RECENT MAJOR EUROPEAN ROYAL WEDDINGS
In the last ten years, royal aficionados and bridal fashionistas have been treated to the spectacle of royal weddings as Europe’s royal families have welcomed new members to their senior ranks. There has been much comment on Catherine Middleton’s commoner roots, but a cursory look at the family trees of today’s royals on the European continent shows that the last decade has seen a proliferation of commoners marrying royalty. Here are the major royal weddings of the last decade where the heir of a reigning European monarch married a commoner.
ROYAL WEDDING NUMBER ONE: NORWAY
(2001) CROWN PRINCE HAAKON OF NORWAY AND METTE MARIT TSESSEM HØIBY
On August 25, 2001, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in Oslo, married a Norwegian commoner, Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby. Prince Haakon’s choice of a bride raised more than a few eyebrows. Mette-Marit had a hard-partying past and a son born out of wedlock. During her engagement presentation to the press, she apologized for her checkered past. Despite her questionable background, Mette-Marit became engaged to the son and heir of Norway’s king. Mette-Marit and Haakon’s wedding took place at Oslo Cathedral. Mette-Marit’s bridal gown had an ethereal quality to it. It was made of silk tulle and had a skirt that flared out into a train. Her unusual modern bouquet was straight and long, worn in a muff style. Mette-Marit and Haakon are the parents of a daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, and a son, Prince Sverre Magnus.