The couple, who married in 2001, pictured at Prince Charles' recent nuptials
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Haakon and Mette-Marit with the princess' son Marius and their daughter Ingrid Alexandra
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25 APRIL 2005

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It seems to be royal baby boom time in the northern European countries - two pregnancies among Scandinavia's crown princesses have been announced on the same day.

Just hours after it emerged that Denmark's Frederik and Mary are expecting their first child, the news broke that Norway's Haakon and Mette-Marit will welcome an addition to their family in December.

A statement issued by the palace said simply: "Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess are happy to announce that The Crown Princess is pregnant with their second child." The pregnancy means that Mette-Marit might be adjusting her schedule of public engagements over the next few months.

This will be the second child for the Norwegian crown prince and princess, whose daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, was born in January 2004. Their family also includes Mette-Marit's son Marius from a previous relationship, but Marius has no claim on the throne.

The new baby will be third in line after dad Haakon and sister Ingrid, who is Norway's first ever female heir to the throne.

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