Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway injured in ski accident

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was reportedly injured in a ski accident before Christmas, which left her with a fractured coccyx, or tailbone.

According to Norwegian magazine Se og Hør, the 47-year-old hurt herself during a ski trip with daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra, after jumping out of a ski-lift on December 21.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway injured herself shortly before Christmas. Photo: Getty

The palace has not released an official statement, though according to reports by local media, the accident happened after her skis became entangled with her daughter's skis.

The mum-of-two then lost her balance and fell.

The Princess and her husband, Crown Prince Haakon, reportedly spent a few days together on the private trip to their royal cabin in Uvdal, joined by their daughter and son Prince Sverre Magnus.

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The royal family are avid skiers. Photo: Instagram/crownprincessmm

She spent the night in hospital, before the family returned home to Skaugum Estate on Christmas Day.

The Crown Princess was then notably absent when King Harald, Queen Sonja and the Crown visited the site of the recent landslide disaster.

Initial reports suggested she missed the outing due to her ongoing battle with with pulmonary fibrosis, a disease which affects the lungs over time, with which she was diagnosed in 2018.

However, now it’s believed the fracture was the reason she did not attend.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (1st L), Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2nd L), Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2nd R) and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
The royal family of Norway pose for a photo on December 15, 2020. Photo: Getty

The royals are avid skiers and regularly share photos from time spent on the slopes.

In Norway there is a distinction between the Royal House (kongehuset) and the royal family (kongelige familie).

The Royal House includes only the monarch and their spouse, the heir apparent and their spouse, and the heir apparent's eldest child.

The royal family includes all of the sovereign's children and their spouses, grandchildren, and siblings.

There have always been close links between the Norwegian and British royal houses. King Harald and Queen Elizabeth are actually second cousins. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom are the great-grandparents of both the Norwegian and British monarchs.

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