Everyone knows the classic tale of The Frog Princess, but have you heard the one about the princess and the rat?

By Caris Davis
Updated September 04, 2015 02:30 PM
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Everyone knows the classic tale of The Frog Princess, but have you heard the one about the princess and the rat?

On the final leg of a three-stop tour of Norway’s technological centers, Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon found an unexpected guest among the welcoming committee at Trondheim’ s Kavli Institute.

Workers at the neuroscience research center produced a laboratory rat for inspection by the royal couple.

While her husband “fearlessly stroked the little animal with his index finger, Mette-Marit smiled, but kept her distance,” according to the German magazine, Bunte.

Before rat and royals had a chance to get better acquainted, the couple were whisked away to check out other furry rodents staying at the so-called “rat hotel.”

And if the rodents creeped her out, no one would have ever known.

The Crown Princess was “all smiles” throughout her Trondheim trip, onlookers told the Norweigan journal, Se go H r.

That’s good news for the book-loving royal, who was recently involved in a minor traffic accident on her 14th wedding anniversary.

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The crash was not life threatening, a palace spokesman said, although the princess took the rest of the day off because of long-standing problems with her neck.

Clearly, she’s happy to be back standing on her own two feet – and glad she didn’t have to handle four furry ones!

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