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Youngest prince starts school

Prince Sverre Magnus, the youngest child of Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, was due to start school on Thursday, and be escorted to his first day of class by none other than Queen Sonja.

Prince Sverre Magnus PHOTO: Det kongelige hoff

She’ll likely prefer to simply be along for the event as his grandmother. Both she and her husband, King Harald, are known for playing an active role in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

The little prince, age five and third in line to the throne, will also be accompanied by his parents when he attends the traditional welcome ceremony for all new students at the Jansløkka School in Asker, very close to where the crown prince and his family live on their royal suburban estate called Skaugum.

The Royal Palace in Oslo released a detailed program for Prince Sverre Magnus’ first day at school. At precisely 11:58am, a royal car will stop at a parking lot outside the school. The royals will alight and be met by the school’s principal and Sverre Magnus’ teacher and assistant teacher.

The welcome program will begin at noon, with a speech by the principal and a performance of the school song before each new student’s name is called and they’re personally greeted with a handshake.

Then the new students and their escorts will visit their new classroom, but that’s off limits to the press. The royal family tries to strictly protect their privacy, and especially control media coverage of their children, with the young prince’s teacher even asking that others refrain from sharing any of their own photos with the media.

Prince Sverre Magnus, who turns six on December 3, will be attending the same school where his older sister, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, is a year ahead of him. His much older half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby, now 14, also went to Jansløkka School.

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