Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit recently celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary. In 2001 Oslo was abuzz with excitement of an August royal wedding. The couple was married at the Oslo Cathedral by Bishop Gunnar Stålsett in front of dozens of Europe’s royals.
Yes, there was controversy. At the time, the bride had a child from a previous relationship and many Norwegians, especially the media, felt that Mette was not the proper bride for their future king. Crown Prince Haakon didn’t relent and even asked the media to stop their hostile coverage on the bride’s past and her young son. Now, that’s a love story.
Last year, the team at People.comm in “Happily After…” provided a good summary of the controversial surroundings before the wedding.
Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon of Norway Celebrate 14th Anniversary : People.com
Before she tied the knot on August 25, 2001, the blonde-haired beauty was a Norwegian commoner and single mom to a young son, Marius (born January 1997). Despite criticism from those who questioned their courtship, Prince Haakon could only hear wedding bells… Read more…
Royal Guests at Crown Prince Nuptial
Ella Kay at TheRoyalJeweler.com in “ROYAL JEWEL REWIND: HAAKON AND METTE-MARIT’S WEDDING (2001)” highlights royal wedding guests and their jewels.
Royal Jewel Rewind: Haakon and Mette-Marit’s Wedding (2001)
It’s hard to believe, but 2001 was a whole 15 years ago! Mette-Marit wore a bandeau of diamond daisies with her wedding ensemble. The tiara — an antique piece that was made around a century ago — was a gift from her new in-laws, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway. Read more…
Mette-Marit, designer Ove Harder Finseth and seamstress Anna Bratland collaborated on the bridal gown. The custom-dyed ecru gown was made with thick silk crêpe and soft silk tulle. The skirt was flared with a two-meter-long train, inspired by the gowns of Queen Maud.
The bride’s tiara was a gift from her new in-laws, King Harald V and Queen Sonja. Made in 1910, the diamonds in the tiara form 23 floral rosettes and is set in platinum and yellow gold.
Mette-Marit’s bouquet was non-traditional but reflective of the bride. Mette-Marit worked closely with Oslo florist Aina Nyberget Kleppe in design and flower selection. The bouquet was made up of rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii), Wanda orchids, hydrangeas, roses in pink and mauve tones, bear grass, beads and metal threads.
To recapture the excitement of that day view the following video. Although it’s in Norwegian, you can still feel the excitement and see the beauty of this Nordic royal wedding.