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Old 05-14-2006, 09:34 PM
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So, by Norwegian monarchy law if you marry a commoner, you lose your title "Her Royal Highness"? If so, is there an exception with male royalty, since Haakon not just married to a commoner, but a young woman who had a child with another man who wasn't her husband?

I was always under the impression that Martha-Louise voluntarly gave up her title because she wanted to lead a life outside of the royal family.
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Old 05-14-2006, 10:22 PM
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So, by Norwegian monarchy law if you marry a commoner, you lose your title "Her Royal Highness"? If so, is there an exception with male royalty, since Haakon not just married to a commoner, but a young woman who had a child with another man who wasn't her husband?

I was always under the impression that Martha-Louise voluntarly gave up her title because she wanted to lead a life outside of the royal family.
She did. According to wikipedia, she gave up the title in order to be able to work more freely. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes...uise_of_Norway
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Old 05-14-2006, 11:02 PM
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Märtha Louise gave up her style so that she could work, but she would have lost it anyway upon her marriage to Ari Behn.
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:34 AM
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Märtha Louise gave up her style so that she could work, but she would have lost it anyway upon her marriage to Ari Behn.
That's kind of sexist for such a "forward" country like Norway, don't you think?, in Britain and Spain the Monarch's daughters didn't lose their HRH status for marrying commoners and they are two of the most traditional monarchies in Europe so i'm kind of curious about that:)
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Old 05-15-2006, 01:33 AM
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I believe it was her choice to renounce "HRH". And I've never heard that she would have lost her title upon marrying Ari.
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:14 AM
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It's been fairly common in Norway that females take their husband's last name when they marry. (There are also some males who take their wife's last name, in recent years.)

Märtha Louise renounced her HRH before the wedding, so that she could be able to work, and pay tax of her earnings.

The point is that her aunts, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid were in the same situation as Märtha Louise upon their marriage - they also married commoners, and thus they lost the HRH, but King Haakon and King Olav decided that their style wouldn't be Mrs. Lorentzen and Mrs. Ferner as would have been normal. As they were princesses, their names became Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen and Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner. Princess Märtha Louise just decided to not adopt Ari's last name upon the marriage.
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