RIKSHOSPITALET (TV 2 Nettavisen): Crown Princess Mette-Marit gave birth to a
girl at Rikshospitalet Wednesday morning.
(Arkivbilde: Knut Falch / SCANPIX )
The new successor to the Norwegian throne was born at 9:14 a.m. when Crown
Princess Mette-Marit gave birth to a baby girl.
The little princess will become Norway’s first queen in more than 600 years
if she succeeds to the Norwegian throne. Section 6 of the Constitution was
changed in 1990 in order to give both genders equal right to inherit
Norway’s throne. The new born child therefore enters the order of succession
as number two – next to her father the Crown Prince.
The Crown Princess arrived at the hospital at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. The
Crown Prince Haakon himself drove his wife to the hospital, followed by
Prime Minister congratulates
”On behalf of the Government it is a
great pleasure to congratulate Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess
Mette-Marit with the birth of their daughter," stated Prime Minister Kjell
Magne Bondevik in a statement issued by his office. "We congratulate King
Harald and Queen Sonja with their new grandchild, and the Norwegian people
with a new heiress to the throne."