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15 King Haakon VII of Norway 1872 1957 Princess Maud of Great Britain 1869 1938 See 1.25 & 2.12 - Haakon was previously Prince Carl of Denmark and was elected King of Norway 18 November 1905 following a plebiscite on 12/13 November 1905 (259,563 (78.9 %) voted for a Monarchy with 69,264 (21.1 %) voting against).
Norway was joined with Denmark until 1814 when Denmark was forced to cede Norway to Sweden (on page 2) in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Although Norway was to become a separate Kingdom it was to be united under the same crown (King of Sweden and Norway). However on 17 May 1814 Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark was elected King of Norway but following the Swedish-Norwegian war over Norway's claim to sovereignty he was forced to relinquish his claims to the Throne on 14 August 1814 and he returned to Denmark where on 13 December 1839 he ascended the Danish throne as Christian VIII.
The Norwegian Parliament (Storthing) strove for complete independence which on 7 June 1905 led to the dissolution of the Union with Sweden.
King Oscar II had refused to accept the resignation of the Norwegian Government over a resolution of appointing Norwegian Consuls as he did not see himself able to establish a new Government. On this basis the Storthing considered King Oscar II to have ceased to function as King of Norway. A plebiscite on 13 August 1905 returned 368,200 "Yes" votes and 184 "No" votes on the question of dissolving Norway's Royal Union with Sweden.
King Oscar II of Sweden finally renounced the Norwegian throne on 26 October 1905.
The new Throne was formally tendered to Prince Carl on 20 November 1905.
The New York Times report of the wedding of Prince Carl and Princess Maud at Buckingham Palace.
Report on the death of King Haakan.
Queen Maud died in London on 20 November 1938 having undergone an abdominal operation a few days earlier on 16 November.
Death Registration of Queen Maud
15.1 - QVD King Olav V of Norway 1903 1991 Princess Martha of Sweden 1901 1954 See 3.1332 - Olav was born at Appleton House Sandringham, England and given the title and name of Prince Alexander Edward of Denmark, he assumed the name Olav in 1905 when his father became King of Norway.
A report on the marriage of Olav and Martha.
Princess Martha suffered deteriorating health. She was admitted to hospital in 1951 with suspected jaundice. There were further admittance's to hospital until she died on 5 April 1954 from liver cirrhosis.
Birth Registration of Prince Alexander Edward (later King Olav of Norway).
Crown Prince (later King) Olav was part of a four member team who won a gold medal in the 6m sailing event at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
Obituary of King Olav.
Report on the death of Princess Martha
15.11 - QVD Princess Ragnhild of Norway 1930 2012   Erling Sven Lorentzen 1923 2021 A report on the wedding of Princess Ragnhild and Erling Sven Lorentzen.
The official notification on the sad death of Princess Ragnhild.
Obituary on Princess Ragnhild
15.111 - QVD   Haakon Lorentzen 1954     Martha Carvalho de Freitas 1958    
15.1111 - QVD   Olav Alexander Lorentzen 1985     Ingrid Kraus de Andrade Nogueira 1988    
15.1112 - QVD   Christian Frederik Lorentzen 1988     Mariah de Oliveira Pedrosa 1991    
15.1113 - QVD   Sophia Anne Lorentzen 1994            
15.112 - QVD   Ingeborg Lorentzen 1957     Paolo Cesar Ribeiro 1956    
15.1121 - QVD   Victoria Ragna Lorentzen Ribeiro 1988     Felipe Falcão 1988    
15.11211 - QVD   Frederik Sven Lorentzen 2016           The surname of Lorentzen for Frederik Sven is from the GRO Reference: DOR Q4/2016 in KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA (239-1A) Entry Number 514488048
15.113 - QVD   Ragnhild "Raggi" Lorentzen 1968     Aaron Long 1966   Ragnhild was at one time a co-owner of the ThirstyBear Restaurant in San Francisco. . It looks as if the restaurant permanently closed (as at 06 March 2022)
15.1131 - QVD   Alexandra Lorentzen Long 2007            
15.1132 - QVD   Elizabeth Lorentzen Long 2011            
15.12 - QVD Princess Astrid of Norway 1932     Johan Martin Ferner 1927 2015 As if to emulate his future father in-law King Olav who was part of a four member team who won a gold medal in the 6m sailing event at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, Johan Martin Ferner was part of a five member team (Johan's brother Finn Christian) was also a member of the team) who won a silver medal in the 6m sailing event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
Johan Martin Ferner was the son of Ferner Jacobsen and was born with the surname Jacobsen. By a Ministry of Justice license of 21 November 1927 Ferner Jacobsen's children Johan and and his two brothers Inger and Finn Christian were granted permission to assume the name Ferner. Hence Johan Martin Jacobsen became Johan Martin Ferner.
It may be of interest to note that following the death of her mother Princess Martha and the marriage of her sister Ragnhild, Astrid took on the mantle as the first lady of Norway. It was reported in 1955 that Astrid had said to her grandfather King Haakon VII she would marry a Prince, this was seen as a token gesture to enable her sister Princess Ragnhild to be granted approval to marry commoner Erling Sven Lorentzen.
The fact that Johan Martin Ferner had previously been married in 1953 followed by a divorce in 1956 was a cause of controversy in Norway.
A brief report on the wedding of Princess Astrid and Johan Martin Ferner. Princess Margaret and her husband Antony Armstrong- Jones attended the wedding.
15.121 - QVD   Cathrine Ferner 1962     Arild Johansen 1961    
15.1211 - QVD   Sebastian Ferner Johansen 1990            
15.12111 - QVD   Nicoline Ferner Johanse 2019           Nicoline 's parents are Sebastian Ferner Johansen and his partner Belinda Lundstrøm
15.12112 - QVD   Ferdinand Ferner Johansen 2021           Ferdinand 's parents are Sebastian Ferner Johansen and his partner Belinda Lundstrøm
15.1212 - QVD   Madeleine Ferner Johansen 1993            
15.122 - QVD   Benedikte Ferner 1963     Rolf Woods 1963    
15.122 - QVD   Benedikte Ferner 1963     Mons Einar Stange 1962    
15.123 - QVD   Alexander Ferner 1965     Margret Gudmundsdottir 1966    
15.1231 - QVD   Edward Ferner 1996            
15.1232 - QVD   Stella Ferner 1998            
15.124 - QVD   Elisabeth Ferner 1969     Tom Folke Beckmann 1963    
15.1241 - QVD   Benjamin Beckmann 1999            
15.125 - QVD   Carl-Christian Ferner 1972     Anna-Stina S. Karlsen 1984    
15.1251 - QVD   Fay Ferner 2018            
15.1252 - QVD   Fam Ferner 2021            
15.13 - QVD King Harald V of Norway 1937     Sonja Haraldsen 1937   A report on the marriage of Prince Harald and Sonja Haraldsen.
Although Prince Harald had known Sonja since 1959 it wasn't until 1968 that his father King Olav V gave permission for their marriage.
In 1990 the Norwegian constitution was altered enabling the eldest child, regardless of gender to take precedence in the line of succession to the Norwegian throne.
Somewhat complicated but this change did not apply retroactively which means 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.
The first member of the royal family it applies to is Princess Ingrid Alexandra. This means that she takes precedence over her younger brother Prince Sverre Magnus, but her father Haakon continues to take precedence over his older sister, Princess Märtha Louise.
Norwegian Constitution
15.131 - QVD Princess Märtha Louise of Norway 1971     Ari Mikael Behn 1972   Although Märtha Louise retains her rights to the Norwegian throne she voluntarily relinquished the style of Her Royal Highness (HRH) in 2002 (being substituted by Her Highness (HH)) whilst at the same time keeping the title of Princess. In 1990 the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting cognatic primogeniture to the Norwegian throne, meaning that the eldest child, regardless of gender, takes precedence in the line of succession. This was not, however, done retroactively, meaning that Märtha Louise's younger brother Crown Prince Haakon still takes precedence over her in the line of succession.
It is interesting to note that when Märtha Louise was only 2 days old there were reports indicating a fresh debate among Norwegians had begun about the succession of a princess to the throne.
Ari Behn was born Ari Bjørshol but he later took his maternal grandmother's unmarried name.
15.1311 - QVD   Maud Angelica Behn 2003            
15.1312 - QVD   Leah Isadora Behn 2005            
15.1313 - QVD   Emma Tallulah Behn 2008            
15.132 - QVD Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway 1973     Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby 1973   Mette-Marit has a son Marius Høiby Borg (born 1997) by Morten Borg
15.1321 - QVD Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway 2004            
15.1322 - QVD Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway 2005            

Note - QVD against a reference number indicates the first named individual is a descendant of Queen Victoria.

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