Märtha's career as a performer
Royals applaud their singing princess
A visibly pregnant Princess Martha Louise wrapped up a nationwide concert tour in Oslo with the Oslo Gospel Choir on Sunday. Her closest family, led by parents King Harald and Queen Sonja, formed an enthusiastic cheering section.
The princess made royal history in Norway with her starring role on stage as an entertainer. She and the choir have held 27 concerts all over the country since the Christmas tour started November 30 in Harstad.
"I've seen six of them, so I'm what you'd call a 'super fan,'" said her proud husband Ari Behn as he walked into the Oslo Spektrum arena Sunday evening along with his own parents and the rest of the royal family.
Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her son Marius returned late last week to Norway from London, where they're studying. They were along for the concert, as were the crown princess' mother and step-father from Kristiansand.
The arena was nearly sold out with several top politicians in the audience as well, including Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.
Princess Martha Louise both read out loud from her own Christmas fairy tale, called "The Christmas Lights" (Julelysene), and sang, backed by Sigvart Dagsland and the choir.
The princess wore a maternity dress specially designed for her by textile expert Hege Mari Sorum. Her first child is due in late April or early May.
A pregnant Princess Martha Louise on stage at the Oslo Spektrum arena. PHOTO: Fjeldstad, Knut
It's clever, but is it art? ~Rudyard Kipling