The Norwegian royal family welcomed royals from all around Europe for the glamorous evening.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra, who is second in line to the
Norwegian throne, after her father, Crown Prince Haakon, is finally celebrating her 18th birthday. (She turned 18 in January, but the festivities were delayed until today because of the pandemic.) Last night, there was a government dinner in honor of the future monarch, and then this evening, to toast their granddaughter, Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja threw Princess Ingrid Alexandra a glamorous gala at the Royal Palace.
A number of European royals, including fellow future Queens, were believed to be in attendance, including: the Netherlands' Princess Catharina-Amalia,
Belgium's Princess Elisabeth, and Sweden's Princess Estelle. In addition, Spain's King Felipe, Denmark's Crown Prince Fredrik, and Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were at the gala, and this weekend marks the first royal appearance of Norway's Princess Märtha Louise and her fiancé Shaman Durek Verrett as an engaged couple.
Here, see all the best photos from the birthday events:
The birthday girl herself, Princess Ingrid, was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Stoere, as she walked into the dinner in her honor on Thursday night.
Princess Martha-Louise of Norway and her fiancé, shaman Durek Verrett, make their first royal appearance as an engaged couple on the red carpet for the government dinner.
Shaman Durek later shared a sweet message in honor of Princess Ingrid on his Instagram, writing: “Since the day we met, you always made me feel loved and acknowledged in the family. Your warm smile across the room at me is always a feeling of grace and kindness. We have the best time together.”
Princess Ingrid's parents, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, were all smiles to celebrate their daughter's milestone birthday.
As were King Harald and Queen Sonja.
Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner, the older sister of King Harald V, arrived at the dinner wearing a glamorous fur cape.
Princess Ingrid and her family waved to the crowds ahead of the celebration.
Princess Ingrid gave a speech at the event, sharing that she feels fortunate to grow up in a community of trust and a country seeking solutions so its people can have the best lives possible.
Several portraits of Princess Ingrid were release in honor of the occasion. In the pictures she can be seen wearing several orders, including Grand Cross of the Order of St Olav and His Majesty King Harald V’s House order (portrait brooch), which were conferred on her by the King on her 18th birthday. Atop her head is a diamond and pearl tiara passed down from Princess Ingeborg of Sweden.
Heres another portrait of Ingrid released in honor of her birthday celebrations.
Ingrid (center) posted for a photo with her family at the gala in honor of her 18th birthday.
Here, another version of the family portrait. Princess Ingrid Alexandra sits front and center, with her grandparents, King Harald V and Queen Sonja alongside her. In the second row are, left to right: Marit Tjessem, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Haakon, Prince Sverre Magnus, and Marius Borg Hoiby.
A new generation of royal heirs from around Europe gathered to celebrate Princess Ingrid. Here, she sits in the center and poses with (front L and R) Princess Estelle of Sweden and Prince Charles of Luxembourg and (back L to R) Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant.