27 June 2023

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway to join the army


Photo: © 2023 The Royal Court/Øivind Möller Bakken.

Photo: © 2023 The Royal Court/Liv Anette Luane.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway graduated from Elvebakken videregående skole (upper secondary school) last week. The second photo above was released by the Norwegian Royal Court yesterday, showing the princess together with her parents Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit at the graduation ceremony.

Yesterday the Norwegian Royal Court also revealed Princess Ingrid Alexandra's plans for the near future. In the fall she will work at her former school Uranienborg in Oslo as a school assistant and environmental health worker. In January 2024 she will start on her 12 months long basic miltary service at Skjold Military Camp at Øverbygd in Målselv municipality, Troms and Finnmark county. Skjold Camp is the home base for the 2nd Batalion and the Engineers' Batalion. After the recruit period she will be given a service position and carry out a period with more specific education followed by a division period with more training and exercises.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra is 2nd in line of succession to the Norwegian throne and will as future monarch and head of state also become commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. In my opinion it is therefore important that she does her military service and gets a basic training and better understanding of the Armed Forces. I am therefore very pleased for the choices she had made so far.

5 June 2023

UK: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have become parents again

Princess Eugenie of York announced on her Instagram account today, 5 June 2023, that she gave birth to her and her husband Jack Brooksbank's second son on 30 May 2023:

Jack and I wanted to share the news that we had our little boy, Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank on 30th May 2023 at 8.49 weighing 7.1lbs.

He is named after his great great great Grandfather George, his Grandpa George and my Grandpa Ronald.

Augie is loving being a big brother already.

The couple's first son, August, was born on 9 February 2021. The (almost) newborn baby boy, who is 13th in line of succession to the British throne, has, if I understand it correctly, been named Ernest after his great-great-great-grandfather King George V (1865–1936), whose full name was George Frederick Ernest Albert, George after his grandfather George Brooksbank (1949–2021), father of Jack, and Ronnie after his great-grandfather Ronald Ferguson (1931–2003), father of Sarah, Duchess of York. 

The announcement doesn't say anything about where the baby boy was born, but I would guess that Portland Hospital in London, where August was born, is the most likely place of birth.