Today is the tenth birthday of Princess Ingrid Alexandra, who was born at the National Hospital in Oslo at 9.13 a.m. on 21 January 2004. The birthday will be celebrated privately.
Because of the constitutional change of 1990 which made succession to the throne gender-neutral, Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the first female heiress to the throne in the long history of the Norwegian monarchy. She will become the first female monarch since Queen Dowager Margareta Valdemarsdatter, who reigned from 1387 to 1412 (but was not Queen Regnant).
The Princess does occasionally accompany other family members to official engagements, but naturally she will not become what is sometimes called a working royal until after she has completed her education. However, if her father has ascended to the throne by the time she celebrates her eighteenth birthday, she will, as Crown Princess, take her seat in the State Council and be able to serve as Regent after having signed a written oath to uphold the Constitution. (If her eighteenth birthday occurs in the reign of her grandfather, however, it will only be after his death that she will take her seat in the State Council and be able to serve as Regent).
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