Mette-Marit, the crown princess of Norway, was due to give birth to the new heir to the Norwegian throne on Wednesday.
The reigning crown prince Haakon and the crown princess arrived at the hospital right before four a.m. Wednesday morning. The crown prince drove the car himself, but was accompanied by the Royal escorte.
The Royal spokeswoman Wenche Rasch confirmed Wednesday night that the crown princess had been admitted to the National Hospital, Rikshospitalet. The Royal Castle will not comment on the birth until the heir to the throne is born.
Thomas Åbyholm, clinical director of medicine, arrived at the hospital at 6:15. He is medically responsible to overview the birth of Norways new heir to the throne.
Expected due date January 22
Mette-Marit was due to deliver her baby on January 22nd.
The Crown Princess has been at regular check ups at the hospital, and she stated as late as December 23 that everything was normal and she and the unborn child were doing just fine. The Crown Princess has not had any official duties since before Christmas.
If the crown prince and crown princess get a girl, she will become the first queen in Norwegian history since centuries. The law concerning the heritage to the Norwegian throne was altered after the birth of crown princess Haakon Magnus and his elder sister, princess Märtha Louise .
As soon as possible after the child is born, the immediate family and the Parliament President are notified that a successor to the throne is born. Secondly, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the Bishop of Oslo, the Norwegian military and the royal relatives in Europe are notified.
Announced on Queen Sonjas birthday
The announcement of the Crown Princess pregnancy was made by the Royal Court on Queen Sonjas birthday, July 4. Only two days prior, little Maud Angelica was christened on the same day as the 100 years jubilee of King Olavs birth was celebrated.
Crown Prince Haakon himself informed the cabinet of his wifes pregnancy.
Crown Prince Haakon is functioning as king during his father king Haralds recovery period from a cancer operation right before Christmas last year.
Mette-Marit has a seven year old son, Marius Borg, from a previous relationship.
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