Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday party will feature royals from across Europe in tiaras and evening dresses, including Princess Mary, Queen Maxima, Crown Princess Victoria, but the British royal family will be absent | Norwegian royal family
The who’s who of European royal families will come together in a few hours in what is expected to be one of the most glamorous events of the year so far.
A gala banquet is organized for The future Queen of NorwayPrincess Ingrid Alexandra, on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
Princess Ingrid turned 18 on January 21 but the party was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, like so many other royal events.
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His birthday celebrations began on Thursday with a reception hosted by the Norwegian government at the Deichman (public library) in Oslo.
On Friday evening, the Norwegian Royal Family will welcome friends and family from across the continent for an even grander celebration.
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The party will also see a number of future monarchs come together for the show.
Confirmed guests include Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess MaryCrown Princess of Sweden Victoria, Prince Daniel and their children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and their daughter Princess Amalia and King Felipe of Spain. His wife, Queen Letiziais unable to attend.
Other guests to have accepted an invitation are Queen Mathilde of Belgium and her daughter Princess Elisabeth, Crown Prince of Greece Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and their adult children Prince Constantin Alexios, Princess Maria Olympia and Prince Aristides.
Luxembourg and Bulgarian royalty will also be there.
Curiously, no member of the British royal family is on the guest list.
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway throw the party in Oslo, but despite the monarch being a great-grandson of King Edward VII, much like Queen Elizabeth IIno one from the House of Windsor will be included.
No reason was given, but it led to suggestions of a ‘snub’ towards the British royal family.
Given who will be there, it seems unusual that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Britain’s future king and queen after Prince Charles and Camilla – are missing.
However, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco – or any other member of the monegasque royal family – will not be there either, nor will the royals of some of the other smaller European royal dynasties.
The gala will also see some of the young royal ladies wearing a tiara for the first time, no doubt an exciting time in their lives.
Birthday girl Princess Ingrid will make her tiara debut, as will Princess Amalia of the Netherlands who celebrated her 18th birthday last year.
Overnight, the festivities began with a pre-anniversary party in the capital.
Guests included the King and Queen of Norway, Princess Ingrid’s parents, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and their sons Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Høiby, Mette-Marit’s parents. Marit. son from a previous relationship.
Newly engaged Princess Märtha Louise was there with fiance Shaman Durek with other members of the Norwegian royal family.
It was Princess Märtha and Durek’s first public appearance together since announcing their intention to marry.
In January, the Norwegian royal court shared photos of Princess Ingrid from her new office inside the royal palace.
“In the future, Princess Ingrid Alexandra will have more official engagements on behalf of the Royal Family, but in the years to come her primary focus will be her education,” the palace said in a statement.
She is expected to attend university for several years before embarking on full-time royal duties.
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