It was Ingrid Alexandra’s grandmother, Queen Sonja, who gave the first speech during the postponed birthday celebration:
– You can always seek advice and support from all of us around you. It does not depend on how you feel, but how you take it. My mother said so. I want to bring these words to you, says the queen in front of the 199 people in the hall.
She also asks her granddaughter to continue to be herself.
– Hold on to who you are, Ingrid. Dare to think new and open; to do things your own way. And remember, being perfect is not an end in itself. You have all the prerequisites to make wise choices and have a life that will be good for you, your loved ones and those you will one day be queen of.
The princess’s 18th birthday was January 21, but due to the corona, the official parties are being held this week.
Hints about health
Then it was King Harald’s turn to speak. He came early in the speech with a hint about his own health:
– You probably have to put up with me a little longer.
The king has had some health problems in recent years. In 2020, he underwent surgery due to heart problems. This year he was operated on again, but this time due to a bad knee.
King Harald is full of praise for 18-year-olds and says that he is very fond of her.
He asks her to continue to be playful and enjoy her time as a teenager. He says that he himself has a lot of use for this quality, and says that he “plays best at sea”.
As most people know, the king is an active sailor. Among other things, he became world champion in 1987.
Crying and laughing
When it was Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s turn to speak, she made the audience laugh on several occasions. Among other things, when she said she could talk to her mother about everything, and continued:
– Thank you for allowing us to watch “Sex and the City” together.
When she was to speak to her grandfather, she was in tears. She said, “Oh God,” before beginning the address to King Harald. She started by saying that the two always have such a good time together.
– Thank you for the evenings where we watch sports together or cowboy movies, she said, whereupon everyone laughed.
Harald Stanghelle, commentator in Aftenposten, tells TV 2 that something “completely unusual” happened at the end of her speech:
– It is not common! The speech was greeted with ovation. We almost heard bravo cries. It was a deeply personal speech, which culminated in a tribute to the nation Norway is. She also praised democracy, saying that we can say what we want and be happy with who we want. She also addressed a thank you to everyone in the nuclear family.
Mom and dad
Mom and dad, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, also gave speeches.
– It was a little special. I have been in a similar situation as you are in now, and meet an 18 year old version of me a little at the door. In preparation for what you were going through, we watched videos of when I was 18 in 1991. It’s starting, believe it or not, to be a few years ago. I was a serious young man who thought a lot, says the Crown Prince and is greeted with a lot of laughter.
He also says that his daughter started laughing when she watched old NRK interviews of him, because he was so serious.