New Norwegian prince is born!

12/05/2005 at 08:39 AM ET

Update: CBB reader Maren writes, "I just read it in a German online newspaper that the newborn prince is called Sverre Magnus – everyone seems to be surprised about this since it has been speculated the name would be either Olav or Harald…"

Norwegian Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon welcomed their son Saturday morning at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo at 10:45 am local time. At a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Crown Prince Haakon announced that his new son is 20.5 inches (52 cm) long and weighs 8 lbs and 11 oz (3,944 grams) and that he cut the umbilical cord himself. The baby’s name will be officially announced on Monday although it is speculated that it will be Olav or Harald, according to Norwegian royal tradition.

The new prince is the second child of Mette- Marit and her husband Crown Prince Haakon, and is third in line to the Norwegian throne.  His sister, Ingrid Alexandra, 2, is second.  This is Mette-Marit’s third child as she already has a son, Marius, from a previous relationship.

Source: Aftenposten Norway (article 1 and 2), Destandaard, Buntet Online

Thanks to CBB Readers Jennie, Sara, Johanna, Maren, Anne and Nicole.

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Angela on

It was just announced that the baby has been named Sverre Magnus. He’ll be Prince Sverre Magnus, but not have the style “His Royal Highness”. So their children are:
Marius Borg Høiby
Her Royal Highness, Princess Ingrid Alexandra
Prince Sverre Magnus

Which is an interesting range of names, styles, and titles. Someday they’ll probably be be Mr. Høiby, Her Majesty Queen Ingrid, and Prince Sverre.

Angela on

It’s not that surprising. There was a King Sverre in the twelfth century in Norway. Also, Ingrid was the name of one of the Crown Princess’s grandmothers, and Sverre was the name of one of her grandfathers.

The name means “troublemaker”, and it is pronounced SPH (as in sphere) err (as in error) and eh (the way Canadians pronounce eh).

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