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Norway’s royal family donned traditional dress as they made a public appearance to celebrate their country’s National Day today.
Crown Prince Haakon, 48, and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 48, alongside their two children Sverre Magnus, 16, and Ingrid Alexandra, 18, were snapped as they took to the steps of their Skaugum estate outside Oslo to watch a children’s parade.
Prince Haakon opted to wear a man’s bunad suit; traditional Norwegian costumes featuring knee socks and white shirts, as well as pops of red – which features prominently on the country’s flag.
Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and daughter Ingrid donned women’s bunads, wearing white blouses, dark skirts, and aprons.
Norwegian royals (pictured L-R) Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Sverre Magnus, Crown Prince Haakon and Ingrid Alexandra donned traditional dress as they took to the steps of their official residence to watch a children’s parade during Norway’s National Day
Crown Princess Mette-Marit (pictured, left) is the wife of Norwegian heir to the throne, Crown Prince Haakon. They share two children, here she is pictured with Prince Sverre Magnus
Crown Prince Haakon, 48, the heir to the Norwegian throne, dons traditional garb to celebrate Norway’s National Day alongside his 18-year-old daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra
However, in contrast to the rest of his family, son Sverre chose a slick navy suit and blue tie, paired with smart black dress shoes.
They were also accompanied by their pet pooches, whose necks were adorned with neckerchiefs in the red and blue colours of Norway.
The holiday, which is celebrated on May 17th every year, marks the signing of the constitution declaring Norway an independent kingdom in 1814.
The constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark–Norway’s devastating defeat in the Napoleonic Wars.
As part of the country’s National Day celebrations, the royals watched a children’s parade, with two of the young participants meeting the family as they handed over a bouquet of flowers
Traditional: 18-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra (pictured, left) joined her mother Crown Princess Mette-Marit (pictured, right) in wearing an elaborate Norwegian traditional costume
The royal men also dressed for the occasion, however 16-year-old son Sverre (pictured, left) chose a smart navy suit, in contrast to his family who wore traditional Norwegian bunads
Celebrations, which take place nationwide, include parades as well as the royal appearances where the family greet crowds of the public.
Today’s royal appearance marks a return to traditional celebrations, which were curtailed over the last two years due to the Covid pandemic.
Later today, Norway’s King Harald and his wife Queen Sonja, joined by other members of the family, will take to the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo to watch another children’s parade.
Even the family pets were dressed in Norway’s national colours, wearing red and blue neckerchiefs for their public appearance
Princess Mette-Marit (pictured, left) also has an older son from a previous relationship, but he did not take part in the royal family’s appearance
Princess Mette-Marit’s older son Marius was not seen with the family for the celebrations.
At the time of her wedding to the Crown Prince in 2001, she was a single parent to a four-year-old son, and is now a mother-of-three.
She has since become widely respected for her charity work and has been a special representative for UNAIDS, a branch of the UN that focuses on dealing with HIV and AIDS.
She also joined the Norwegian aid agency NORAD as an intern, and is a patron of several Norwegian charities, including the Oslo International Church Music Festival and the Norwegian Scouting Association.