Line of succession to the Norwegian throne

Line of succession to the Norwegian throne

In 1990 the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting equal primogeniture to the Norwegian throne, meaning that the eldest child, regardless of gender, takes precedence in the line of succession. Since this was not done retroactively, the first member of the royal family it applies to is Princess Ingrid Alexandra. This means that she takes precedence over her younger brother, but her father Haakon continues to take precedence over "his" older sister, Princess Märtha Louise.

The order of succession to the Norwegian throne is described in article 6 in the Constitution of Norway:

:"The order of succession is lineal, so that only a child born in lawful wedlock of the Queen or King, or of one who is herself or himself entitled to the succession may succeed, and so that the nearest line shall take precedence over the more remote and the elder in the line over the younger."

:"An unborn child shall also be included among those entitled to the succession and shall immediately take her or his proper place in the line of succession as soon as she or he is born into the world."

:"The right of succession shall not, however, belong to any person who is not born in the direct line of descent from the last reigning Queen or King or a sister or brother thereof, or is herself or himself a sister or brother thereof."

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:"For those born before the year 1971, Article 6 of the Constitution as it was passed on 18 November 1905 shall, however, apply. For those born before the year 1990 it shall nevertheless be the case that a male shall take precedence over a female."

Article 6 of the original constitution had specified salic (male-only) succession; so Harald's sisters Ragnhild (b. 1930) and Astrid (b. 1932) and their descendants are excluded from the line of succession. Under the male-preference primogeniture applying to those born between 1971 and 1990, Princess Märtha Louise (b. 1971) places behind her younger brother Haakon and his descendants.

Current line of succession

Current King: Harald V (b. 1937)

#HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, King Harald's son (b. 1973)
#HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Prince Haakon's and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's daughter (b. 2004)
#HH Prince Sverre Magnus, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess's son (b. 2005)
#HH Princess Märtha Louise, King Harald's daughter (b. 1971)
#Maud Angelica Behn, Princess Märtha Louise's daughter (b. 2003)
#Leah Isadora Behn, Princess Märtha Louise's second daughter (b. 2005)
#Emma Tallulah Behn, Princess Märtha Louise's third daughter (b. 2008)


For the ancestry of the current Royal House of Norway, see Ahnentafel of Harald V of Norway.

ee also

*Norwegian Law of Succession

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