Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner

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Princess Astrid
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Born (1932-02-12) 12 February 1932 (age 88)
Villa Solbakken, Oslo, Norway
(m. 1961; died 2015)
IssueCathrine Ferner
Benedikte Ferner
Alexander Ferner
Elisabeth Ferner
Carl-Christian Ferner
Full name
Astrid Maud Ingeborg
FatherOlav V of Norway
MotherPrincess Märtha of Sweden

Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner (Astrid Maud Ingeborg; born 12 February 1932) is the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway and his wife, Princess Märtha of Sweden. She is the older sister of King Harald V of Norway and younger sister of the late Princess Ragnhild.


Princess Astrid was born on 12 February 1932 at Villa Solbakken to the future King Olav V and Crown Princess Märtha. She was christened in the Palace Chapel on 31 March 1932 and her godparents were: her paternal grandparents, King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway; her maternal grandparents, Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden; her maternal aunt, Princess Astrid, Duchess of Brabant; Elizabeth, Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother); Princess Thyra of Denmark; Prince Eugen of Sweden; and Prince George of the United Kingdom. Princess Astrid was named after the popular maternal aunt, paternal grandmother, maternal grandmother.[1]

Princess Astrid grew up on the royal estate of Skaugum in Asker and was privately educated. During World War II, she joined her family fleeing the Nazis and spent the war with her mother, brother and sister in exile in Washington, DC.[2] After the war, she studied economics and political history at Oxford.

Princess Astrid's mother died on 5 April 1954 after battling cancer at age 53 when Astrid was 22 years old.[3] After her mother's death, Queen Ingrid of Denmark became a great support for Astrid and her siblings.[4] From her mother's death until her brother's marriage in August 1968, Princess Astrid was the senior lady of the court and act as first lady of Norway, working side-by-side with her father on all representation duties, including state visits.[1] Princess Astrid raised her family in Vinderen; she now lives in Nordmarka, Oslo. Her hobbies include knitting, embroidery, reading and painting porcelain.

In 2002 the Government granted the Princess an honorary pension in recognition of all her efforts on behalf of Norway both during and following her years as first lady.[5] In 2005, she took part in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, including the unveiling of a plaque marking the Norwegian monarch's exile in London.[6]

In February 2012, Princess Astrid celebrated her 80th birthday with a private dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo.[7]

Marriage and children[edit]

Princess Astrid married divorced commoner Johan Martin Ferner (22 July 1927 – 24 January 2015), a sailor, Olympic medalist and businessman in Asker on 12 January 1961.[8] The wedding was conducted by Bishop Arne Fjellbu of Nidaros.[9]

The couple have five children:[10]

  • Cathrine (b. 22 July 1962), m. 1989 Arild Johansen, a fund manager, and has a son and daughter, and a granddaughter.
    • Sebastien Ferner Johansen (b. 9 Mar 1990)
      • Nicoline Johansen (b. 2019)[11] (with Belinda Lundstrøm)
    • Madeleine Ferner Johansen (b. 7 March 1993)[12]
  • Benedikte (b. 27 September 1963), married Rolf Woods and had no issue. Then married Mons Ainar Stange, and has had no issue.[13]
  • Alexander (b. 15 March 1965), married Margrét Gudmundsdóttir on 27 July 1996, and had a son and a daughter.
    • Edward Ferner (b. 28 Mar 1996)
    • Stella Ferner (b. 23 Apr 1998)
  • Elisabeth (b. 30 March 1969), married Tom Folke Beckmann, and had one son.
    • Benjamin Ferner Beckmann (b. 25 Apr 1999)
  • Carl-Christian (b. 22 October 1972), m. 4 October 2014 Anna-Stina Slattum Karlsen (b. 23 February 1984) in Oslo, Norway.[14]
    • Fay Ferner (b. 2018)


Princess Astrid is chair of the board of Crown Princess Märtha’s Memorial Fund which provides financial support to social and humanitarian initiatives carried out by non-governmental organisations.[15]

She is a patron of several organizations and participates in their activities with great interest. She has been particularly involved in work for children and young people with dyslexia, herself having had a hard time during her childhood and youth due to that condition.

  • Foundation 3,14 – Gallery 3,14 (Hordaland International Art Gallery)
  • The Norwegian Women’s Public Health Association
  • The Norwegian Women’s and Family Association
  • The Norwegian Women’s Defence League
  • Oslo Art Association
  • The Norwegian Women’s Voluntary Defence Association
  • Inner Wheel Norway
  • The Norwegian Dyslexia Association
  • Dissimilis Norway
  • Foreningen for Kroniske Smertepasienter ("The Norwegian Association of Chronic Pain Patients")
  • Trondheim Symphony Orchestra[16]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
Princess Astrid of Norway
Royal Monogram of Princess Astrid of Norway.svg
Reference styleHer Highness
Spoken styleYour Highness


  • 12 February 1932 – 12 January 1961: Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Norway
  • 12 January 1961 – present: Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Honorific eponym[edit]


Astrid is a great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and thus a second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II. She is in the line of succession to the British throne.[36] Princess Astrid's maternal aunt was Queen Astrid of Belgium, which also makes Princess Astrid a first cousin of kings Baudouin and Albert II of Belgium.[37]


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  10. ^ "Family Ferner". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Births Announcements 2019 - Page 3 - The Royal Forums". Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  12. ^ Cathrine Johansen from Peerages Ret. 26 Sept 2018.
  13. ^ Benedikte Ret. 26 Sept 2018.
  14. ^ Hoelseth, Dag T. (9 October 2014). "Dag Trygsland Hoelseth: Ferner wedding". Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
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  16. ^ "Organisations under the patronage of Princess Astrid". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
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  36. ^ "Princess Ragnhild of Norway". 23 September 2012 – via
  37. ^ "Person Page".

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Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner
Born: 12 February 1932
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Elizebeth Long
Line of succession to the British throne
granddaughter of Queen Maud, daughter of Edward VII
Succeeded by
Alexander Ferner
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Switzerland Alfred Schläppi &
Heinrich Schläppi
President of Organizing Committee for Winter Olympic Games
With: Haakon VII of Norway, Olaf Helset, House of Glücksburg
Succeeded by
Italy Enrico Colli