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Old 08-10-2021, 08:30 AM
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King is still an automatically higher title than Queen, which is why husbands of a Queen Regnant are usually Prince Consort, so it's actually a case of gender bias in the opposite direction which means men have to take a lower title than their female consort counter parts.

I personally do think it would be awkward to say "here come the King and Queen" when it is the Queen who is Regnant, or at least in English it would be.

I understand your point, but I must say that such awkwardness is mostly a cultural perception. As mentioned before in TRF, the husbands of reigning queens in Spain and Portugal, and earlier even in Scotland, held the title of king (consort), but did not outrank their wives.

It is unfortunate that Spain has now abandoned that tradition and switched to a British-like system where, under the terms of the Royal Decree 1368/1987, future husbands of reigning queens (e.g. Leonor's husband) will be titled Prince with the style of Royal Highness.


In the case of same-sex royal couples, which I agree will happen eventually, maybe sooner than expected, I am pretty sure that Prince/Princess will be the title of choice for consorts and I would be very surprised otherwise.


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Norwegian royal journalist and writer Trond Norén Isaksen has written an article in Aftenposten about the title of a potential future husband of Princess Ingrid Alexandra stating that "if the Princess marries a man he should have the title of king". He goes on writing that it was the custom in European monarchies until Queen Anne ascended the throne of England etc in 1702 and that there are nothing in the Norwegian Constitution stopping it from happening.
The article was written as a commentary on a piece by "language reporter" (?) Kristin Storrusten that I unfortunately haven't been able to read because of a paywall.

https://www.aftenposten.no/meninger/...r-kalles-konge
I haven't read the Norwegian constitution in Norwegian, but the English translation uses the word "King" to refer to the monarch/ head of State/ (nominal) holder of the Executive power. In Denmark, where the constitution is similarly worded, that has been used in the past as an excuse, see our friend Mr. Muhler's posts, to argue against the reigning queen's husband (e.g. Prince Henrik) being called "King".


The modern Swedish constitution, which appears to have been written already envisaging a possible future transition to a republic, avoids this problem as the monarch is mostly referred to simply as "the Head of State" or, alternatively, in the form "the King or Queen who occupies the throne", or "the King or Queen who is the Head of State", which is a very clever wording in my opinion to avoid any ambiguity.
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Old 08-10-2021, 09:18 AM
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While I will quote my response here, I think the thread Title & Role of a Consort would be a good place to continue the general discussion about titles of consorts which extends outside of Norway.


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The perception that King is a "higher title" than Queen only seems to emerge in discussions of titles of consorts, and never elsewhere.

Nowhere in the many discussions I have read on royal websites and social media have I ever heard admirers of Queen Elizabeth II of the UK or Queen Margrethe II of Denmark bemoan that they were given "lower titles" than their fathers and other male monarchs.

Royal watchers to my knowledge have never argued that monarchies whose constitutions strictly regulate the powers and duties of a King will provoke a constitutional crisis if and when Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, for example, accedes to the throne as a Queen. On this issue, royal watchers easily accept that a Queen is precisely the same thing as a King, and therefore the constitution's regulations for reigning Kings will extend to a reigning Queen.

As for consorts, it is frequently brought up in conversations about the British royal family that under British common law, a wife has the right to take the rank and title of her husband and morganatic marriages for female consorts are impossible. But no one has claimed that if the future King Charles's wife Camilla is styled Queen, it would introduce morganatic marriages as Queen is a "lower title" than King.
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Norwegian royal journalist and writer Trond Norén Isaksen has written an article in Aftenposten about the title of a potential future husband of Princess Ingrid Alexandra stating that "if the Princess marries a man he should have the title of king". He goes on writing that it was the custom in European monarchies until Queen Anne ascended the throne of England etc in 1702 and that there are nothing in the Norwegian Constitution stopping it from happening.
The article was written as a commentary on a piece by "language reporter" (?) Kristin Storrusten that I unfortunately haven't been able to read because of a paywall.

https://www.aftenposten.no/meninger/...r-kalles-konge
Trond Norén Isaksen is a reliable historian, and his article is worth the read.

It is very questionable that commenters usually plead tradition regarding gender-discriminatory titles of European consorts, but willfully exclude the hundreds of years of tradition which were set by kings consort prior to the recent trend begun by the UK.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:10 AM
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I haven't read the Norwegian constitution in Norwegian, but the English translation uses the word "King" to refer to the monarch/ head of State/ (nominal) holder of the Executive power.
The only exceptions are Articles 6 and 48, which govern succession and election to the throne, and Article 3, which references the aforementioned articles.

§ 3.
Den utøvende makt er hos kongen eller hos dronningen, hvis hun har ervervet kronen etter bestemmelsene i § 6, § 7 eller § 48 i denne Grunnlov. Når den utøvende makt således er hos dronningen, har hun alle de rettigheter og plikter som ifølge denne Grunnlov og landets lover innehas av kongen.

Article 3.
The executive power is vested in the King, or in the Queen if she has succeeded to the Crown pursuant to the provisions of Article 6 or Article 7 or Article 48 of this Constitution. When the executive power is thus vested in the Queen, she has all the rights and obligations which pursuant to this Constitution and the law of the land are possessed by the King.

The difference with the language for prince(sse)s is interesting. Every use of "prince(s)" in the Constitution from before 1990 has been substituted with "prince or princess" or "princes and princesses", but for Article 21's "De kongelige prinser må ikke bekle sivile embeter" (The royal princes must not hold senior civil offices).

https://lovdata.no/dokument/NL/lov/1814-05-17
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Old 10-02-2021, 10:48 AM
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On the official website of the Royal House I noticed the following explanation of the membership of the Royal House and the Royal Family.

The Royal Family - The Royal House of Norway

The Royal Family

The Royal House of Norway belongs to the House of Glücksburg. The members of the Norwegian Royal House are Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja and Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

The members of the Royal Family are in addition the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s other children, His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus and Mr Marius Borg Høiby; Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise, Miss Maud Angelica Behn, Miss Leah Isadora Behn, Miss Emma Tallulah Behn and Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner.

I may be reading too much into it, but I wonder if the suggestion is that while all of the members of the Royal House belong to the House of Glücksburg, the remaining members of the Royal Family who are not members of the Royal House do not necessarily belong to the House of Glücksburg?

It would seem reasonable to me if Marius Borg Høiby for instance is not regarded as a member of the House of Glücksburg even though he is a member of the Royal Family.
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Old 02-03-2022, 12:02 PM
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From Ingrid's 18th birthday thread (link):
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Regarding the title stuff that has been discussed here:
Yes, Ingrid is described as ''HKH Prinsessen'' (''HRH The Princess'') on the first page of her profile on the Royal House website (and on the page for her decorations), which in all certainty is due to her being the future heir and Monarch.
Should also be said that the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) since 2015 has been doing the same thing when they have referred to members of the Royal House by only their styles/titles (and not by names) when they have appeared on the palace balcony on May 17th (Norway's Constitution Day). - While Sverre Magnus OTOH (who is not part of the Royal House and therefore not a Royal Highness) was described as ''Prince Sverre Magnus'' (and not just ''the Prince'').
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A question regarding the title: has Harald or Haakon ever being addressed as HRH The Prince before they became Crown Prince and when their grandfather were still alive? Is it a "newly invented" formal title or just an informal one to indicate IA's position?
Think I will describe it as a referring-title to indicate her position as a future heir.

But all such titles are referring-titles, including ''His Majesty The King!'' I mean, it would have been a bit weird for the court to use his exact title, which is: Hans Majestet Harald V, Norges Konge (His Majesty Harald V, Norway's King).

But let's go a bit more into detail of what you asked about:

Harald and Haakon: Almost impossible to know how the royal court referred to members of the RF before they launched the royal website on New Year's Eve 1999. But I've seen from digital newspaper archives that the media mostly referred to them as Prince Harald and Prince Haakon Magnus. However, since the Norwegian media have always mostly referred to the royals by using their titles-plus-names and not their styles (with the exception of the monarch), they would probably still have referred to them as Prince Harald and Prince Haakon Magnus, regardless of what the royal court was calling them.

Ingrid: The court has referred to her as ''HRH The Princess'' on the first page of her profile-site (link) for several years already.
Why is it done? Hmm, since they do it with the monarch/consort and the heir/wife, they probably thought it was a good idea to do it with the future heir as well.
However, she is described as ''HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra'' in the official calendar, which is in contrast to her grandparents and parents, who are described as HM The King, HM The Queen, HRH The Crown Prince and HRH The Crown Princess.
So perhaps the court should make their minds up! Either she is HRH The Princess in the calendar as well, or she is HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra on all platforms!

What about the media? Well, they mostly refer to her as Princess Ingrid Alexandra. But they also describe her as ''arveprinsessen'' (''the hereditary-princess'') and the ''princess.'' But they seldom use her style (something that is almost only done with the King, who is often referred to on television as HM The King or HM King Harald).

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BTW, I've seen that there was a discussion here in 2020 between the two posters ''Tatiana Maria'' and ''Somebody'' (in posts 64, 66, 67, 68 and 71) about whether Norwegian princes/princesses are just ''princes/princesses of nothing'' or ''princes/princesses of Norway'' (which is not clarified on the Royal House website or in the royal birth-statements from the court).
Hmmmmmmm, I do have a clear idea about it, but since it's going to be a pretty long post where I would have to write where I got the information from (etc), I have decided to do it after I'm done with the 18th birthday stuff and some other posts that I'm planning.
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Arnhild Aass Kristiansen of NTB news agency inquired about a possible title for Durek Verrett. The response from the director of palace communications, Guri Varpe:
"It is His Majesty the King who according to tradition determines if someone receives a title. The princess's former spouse, the late Ari Behn, had no title, nor do their children."
The meaning seems clear, but I wonder why she did not phrase it more directly.

The spokeswoman also pointed NTB to Article 34 of the Constitution, which states:
Article 34
The King shall make provisions concerning titles for those who are entitled to succeed to the Crown.
https://www.aftenposten.no/norge/i/l...r-forlovet-seg
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The history of the Norwegian Royal Family is revealed in a fantastic black & white photobook, absolutely beautful photographs (clear & sharp photos), 375 pages, all old photos (in english) title is "The Royal House of Norway" by Morten Ole Morch, very expensive book, but it is worth having it for royal fans book collection.
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:02 AM
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Why? If a girl marries a Prince, she is called a Princess. So, in our liberal times: If a boy marries a Princess, he is called a Prince, right?
Court spokeswoman Guri Varpe implied strongly that Durek Verrett will remain untitled. See the above Aftenposten link and the following from Se og Hør, which has a longer version of the statement: https://www.seher.no/kongelig/kan-du...ittel/76290087

Se og Hør has been in contact with the communications director at the Palace, Guri Varpe, who says that "it is His Majesty the King who according to tradition determines if someone receives a title."

Varpe further explains that article 34 of the Constitution reads as follows: "The King shall make provisions concerning titles for those who are entitled to succeed to the Crown.".

"The princess' former spouse, the late Ari Behn, had no title, nor do their children. Nor did the spouses of Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid, Erling Lorentzen and Johan Martin Ferner, have titles," says Varpe.

It remains open for spouses to be treated equally regardless of their or their spouse's gender if any future wife of Sverre Magnus also remains untitled.



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No. The late lamented Ari Behn was not called "Prince".

Neither is Jack Brooksbank in England

That simply is not the way it works.
Personally, I think it is very unlikely that the King regarded the workings of the British royal family as relevant to his own decisions about Norwegian titles. (Nor would I expect Queen Elizabeth II to have compared Jack Brooksbank to Ari Behn when making her decision about his title.)

Guri Varpe's above statement implies the King followed the previous examples in the Norwegian royal house, and Princess Märtha Louise stated as much when she became engaged to Ari Behn:

- Kongen avgjør min tittel. Men jeg kan gjerne hete fru Behn!

Paret er ikke skuffet over at forfatteren ikke vil kunne stille med prinsetittel etter bryllupet 24. mai:

- Det er naturlig slik fordi det aldri har vært noen tradisjon i det norske kongehuset, forklarte Prinsessen den fremmøtte pressen.


("The King will decide on my title. But I would be happy to be called Mrs. Behn!"

The couple are not disappointed that the writer will not be able to hold a princely title after the wedding on 24 May:

"This is the natural way because there has never been any tradition in the Norwegian royal house," explains the Princess to the press in attendance.)
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The fact that the future King's very own stepson has no title at all and that the future King's own son "only" is a H.H. plus the examples of King Harald's sisters show that any title is out of the question for spouses of junior royals.

Add to this that Norway has ended the Nobility as an institute and only a handful scions of (primarily Danish) noble families are still around.
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Not sure if this has been asked but should Prince Sverre Magnus marry, will his future wife be called Princess of Norway? How about their children?

I couldn't find a precedent to this since all spares Ragnhild, Astrid and Martha-Louise were all females.
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Not sure if this has been asked but should Prince Sverre Magnus marry, will his future wife be called Princess of Norway? How about their children?
Assuming that you are talking about a wife and children from a marriage concluded with the consent of the King (so that the prince and his children from the marriage will be in the line of succession to the Crown):

There is no prescriptive law. Article 34 of the Constitution simply says "The King shall make provisions concerning titles for those who are entitled to succeed to the Crown."

Nor do the Royal Family seem to have addressed this question in their interviews. (When I asked Royal Norway, an expert on the royal family, a couple of years ago, he did not recall any.)

Sverre Magnus himself is not called "of Norway" when he is in Norway, simply Prince Sverre Magnus.
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