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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit:

August 25, 2001 – a date for the history books. The streets of Oslo were packed with spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of Crown Prince Haakon (48) and not least his new wife, Mette-Marit (48), who on the wedding day became Crown Princess of Norway.

The adventurous wedding took place in Oslo Cathedral, and while a sea of ​​people showed up outside the church, the wedding was followed by two million people.

Today, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess celebrate 20 years as husband and wife. On that occasion, Mette-Marit shared a photo of her and Haakon on Instagram.

“20 years”, she writes for the photo followed by a heart emoji.

This he fell for


– Touching and strong

See and Hear royal house expert, Caroline Vagle, remembers the big day well, and says that she never forgets the press conference the couple held just a few days before the wedding.

– There, Mette-Marit opened up about her past. It was incredibly moving and powerful, and I think a lot of critics turned around then. After all, the most important thing was the love between the two, and it was obviously strong, she points out.

HAND IN HAND: The couple posed for a photo shoot in Dronningparken ahead of a press conference.  Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB
HAND IN HAND: The couple posed for photography in Dronningparken ahead of a press conference. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB
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The road to the royal wedding was anything but easy. The Crown Prince’s relationship with Mette-Marit from Kristiansand was widely reported in the newspaper Fædrelandsvennen at the end of 1999.

BIRTHDAY: On July 20 last year, our very own Crown Prince Haakon turned 47 years old. On that occasion, Crown Princess Mette-Marit had chosen to pay tribute to her husband on Instagram. Video: Instagram / Crownprincessmm. Reporter: Embla Hjort-Larsen
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– Difficult road

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess met for the first time at a private party in the Crown Princess’ hometown in the mid-1990s, and in the years that followed, Crown Prince Haakon was a regular guest at the annual Quart Festival.

- Not an eye was dry

– Not an eye was dry


In the summer of 2000, the couple in love appeared hand in hand at the summer festival, and then Dagbladet took the first pictures of Crown Prince Haakon and what would later turn out to be Norway’s Crown Princess.

– The wedding itself was also very moving. The difficult road there, made it even more beautiful. Bishop Stålsett gave a warm and personal speech, and the whole of Norway wiped away tears with the touched bride, Vagle says.

THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY: Haakon and Mette-Marit on a boat trip with the Royal Norwegian Ship the day before the wedding.  Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB
THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY: Haakon and Mette-Marit on a boat trip with the Royal Norwegian Ship the day before the wedding. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB
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– Probably understood little

As is well known, Mette-Marit has a son Marius Borg Høiby (24) from before, and the little boy took the country by storm when his mother married the heir to the throne. The royal house expert thought “little Marius” made an impression on the crown prince couple’s big day.

– The very charming little light hair, who probably understood little of what he was suddenly a part of, she says.

BIG DAY: Little Marius naturally also got a lot of attention on the bride and groom's day.  Photo: Ørn Borgen / NTB
BIG DAY: Of course, little Marius also got a lot of attention on the bride and groom’s day. Photo: Ørn Borgen / NTB
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The Crown Prince’s wedding in August 2001 was the first royal wedding in Norway since King Harald got his Sonja Haraldsen in 1968.

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Fought for love

The royal couple themselves had to fight a long battle for love, before they were finally allowed by King Olav to enter into an engagement – the same year they got married.

With this experience in mind, King Harald (84) and Queen Sonja (84) have previously stated that they have chosen to be very supportive in their children’s choice of boyfriends.

TOUCHED: The upcoming Crown Princess was clearly touched during the wedding.  There were also many who attended the wedding.  Photo: NTB
TOUCHED: The upcoming Crown Princess was clearly moved during the wedding. There were also many who attended the wedding. Photo: NTB
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HUSBAND AND WIFE: The Crown Prince Couple's first dance as husband and wife.  Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB
HUSBAND AND WIFE: The Crown Prince Couple’s first dance as husband and wife. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB
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Caroline Vagle believes that Haakon and Mette-Marit’s fight for love, and the demanding start, have only made the relationship and marriage stronger.

– Even though they have had ups and downs like everyone else, they have stood side by side for two decades, she says, and continues:

TOUCHING: A clearly moved Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon spoke for Ingrid Alexandra during the royal confirmation lunch. Video: NRK.
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– To this day, they are generous with kisses, pats and hugs, and they have a flirtatious tone. The Crown Princess just said in an interview that they are different as types, but that it has been good for them. She said he became softer from being with her, and she has learned a lot about being a real human being from him.

FOLKEHAV: Millions of Norwegians watched the wedding on TV, but many had also taken the trip out into the streets of Oslo and at Slottsplassen.  Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB
FOLKEHAV: Millions of Norwegians watched the wedding on television, but many had also taken the trip out into the streets of Oslo and at Slottsplassen. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB
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– Made an impression on me

Earlier this summer, the Crown Princess told “Summer in P2” that Haakon saw her, understood her, was curious and held her.

The Crown Prince, for his part, said that the Crown Princess insists that the two met at the Quart Festival, while he himself says that they met through mutual friends. He pointed out that his version probably sounds better.

HUSBAND AND WIFE: Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit married in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001, and last year were able to celebrate a full 19 years as husband and wife.
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Just before the wedding, a drama was going on few know


– The bright southern girl made an impression on me. You notice well when Mette enters a room. There is a power there, which is not so easy to overlook. She seemed confident and used to the world, and was nice to talk to. It felt safe when we were together. The fact that she had a small child really only told me that she was not afraid to take on commitment and responsibility. She did not become any less attractive in my eyes for that reason, said the heir to the throne.

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