16 September 2012
Death of Princess Ragnhild
Like Princess Margaret in Britain, the young Ragnhild fell in love with a member of the staff, her bodyguard, Mr. Lorentzen. Unlike Margaret, she was permitted to marry him. Although she did not have to give up her right to the throne--because women at the time had no right to succeed), she was downgraded from Royal Highness to Highness and the national flag was no longer flown on her birthday.
The Lorentzens had three children: Haakon, Ingeborg and Ragnhild.
In recent years, Ragnhild gained notoriety for publicly criticizing King Haakon's children for their controversial choices of mates--including Mette-Marit Tjessem-Hoiby, who was an unwed mother when Crown Prince Haakon proposed to her.