Princess Martha Louise is the only daughter of
King Harald V and Queen Sonja. She was born on September
22, 1971 in Oslo, Norway. Currently, she is fourth in line
of succession to the Norwegian throne, after her brother
Crown Prince Haakon and his daughter Princess Ingrid
Alexandra and his son Prince Sverre Magnus, Martha’s
niece and nephew. Since she is the great-great
granddaughter of King Edward VII, she is 65th in line to
the throne of England.
In 1990 the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting
the eldest child, regardless of gender, precedence to the
line of succession. But unlike Sweden; it was not done
retroactively- which means that the princess’ younger
brother is still in front of her in the line of succession.
Princess Martha Louise is a certified physiotherapist. She
received her education in Oslo and did her internship in
Maastricht, the Netherlands. However she isn’t
practicing her profession. With her love of music and
Norwegian folk tales, she established her own
commercial entertainment business. She gives public and
televised performances reciting folk tales and singing
with well-known Norwegian choirs. In December 2003,
she took part in the Oslo Gospel Choir’s Christmas
concert, and performed a solo!
On January 1, 2002 after starting her own business,
Princess Martha started paying income tax. After the
King consulted her, he issued a royal edict which
removed Princess Martha Louise’s style of Royal
Highness. She is still called Highness when abroad.
Though her activities were reduced, she still carries out
some public duties on behalf of the King.
She married Ari Behn on May 24, 2002. Her first
daughter Maud Angelica Behn was born on April 29,
2003. Her second daughter, Leah Isadora Behn was born
on April 8. 2005.
In October 2004, Princess Martha Louise, her husband
and children moved to New York City. Also in 2004 her
first book “Why Kings and Queens Don’t Wear Crowns”
I think Princess Martha Louise is a great role model for
young females, like myself. She was brave enough to
start her own business, and was willing to give up her
Royal Highness style to do her thing. I hope one day that
I can meet her.
By Heritage Member, Irene Davis, 12 years old.