Princess Mette-Marit misses out on festive portrait due to covid

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway misses out on festive family portrait due to covid – as fans wish her a ‘speedy recovery’

  • The Norwegian royals shared the photo on their Instagram account today 
  • READ MORE: Norwegian royals don traditional dress as they unveil new family portrait ahead of Prince Sverre Magnus’s 18th birthday

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway missed out on this year’s royal Christmas photo after getting covid, the family’s Instagram account has revealed.

The wife of Crown Prince Haakon, 50, was notably absent from a festive portrait shared by Det Norske Kongehuset earlier today.

The picture, taken at Kongssetra at Voksenkollen in Oslo, showed King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway with their son and grandchildren.

‘Merry Christmas to everyone from the Royal Family,’ the caption read.

‘Unfortunately, the Crown Princess couldn’t attend due to covid.’

The wife of Crown Prince Haakon, 50, was notably absent from a festive portrait shared by Det Norske Kongehuset earlier today

Mette-Marit was diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis in 2018. The disease, which has no known cure, causes breathing problems as scar tissue forms on the lungs, and has forced her to slow down her hectic schedule of royal duties.

In the photo, the monarch and his wife, both 86, are seated on cosy chairs by an ornate fireplace, which is adorned with Christmas decorations.

Meanwhile, Haakon, 50, and his kids are stood behind them.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 19, opted for a sophisticated and elegant cream blazer and black top, which she teamed witch charcoal grey trousers.

The young royal kept her chestnut tresses in a relaxed style as she stood next to her brother.

Prince Sverre Magnus, 18, looked smart in a black suit, worn with a mauve tie.

The Queen oozed elegance in an ivory dress, decorated with statement red jewellery – perfect for the holiday season.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (pictured in October) missed out on this year’s royal Christmas photo after getting covid, the family’s Instagram account has revealed

The comments were full of fans sending Mette-Marit their best wishes and speedy recovery this holiday season 

She also accessorised with coral slingback heels. Elsewhere, her husband and son both opted for chic black suits and scarlet ties.

The comments were full of fans sending Mette-Marit their best wishes.

‘A lovely photo. Missing the Crown Princess and wishing her a speedy recovery,’ one wrote.

‘Our great, dear Royal Family, Am so proud of them, and sending Crown Princess Mette Marit warm thoughts and a speedy recovery,’ a second penned. ‘Wishing them a happy and blessed Christmas holiday.’

‘A really Merry Christmas to everyone,’ another expressed. ‘And a speedy recovery to Mette Marit.’ 

In 2019, Metter-Marit spoke candidly about how the disease has changed her life.

She told German TV that the life-limiting condition causes her to become ‘exhausted faster than before’.

The Norwegian royal was diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis, just months after revealing that she was suffering from debilitating vertigo. 

According to Royal Central, Crown Princess Mette-Marit is using medication to aid her in keeping track of the disease.

She reportedly knew about her rare lung disease ‘for quite some time’, before going public. 

‘I can decide more about my everyday life and I realise how good it is to me. I can just go for a walk and have more time to read, life has slowed down,’ she told an interviewer.

Earlier this month, the Norwegian royal family released a new portrait ahead of Prince Sverre Magnus’s 18th birthday – which was on December 3.

The Norwegian royals rang in celebrations slightly early by posing together for the stunning new portrait in Oslo.

Celebrating with the prince was his father and heir apparent to the Norwegian throne, Haakon and his wife both stood alongside the prince’s only sibling, Ingrid Alexandra.

Mette-Marit pictured with her husband Prince Haakon, right, and son Prince Sverre Magnus, centre, in May 

Also featured in the glittering snaps was his grandfather and king of Norway, Harald, along with his wife and the prince’s grandmother Sonja.

Meanwhile Mette-Marit’s mother Marit Tjessem – who recently mourned the loss of her long-time partner Magnar Alfred Fjeldvær – also appeared in the commemorative snaps.

The glowing prince – who is third in line to the Norwegian throne – appeared in the cheeriest of spirits while sporting traditional dress, which he teamed with a pair of black loafers adorned with a sparkling buckle.

Much of the family donned custom fits, with the exception of King Harald who wore a dapper navy blue suit, complete with a multi-blue striped tie and black leather loafers.

The monarch was positioned in the centre of his family, while both his wife and daughter were sat on either side of him. 

The camera captured the family in their most happiest of elements, with the prince even posing for a few of the photos while crouched on bended knee.


Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a condition in which the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes increasingly difficult.

It’s not clear what causes it, but it usually affects people around 70-75 years of age and is rare in people under 50.

Several treatments can help reduce the rate at which IPF gets worse, but there’s currently no treatment that can stop or reverse the scarring of the lungs.

The symptoms of IPF tend to develop gradually and get slowly worse over time.

Symptoms can include:

  • shortness of breath
  • a persistent dry cough
  • tiredness
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • rounded and swollen fingertips (clubbed fingers)

There is no cure and it’s very difficult to predict how long someone with IPF will survive at the time of diagnosis.

Regular monitoring over time can indicate whether it’s getting worse quickly or slowly.

 Source: NHS

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