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| Crown Prince of Norway
|Spouse||Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway|
| Princess Ingrid Alexandra|
Prince Sverre Magnus
|House||House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg|
|Father||Harald V of Norway|
|Born|| 20 July 1973 |
Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway
*Member of the Norwegian Royal House
Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway (Norwegian pronunciation: hoː.kɔn; born on 20 July 1973 in Oslo, full name Haakon Magnus) is the heir apparent to the throne of Norway. On birth he was named Prince Haakon Magnus but it was stressed in the announcement that he would go by the name Haakon. He became Crown Prince Haakon when his father ascended to the crown as Harald V in 1991. Upon becoming king, he will be known as Haakon VIII of Norway.
Haakon has one sibling, Princess Märtha Louise (born 1971). In 1990, the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting absolute primogeniture to the Norwegian throne, meaning that the eldest child, regardless of gender, takes precedence in the line of succession. This was not, however, done retroactively (as, for example, Sweden had done in 1980), meaning that Haakon continues to take precedence over his older sister.
Haakon served in the Royal Norwegian Navy undertaking his first-level officer's education at the Norwegian Naval Academy, followed by a year aboard missile torpedo boats and other vessels. He then went abroad, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. Haakon later attended lectures at the University of Oslo and took the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' civil servant introductory course in 2001. He completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded an MSc in development studies, specialising in international trade and Africa.
Haakon married commoner and single mother Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 25 August 2001, at Oslo Cathedral, who upon her marriage became Crown Princess. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was the best man.
When the engagement between Crown Prince Haakon and Høiby was announced, many Norwegians felt that the Crown Prince’s choice of wife was inappropriate. This was primarily about her being a single mother, but information concerning her involvement in the Rave scene in Oslo, which included a significant drug-subculture, also added to the controversy. In addition, the father of her child was convicted of drug-related offences. In a heartfelt press conference before the wedding the Crown Princess explained about her past, saying among other things that her youthful rebelliousness might have been stronger than most young people.
Although some still find her inappropriate as a future leader of the country, the issue of Mette-Marit's past has largely been laid to rest in Norwegian public discourse.
Haakon and Mette-Marit have two children:
- Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra born on 21 January 2004, in Oslo.
- His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus born 3 December 2005 in Oslo.
The Crown Prince was involved in several sports and seemed to take a particular liking to windsurfing. However, he has not engaged in serious competitions. Haakon is known as a big music fan. When he was younger, he attended music festivals all over Europe, including the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and the Quart Festival in Kristiansand, Norway.
He has also been part of Olympics ceremonies. In 1994, the Crown Prince and his father played roles during the opening ceremony in Lillehammer. While the King declared open the Games, the Crown Prince lit the cauldron, paying tribute to his father and grandfather having served as Olympians. He attended the opening ceremony in Vancouver.
Beginning Tuesday afternoon 25 November 2003, and ending in the evening of 12 April 2004, Haakon was the country's regent, during the King's treatment for cancer and the subsequent convalescence period. Likewise, Haakon was Norway's regent from 29 March 2005 until the King had fully recovered from the heart surgery he underwent on 1 April. This period ended on 7 June.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Humanitarian Fund was established in 2001 in connection with the wedding of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. The couple announced that they wished for donations to the fund as wedding gifts. The fund allocates funds to humanitarian projects in Norway and abroad. In Norway the fund mainly focuses on projects aimed at improving conditions for children and young people. Abroad, the fund mainly focuses on projects related to health and education.
In 2006, Haakon established Global Dignity with Pekka Himanen and John Hope Bryant. Global Dignity is an independent, non-political organization that promotes the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life.
In addition to his official duties, Haakon has a strong interest in cultural matters. In January 2006, Haakon (along with the Norwegian Royal Family) revised his patronage list. He now has twelve patronage roles in his portfolio including the annual Bjørnson literary festival. The patronage roles will last for five years, after which they will be up for renewal and other groups can apply for Royal support.
- Norwegian Lifesaving Society
- The Ibsen Stage Festival
- Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
- The Norwegian International Film Festival
- Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
- Nordland Music Festival
- The Norwegian Band Federation
- 4H Norge – Norwegian 4H Organization
- Landsforbundet mot Stoffmisbruk (“The Norwegian Association against Substance Abuse”)
- The Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association
- The Christian Radich Sail Training Foundation
- The Norwegian Festival of International Literature
Honours and awardsEdit
- Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
- Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
- Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch
- Royal House Centenary Medal
- Olav V's Commemorative Medal
- Olav V's Jubilee Medal
- Olav V's Centenary Medal
- Royal Norwegian Navy Service Medal
- Norwegian Reserve Officers Federal Badge of Honour
- Naval Society Medal of Merit in gold
- Oslo Military Society Badge of Honour in Gold
- Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
- Grand Cross of the Order of Stara Planina
- Knight of Order of the Elephant
- Grand Cross of Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
- Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Renaissance (Order of Al-Nahda)
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Three Stars
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Grand Cross with sword of the Order of Orange-Nassau
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
- Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique
- Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
- Knight of the Order of the Seraphim
- Olympic Games
- Lighter of the Olympic Cauldron; 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, opened by his father, King Harald V.
A horse race bears his name, Kronprins Haakons Pokalløp. It is held every year in June, at Drammen Travpark.