Her Royal Highness Ingrid Alexandra

At an extraordinary meeting of Norway's cabinet ministers on Thursday, the name of the newborn heir to the throne was revealed. The daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will be called Ingrid Alexandra, a name with regal resonance, Aftenposten writes.

18/02/2004 :: Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik made the official public announcement outside the palace in wintry morning weather.

"Ingrid is a well-known Norwegian girl's name, at the same time it is a Norse name and a royal name in the Bernadotte family, from among others, Queen Ingrid, mother of Denmark's Queen Margrethe, originally a Swedish princess," Bondevik said.

"The name Ingrid is also used in the crown princess' family, and is therefore a fine combination of the two families," Bondevik said.

Bondevik also explained that Alexandra was a well-known royal name in Europe, and that King Olav, the newborn princess' great-grandfather, was originally named Alexander.

Although Ingrid is a very popular name in Norway - 24,909 share it with the young princess according to Statistics Norway (SSB) - Ingrid Alexandra is extremely rare here, with the SSB database returning "0-3" hits on the combination.

A new opinion poll taken a few after the birth of Norway's first female heir to the throne on Wednesday morning showed a boost in support for the monarchy.

Nearly half of those surveyed felt the coming royal generation would strengthen the monarchy's position in Norway.

There was 75 percent support for Norway remaining a monarchy, and only 17 percent wanted the country to become a republic on the day of the princess' birth.

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HRH Princess Ingrid AlexandraPhoto: HRH Crown Prince Haakon

HRH Princess Ingrid AlexandraPhoto: HRH Crown Prince Haakon