Norway's Princess Ingrid shines in new portraits to mark her 12th birthday

by Ainhoa Barcelona

Happy Birthday Princess Ingrid Alexandra! In celebration of her 12th birthday on Jan. 21, officials have released three new portraits of the princess. While two portraits feature Ingrid by herself, one picture captures the birthday girl with her proud parents, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Ingrid, who is second-in-line to the Norwegian throne, smiles and poses for royal photographer Jørgen Gomnæs, the same artist who took the royal family's recent official portraits.

Wearing a white dress and a heart-shaped diamond necklace, Ingrid shows poise and confidence in front of the camera.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYprincess-ingrid1-Princess Ingrid is second-in-line to the Norwegian throne. © Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

For her picture with her parents, Ingrid wore a summery floral dress with a navy cardigan, and doting mom Mette-Marit placed an affectionate hand on her daughter's shoulder.

Ingrid will one day be queen of Norway, making her the second female monarch to rule the country. In 1990, the constitution of Norway was altered so that the crown would pass to the eldest child regardless of gender, in this case Ingrid, but keep the current crown prince, her father Haakon, ahead of his elder sister, Princess Martha Louise.

The 12-year-old princess is the eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. © Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

Ingrid has a younger brother, Prince Sverre, who turned 10 last month, and an older half-brother, Marius, who is Mette-Marit's son from a relationship before she married Haakon.

To reflect her position in the royal family, the court also released a new photo of the three generations earlier this month. Ingrid, her father and her grandfather, King Harald V, posed for one picture.

The law was changed in 1990 to introduce absolute primogeniture. © Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

The princess, who attends the private English-language Oslo International School, has already carried out several official engagements.

Her most notable appearances are on Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17, when Ingrid joins other members of the royal family on the palace balcony, to greet the annual children's parade. The young royal has also attended the traditional ski-jumping tournament in Oslo.

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