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Today is the 8th birthday of HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, and to celebrate (as they have done for the last few years), the Norwegian Royal Court has released a small set of pictures. It’s very kind of them, as not every royal family does this, and it’s kind of fun to see how the royal kids are growing. (It’s also the first time I get to use pictures labeled for use by “the press.” Now I feel special.)

HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Photo by Julia Naglestad; courtesy The Royal Court

Because it’s the birthday of a member of the Norwegian Royal House (which is more exclusive than simply the Norwegian Royal Family), today is a flag-flying holiday in Norway. (Other Royal House members are the King and Queen and Ingrid’s parents Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.)

Wishing Her Royal Highness a very happy birthday (even if it is over by now. Silly time difference).