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«The most beautiful baby girl in the world»

Crown Princess Mette-Marit gave birth to a girl at Rikshospitalet Wednesday morning. Both mother and child are doing well, said Crown Prince Haakon at the press conference.

“She is the most beautiful and wonderful baby girl in the whole wide world,” said Crown Prince Haakon when he met the press after the birth of his first born child. “I cried of happiness. It was just amazing, a really powerful experience.”

The new successor to the Norwegian throne was born at 9:13 a.m. when Crown Princess Mette-Marit gave birth to a baby girl weighing 3684 grams and 52 centimetres long. The Crown Prince was present during the delivery and cut his child’s umbilical cord.

“We have been given a gift, a child,” the Crown Princes beamed. “We would have been happy regardless of the gender, but we are very happy that it was a girl.”

King Harald has decided that the little princess will have the title Her Royal Highness.

The little princess will become Norway’s first queen in more than 600 years if she succeeds to the Norwegian throne. Section 6 of the Constitution was changed in 1990 in order to give both genders equal right to inherit Norway’s throne. The new born child therefore enters the order of succession as number two, after to her father the Crown Prince.

The little princess’ name will be announced at the extraordinary cabinet meeting Thursday. The Crown Prince himself will inform the cabinet members of the selected name.

The Crown Prince couple arrived at the hospital at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, and the child was born about five hours later.

The Crown Prince admitted that he was tired after a long night. Crown Prince Haakon stated that he would spend most of his time with his family the next couple of weeks, and he would only participate in the most necessary functions.

The Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her new born child had already left the hospital for home when the press conference stared at about 1:45 p.m., and the Crown Prince was eager to follow them.

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