The Norwegian government announced on Thursday that Haakon and Mette-Marit's new daughter is to be called Ingrid Alexandra. Meanwhile, the crown prince exhuberantly described his firstborn as "the finest, most beautiful little girl in the world"
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22 JANUARY 2004
The day after Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway welcomed their new daughter, the country's prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik revealed the little one's name.

The newborn heir to the throne is called Ingrid Alexandra – a moniker, revealed the statesman, which carries significant royal weight.

Ingrid, a popular Norwegian girls' name is also a prominent name in the Bernadotte family tree, including Queen Ingrid, the current Queen Margrethe's mother. "The name… is also used in the crown princess' family, and is therefore a fine combination of the two," explained Bondevik. He also remarked that Alexandra is derived from King Olav, the baby's great-grandfather, who was originally called Alexander.

And as the Norwegian public celebrates the birth of the future queen, first-time dad Crown Prince Haakon has spoken for the first time about his little princess, born on Wednesday. Calling baby Ingrid "the finest, most beautiful little girl in the world", he said her arrival was "a powerful and wonderful experience".