Before she became a royal, the blonde-haired beauty was a commoner and single mom of one

By Erin Hill
Updated August 25, 2015 02:40 PM
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Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who celebrates her 14th wedding anniversary with husband Prince Haakon today, is no ordinary royal!

Before she tied the knot on August 25, 2001, the blonde-haired beauty was a Norwegian commoner and single mom to a young son, Marius (born January 1997).

Despite criticism from those who questioned their courtship, Prince Haakon could only hear wedding bells for the woman he met and fell for at Quart Festival, Norway’s largest rock festival, in the late ’90s.

And their fairy tale ending turned out to be just the beginning. The gorgeous couple has two children together: Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 11, and Prince Sverre Magnus, 9.

Mette-Marit, 42, has also championed a variety of humanitarian and arts projects around the country.

And while she may look like Frozen‘s Elsa come to life, she’s got more in common with book-loving Belle. Since becoming a princess, she has taken several university classes, and in 2012, she earned a Master’s Degree in Executive Management.

She even transformed her royal carriage into a royal library to meet with locals to encourage a love of reading.

If Prince Haakon ascends the throne, Mette-Marit will become the third Norwegian queen to have been born as a commoner.

How’s that for a storybook romance?

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