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RIKSHOSPITALET (TV 2 Nettavisen): Crown Princess Mette-Marit gave birth to a girl at Rikshospitalet Wednesday morning.

21.01.04 13:33

The new successor to the Norwegian throne was born at 9:14 a.m. when Crown Princess Mette-Marit gave birth to a baby girl.

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 – next to her father the Crown Prince.

The Crown Princess arrived at the hospital at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. The Crown Prince Haakon himself drove his wife to the hospital, followed by police escort.

Prime Minister congratulates
”On behalf of the Government it is a great pleasure to congratulate Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with the birth of their daughter," stated Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik in a statement issued by his office. "We congratulate King Harald and Queen Sonja with their new grandchild, and the Norwegian people with a new heiress to the throne."

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