19 August 2010

Princess Ingrid Alexandra's first day at school

Princess Ingrid Alexandra, the oldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, had her first day at school today, 19 August 2010. In May it was revealed that the 6 years old princess was registered to start school at Jansløkka in Asker, close to the Crown Prince family's residence Skaugum. Princess Ingrid Alexandra thus became the first member of the royal house to attend a neighbourhood school.

At her first school day, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, who is second in line of succession to the Norwegian throne, was accompanied by her parents as well as her grandfather King Harald and grandmother Marit Tjessem.

The first-day-of-school ceremony followed traditional lines. The princess shaked hands, like all the other pupils, with the headmaster, Else Beitnes Johansen, and her teacher Margrethe Setså Jensen, listened to the headmaster's welcome speech and was introduced to the other pupils in her class, referred to as "1 grønn" ("1 green").

Views and News of Norway has published a nice article about Ingrid Alexandra's first school day: Heir to the throne starts school. I have also made a collection of links to various articles covering Princess Ingrid Alexandra's big day, including photos and video coverage:
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