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Princess to attend local school

Princess Ingrid Alexandra, age six, will start school later this year at the local public school in Asker, where she lives with her parents and two brothers. It’s the first time an heir to Norway’s throne has gone to the neighborhood school.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra on her sixth birthday earlier this year. PHOTO: Det Kongelige Hoff

Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that the little princess will start school on August 19 at Jansløkka School, close to the royal estate at Skaugum in Asker, west of Oslo. She’s the first-born child of Crown Prince Haakon, and therefore next in the royal succession after him.

Haakon and his sister, Princess Martha Louise, grew up at Skaugum also, but were sent to school in Oslo. Every day, they were driven from the royal compound into town and to the Smestad Elementary School.

Their father, King Harald, also attended the Smestad school, while his father, the late King Olav, was tutored inside the Royal Palace, as was customary for royals after the turn of the last century.

Now Princess Ingrid Alexandra can walk (if allowed) to the local school, where her older half-brother Marius (son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit) also has gone to school. He’s now 13 and getting ready to move on to the equivalent of junior high school, called ungdomsskole in Norway.

The crown couple has made it clear they want the “most normal” childhoods possible for their children. “We think it’s very nice that that the crown couple chooses to let their children attend the local school,” Else Johansen, principal of Jansløkka School, told Aftenposten. “Our wish is to create the least amount of uproar around this.”

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