Future Queen of Norway, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 19, begins her military training and reveals she can already assemble and assault rifle

Following in the footsteps of Spain‘s future queen Princess Leonor, Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra has been spotted as she embarks on her military training.

The Norwegian royal daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit was snapped at the Engineer Battalion in Øverbygd, according to outlet NRK.

Princess Ingrid Alexander, 19, started her military training this month (January 2024).

It was reported that the princess learned about different parts of an assault riffle, as well as how to disassemble and reassemble it, as shown in a video published by NRK.

Speaking to the battalion commander, they asked the royal about whether she has any regrets about deciding to join the Engineer Battalion.

Snapped at a gala dinner celebrating her 18th birthday, held in June 2022. (Pictured front L-R: Princess Estelle of Sweden; Princess Ingrid Alexandra; Prince Charles of Luxembourg and back L-R: Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant)

Princess Ingrid Alexander replied: ‘I have no regrets.’ 

The Battalion Commander and Lieutenant Colonel Bjørn Kråkstad told the press they were pleased the royal had chosen to train with them.

They said: ‘We are very proud that the princess has chosen the Engineer Battalion. 

‘We look forward to putting the princess in a service position she can enjoy.’

Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Bjørn Kråkstad confirmed: ‘[We] have not taken any special measures because the princess came here.’   

Company Commander Hågen Vangsnes added: ‘[The Princess] has to wash the floor, quiet the room, make the bed and attend classes [like everyone else].’

He added: ‘We have the same expectations of her as all other soldiers.’

Ingrid is set to serve a year at the Engineer Battalion in Brigade Nord and will go to Skjold camp in Indre Troms.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra (pictured) visiting the Prime Minister's Office in Oslo on an official visit in connection with her 18th birthday in January 2022

Princess Ingrid Alexandra (pictured) visiting the Prime Minister’s Office in Oslo on an official visit in connection with her 18th birthday in January 2022

After the recruitment period, the Royal House confirms she will be ‘assigned a service position’.

She will undertake a professional period, complete with specific education, as well as departmental training and practice.

Ingrid Alexandra is second in line to the throne after her father, Crown Prince Haakon.

She is the daughter of Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and granddaughter of current ruler, King Harald V of Norway.

Ingrid Alexandra will become Norway’s second female monarch after her father secured her place in the line of succession by changing the law to allow first-born daughters to ascend the throne over their younger male siblings. 

The last Norwegian queen was 600 years ago: Queen Margaret reigned over Norway, Denmark and Sweden from the late 1380s until her death in 1412. 

Ingrid has a younger brother, Prince Sverre Magnus and an older half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby, who is Mette-Marit’s son from a previous relationship.

In an attempt by her parents to give her as ordinary a childhood as possible, Ingrid Alexandra attended the same local primary school as her half-brother.

Norway's Princess Ingrid Alexandra (front centre) poses for a family photo with (front L and R) Norway's King Harald V and Norway's Queen Sonja and (back LtoR) Marit Tjessem, Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, Norway's Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Hoiby on the occasion of a gala dinner for her 18th birthday in Oslo on June 17, 2022.

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra (front centre) poses for a family photo with (front L and R) Norway’s King Harald V and Norway’s Queen Sonja and (back LtoR) Marit Tjessem, Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon, Norway’s Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Hoiby on the occasion of a gala dinner for her 18th birthday in Oslo on June 17, 2022.

Ingrid Alexandra attended the same local primary school as her half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby. Here she is pictured for National Day celebrations at the royal residence in Skaugum

Ingrid Alexandra attended the same local primary school as her half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby. Here she is pictured for National Day celebrations at the royal residence in Skaugum

Newspaper reports said the princess would walk to school with Marius and school officials hoped to make it a place where she could make friends and enjoy some relief from public scrutiny.

She was later moved to a private international school in Oslo so she could become fluent in English and transferred to two more schools during her education.

The princess turned 18 at the start of 2022 and joined her grandfather, King Harald V, on the day for a cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace as she marked her coming of age.

In the next few years, she will increase her public profile and take on more responsibilities on behalf of the royal family but will continue to focus on her education, said the palace in a statement on her 18th birthday.

Aside from her royal duties, Ingrid Alexandra enjoys skiing, boxer and surfer, winning a gold medal in the Norwegian surfing championship for juniors in October 2020.

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