Monday, March 30, 2009

Crown Princess Mette-Marit at exercise with the Civil Defense

Following in the footsteps of her in-laws, HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway arrived at Vikafjellet to attend the Norwegian Civil Defense’s winter exercise.

She is the latest European Crown Princess to go through training for a military position. Last year, Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary qualified as a lieutenant for the Danish Home Guard. In 2003, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden completed a boot camp course which would help her be a head of the Swedish military when she becomes Queen.

Mette-Marit, dressed in the traditional Civil defence uniform, went through such exercises as movement in difficult terrain and under extreme weather conditions. She also received a briefing about safety and possible evacuation of people.

Other members of the Norwegian royal family have officer position in the military. King Harald is the supreme leader of the military, and a four star general. His wife, Queen Sonja, is a brigadier. Mette-Marit’s husband, Crown Prince Haakon, trained in the navy, and is also an officer.

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