- Princess Märtha of Sweden
Princess Märtha of Sweden (28 March 1901 – 5 April 1954), full name Märtha Sofia Lovisa Dagmar Thyra was the granddaughter of King Oscar II of Sweden and the consort of Crown Prince Olav of Norway (later King Olav V). She was the first Crown Princess of Norway in modern times who was not also Crown Princess of Sweden or Denmark. She was also a Princess of Norway from her birth in 1901 to the dissolution of the personal union between Sweden and Norway in 1905.
Marriage and Royal Life
Princess Märtha was born in Stockholm the daughter of Prince Carl of Sweden and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Princess of Sweden. Following a year-long engagement, she was married to her cousin, The Crown Prince of Norway in Oslo Cathedral on 21 March 1929, and in doing so she became Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Norway and assumed precedence alongside her husband and behind his parents King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway. Märtha's was the first royal wedding in Norway in 340 years.
The marriage, which is widely believed to have been a success due in large part to their genuine love and affection for one another, produced three children: Ragnhild (1930); Astrid (1932); and the much awaited heir, Harald (1937).
The Crown Princess was quickly taken into the hearts of the Norwegian people due to her easy-going, yet serene manner. Rather than indulge in the excesses of her lofty position, The Crown Princess was immensely humble, light-hearted and generous. One such example of this is shown in her desire to put into practice her skills as seamstress, sewing clothes for herself and her children. In 1939, shortly before the outbreak of World War II in Europe, the Crown Prince and Princess made a highly popular visit to the United States. The couple befriended President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. During this visit, the couple conducted an extensive tour of the Upper Midwest, where many Norwegian immigrants had settled.
During the tour, Crown Princess Märtha was honored with initiation into the Delta Zeta sorority. She and her lady-in-waiting were pinned during the initiation ceremony at the University of North Dakota, by Delta Zeta national president, Myrtle Graeter Malott.
World War II
Crown Princess Märtha, who contributed greatly in the mobilization work for Norway's self-protection, made a public announcement on 26 January 1940 in which she encouraged Norwegian women to take part in the mobilization work. When Germany invaded Norway in April 1940, The Crown Princess and her children fled first to her native Sweden, however, she was not well-received. Many Swedes felt she had put Sweden's neutrality at jeopardy. Some even suggested she should accept the suggestion by the Germans, and return her three-year-old son, Prince Harald, to Norway so he could be proclaimed King by the Germans. This was never seen as an option for Princess Märtha. Following an invitation by President Roosevelt, she went to the United States on the USS American Legion, via the then Finnish port city of Petsamo. In the U.S., she and her children initially took up residence in the White House.
Crown Prince Olav, however, had gone with his father, The King, to the United Kingdom, where he worked with the Norwegian government-in-exile. Thus, The Crown Couple, as were many couples during the time, were separated for much of the war.
The friendship that The Crown Couple had cultivated with the Roosevelts was further developed during the war years. In 1942, the U.S. presented the Norwegian forces with the gift of a U-boat, which was received by Crown Princess Märtha, who in her reply gave a speech in support of the Norwegian liberation  Her impressive work to assist the American Red Cross and on behalf of Norwegian interests greatly impressed Roosevelt and influenced his "Look to Norway" speech in 1942.
Princess Märtha spent much of World War II in the United States, where she worked tirelessly to keep up support for Norway among the American public and government. In 1942, she visited London to take part in the birthday celebration for her father-in-law. When she returned to Norway following the war in 1945, she received a hero's welcome and was referred to as "Mother of the Nation". She wholly embraced her role as The Crown Princess of Norway and made tremendous efforts towards ensuring the stability and well-being of all Norwegians.
A statue of the princess was erected outside the Norwegian embassy in Washington, D.C. in 2005. In 2007, a replica of the statue was erected in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Crown Princess Märtha’s Memorial Fund is a charitable trust administered by the Norwegian Crown. The Crown Princess's youngest daughter, Princess Astrid, serves as chairperson. Initially established as Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Märtha’s Fund on 1 April 1929, the fund "is to provide financial support to social and humanitarian initiatives carried out by non-governmental organizations." In 2005, the Fund had assets of approximately 28 million Norwegian krone (NOK), and issued grants totaling about 1.5 million NOK for roughly 300 recipients.
Titles from birth to death
Crown Princess Märtha of Norway
Reference style Her Royal Highness Spoken style Your Royal Highness Alternative style Ma'am
Below is a list of the styles carried by Crown Princess Märtha from birth to death, in chronological order:
- Her Royal Highness Princess Märtha of Sweden and Norway (1901–1905)
- Her Royal Highness Princess Märtha of Sweden (1905–1929)
- Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Norway (1929–1954)
Ancestors of Princess Märtha of Sweden 16. Charles XIV John of Sweden 8. Oscar I of Sweden 17. Désirée Clary 4. Oscar II of Sweden 18. Eugène de Beauharnais 9. Josephine of Leuchtenberg 19. Princess Augusta of Bavaria 2. Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland 20. Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg 10. William, Duke of Nassau 21. Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg 5. Sofia of Nassau 22. Prince Paul of Württemberg 11. Princess Pauline of Württemberg 23. Princess Katharina Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen 1. Princess Märtha of Sweden 24. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg 12. Christian IX of Denmark 25. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel 6. Frederick VIII of Denmark 26. Prince William of Hesse 13. Louise of Hesse-Kassel 27. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark 3. Princess Ingeborg of Denmark 28. Oscar I of Sweden (= 8) 14. Charles XV of Sweden 29. Josephine of Leuchtenberg (= 9) 7. Lovisa of Sweden 30. Prince Frederik of the Netherlands 15. Princess Louise of the Netherlands 31. Princess Louise of Prussia
- ^ Brewer, Nancy, and Rochelle Mackey. A Century of Sisterhood: The Story of Delta Zeta Sorority 1902-2002. Phoenix: Heritage, Inc., AZ.
- ^ Krigens Dagbok (The diary of the war) (in Norwegian) 1984
- ^ Krigens Dagbok (The diary of the war) (in Norwegian) 1984
- ^ Vidal, Gore (1995). Palimpsest: a memoir. New York: Random House. pp. 64. ISBN 0-679-44038-0.
- ^ Royal House web page on Crown Princess Märtha’s Memorial Fund Retrieved 6 November 2007
Swedish princesses by birth 1st generation 2nd generation 3rd generationPrincess Anna Maria^ · Princess Catharina^ · Princess Catharina^ · Princess Anna Constance^ · Princess Anna Catharina Constance, Hereditary Countess Palatine of Neuburg^ · Princess Christina · Christina · Maria Eufrosyne, Countess Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie 4th generationPrincess Maria Anna Isabella^ · Princess Maria Anna Theresa^ 5th generation 6th generationnone 7th generationSophia Albertina, Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg 8th generationPrincess Louisa Hedwig 9th generationSophie Wilhelmine, Grand Duchess of Baden · Princess Amelia · Cecilia, Grand Duchess of Oldenburg 10th generation 11th generation 12th generation 13th generation 14th generation 15th generation*also a princess of Sweden by marriage
^also a princess of Poland and Lithuania by birth
**also a princess of Norway
Norwegian princesses by marriageThe generations are numbered from the ascension of Haakon VII as King of Norway in 1905. 1st GenerationPrincess Märtha of Sweden 2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th Generationnone
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