Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway celebrated her upcoming 40th birthday with an open air church service Sunday in Queen's Park, one of the late British born Queen Maud's favourite green spots in Oslo. Mette-Marit turns 40 on Monday.
King Harald led his family to the intimate service to which some 350 guests belonging to charities and organisations associated with the Crown Princess were invited. Mette-Marit started the tradition of having a church service to mark her birthday back in 2002 Queen Sonja said at the conclusion of this year's service.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit waxed emotional when her daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra read the Prayer of Saint Francis, and tears came quickly too when the King and Queen took the stand to praise and thank their daughter in law.
There are probably not many church services, even in the open air, where there are dogs present, but both Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit's son Marius brought a dog along to the service. They followed in a royal tradition the bishop said with a smile in his opening remarks; Queen Maud loved to walk her dogs in this park.
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