This Hot Guy of the Month post is a bit late, since it’s already August 7th, but better late than never! This month we’re looking at the long-suggested Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. The only royal dude who can really rock that beard.
Crown Prince Haakon is the son of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja. Haakon was born on July 20, 1973 (Happy late Birthday, sir!). Haakon has an older sister, Princess Martha Louise. At the time of Haakon’s birth, male primogeniture was the law, granting Haakon precedence in the line of succession over his older sister. But the law was changed in 1990 to absolute primogeniture, granting the eldest child, regardless of gender, to take precedence in the line of succession. Meaning Haakon’s daughter is ahead of her younger brother in the line of succession.
Haakon served in the Royal Norwegian Navy where he holds the rank of Admiral. Haakon holds the The Order of St Olav (Grand Cross with Collar), and the The Norwegian Order of Merit (Grand Cross), as well as several medals.
[Haakon gives a speech at the 25th anniversary of CICERO (the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research) on April 27, 2015]
In terms of his royal duties, Haakon is concerned with Norwegian industrial development and innovation, environmental issues, cultural freedom, and cultural expression through film and music, as well as international issues. This is shown through his patronages and education.
Haakon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa. Haakon is Patron of fifteen organizations including: The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’ Humanitarian Fund, The Norwegian Film Festival, 4H Norway, and several music-related organizations.
[Haakon playing a guitar during a visit to Nordland in September 2014]
Haakon’s love of music is expressed through his several music-related Patronages. He also loves sports and has attended several Olympic Games.
[Pictured here taking a selfie during a Cyclo ride while on an official visit to Vietnam in March 2014]
Haakon married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on August 25, 2001, making her Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Due to her past (which included drugs and an out-of-wedlock child), many in Norway did not approve of Matte-Marit, but Haakon loved her and Harald supported his son’s choice of wife, and the wedding happened as scheduled.
Fun facts: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark served as Haakon’s best man at the wedding. Prince Charles was a vocal supporter of Haakon and Mette-Marit and attended their wedding; in return, Haakon and Mette-Marit were the only foreign royals to attend Charles’ 2005 wedding to Camilla.
[The Crown Prince family celebrating National Day on May 17, 2015]
Haakon and Mette-Marit have two children together: Princess Ingrid Alexandra (born January 21, 2004) and Prince Sverre Magnus (born December 3, 2005). Mette-Marit has one child from a previous relationship: Marius Borg Høiby.
BTW, about this picture. I know many of you have commented about the Swedish Royal men not wearing the traditional clothing when the ladies do, so I wanted to include the above photo because the Norwegian men do wear traditional clothing.
[Haakon and Mette-Marit during a visit to the Zaatari Refugee Camp while on a trip to Jordan in October 2014]
Photos: Getty / Sølve Sundsbø/The Royal Court