Thursday, February 14, 2013

Haakon gives consent to Ragnhild's marriage

February 14, 1953

King Haakon VII of Norway has given his consent to the marriage of his eldest granddaughter, Princess Ragnhild, to Captain Erling Sven Lorentzen, a Norwegian commoner.

Captain Lorentzen is a shipping executive, who received a degree in business administration from Harvard.

The royal family celebrated the engagement at Skaugum, the home of Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha. 

The couple are expected to marry in May, reports the New York Times.

Princess Ragnhild first met her fiancee in June 1945, when Capt. Lorentzen "was one of the escorts for the Royal Family on their return to Norway," after the country was liberated from Germany.

The Princess has lived in Bethesda, Maryland, for nearly five years during the second world war.

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