Princess Astrid, 28-year-old daughter of King Olav of Norway, and First Lady of Norway since her mother's death in 1954, is to marry 33-year-old Johan Martin Ferner - son of the owner of a fashionable store - on January 12 next year.
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Background: Princess Astrid, 28-year-old daughter of King Olav of Norway, and First Lady of Norway since her mother's death in 1954, is to marry 33-year-old Johan Martin Ferner - son of the owner of a fashionable store - on January 12 next year. The couple were filmed reading congratulatory cables November 16 in the Princess's private apartment at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
The announcement has caused great controversy in Norwegian religious and political spheres, for Mr. Ferner's previous marriage ended in divorce in 1956. His former wife has married again to a Norwegian journalist, by whom she has two children.
Stony silence greeted the reading of King Olav's announcement of the engagement in the Norwegian Parliament November 16. No formal message of congratulation was adopt afterwards. The newspaper 'Morgenposten' said King Olav, as titular head of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, had condoned the marriage of divorced persons. "His view conflicts with the view of the majority of clergymen".
Romance between the two is though to have begun a few years ago when Mr. Ferner joined Princess Astrid's boat crew in the annual yacht racing competition in Oslo Fjord. After the marriage she will retain the rank of Princess and First Lady. Her title will be "Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner."