Princess Astrid of Norway

Princess Astrid
Spouse Johan Martin Ferner
Issue
Cathrine Ferner
Benedikte Ferner
Alexander Ferner
Elisabeth Ferner
Carl-Christian Ferner
Full name
Astrid Maud Ingeborg
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Olav V of Norway
Mother Princess Märtha of Sweden
Born 12 February 1932 (1932-02-12) (age 79)
Villa Solbakken, Oslo, Norway

Princess Astrid of Norway, Mrs. Ferner, (Astrid Maud Ingeborg, born Oslo, 12 February 1932) is the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway (1903–1991) and his wife, Princess Märtha of Sweden (1901–1954). She is the older sister of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and younger sister of Princess Ragnhild of Norway.

As she is the great-granddaughter of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, she is also in the line of succession to the British throne. She is a second cousin to Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret and also a maternal first cousin to Baudouin of Belgium and his successor Albert II of Belgium.

Biography

From her mother's death in April 1954 until her brother's marriage in August 1968, Princess Astrid was the First Lady of Norway, working side-by-side with her father on all representation duties, including State Visits. Princess Astrid is chair of the board of Crown Princess Märtha’s Memorial Fund which provides financial support to social and humanitarian initiatives carried out by non-governmental organisations.

The Princess married divorced commoner Johan Martin Ferner (b. Asker, 22 July 1927), a sailor and Olympic medalist and a department store owner, in Asker Church outside Oslo on 12 January 1961.

The couple have five children and five grandchildren together:

Norwegian Royal Family
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HM The King *
HM The Queen *

Princess Astrid is styled Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner, since her marriage. Abroad she is entitled to be styled as Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner.

Patronages

The Princess is a patron of several organizations and participates in their activities with great interest. She has been particularly involved in work for children and young people with dyslexia, herself having had a hard time during her childhood and youth due to that condition.

Honours

Styles of
Princess Astrid of Norway
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Reference style Her Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

A 580,000 km² area in Antarctica is named Princess Astrid Coast in her honour.

Ancestry

Princess Astrid of Norway
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 12 February 1932
Norwegian royalty
Preceded by
Victoria Ribeiro
Line of succession to the British throne Succeeded by
Alexander Ferner
Preceded by
Switzerland Alfred Schläppi &
Heinrich Schläppi
President of Organizing Committee for Winter Olympic Games (with Haakon VII of Norway, Olaf Helset & House of Glücksburg )
1952
Succeeded by
Italy Enrico Colli

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