The heir to the Dutch throne, Prince Willem-Alexander, will attend with his financée, Maxima Zorreguieta, another controversial bride — her father was a member of Argentina's former junta. The heir to the Spanish throne, Prince Felipe, planned to bring his girlfriend, Norwegian model Eva Sannum, according to the Aftenposten newspaper. Britain's Prince Charles was also to attend — without his longtime companion, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will be Haakon's best man. The maid of honor is Linda Tånevik. Five other young relations of the bride and groom, ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, will be bridesmaids. And Tjessem Høiby's son Marius, 4, will be a page.
Prince Haakon has said he will help raise Marius, but will not adopt him. The little boy will not be given a title.
After the wedding, the crown prince and princess plan two tours around the country, one this fall and the other next spring, to give Norwegians a chance to know them better.
‘What Have Other People Got to Say?’
So what would Queen Victoria say? Despite her prudish reputation, the queen, who reigned from 1837-1901, could be surprisingly unstuffy.
Having been very content in her own marriage, the queen wanted her children and grandchildren to make happy, rather than grand, matches.
When the queen's youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, became engaged to a Battenberg prince, haughtier royals were quick to point out flaws in the pedigree of the groom, who had some commoner blood in his background.
Victoria rounded on them, accusing them of both impertinence and snobbery, according to several biographies. Anyone who ventured to look too closely into the past of any royal line, she said, was bound to unearth some "black spots."
And in any event, she said, quoting one of her ministers, "If the Queen of England thinks a person good enough for her daughter, what have other people got to say?"