Through Astarte Education, Princess Martha Louise of Norway’s recently launched alternative medical school, the fourth in line to Norway’s throne hopes to broaden the senses of her clientele and help them to communicate with angels. Perhaps those same celestial beings guided the royal’s in-laws, Marianne Solberg and Olav Bjorshol, back together again 24 years after signing their divorce papers.
On the afternoon of August 18, 2007, well-wishers stood outside of the Old Town Church in Fredrikstad to witness the parade of high-society guests as they arrived for the wedding. The people clapped in appreciation as Queen Sonia passed by moments after Princess Martha Louise and her husband, writer Ari Behn, made their way to the house of worship with their two young daughters, Maud Angelica and Leah Isadora, who each clutched tiny nosegays and pink flower baskets for their roles as flower girls. At last, a claret-colored Jaguar, driven by the groom, pulled up to the entrance of the church, bearing a bride in a blush pink gown topped with a white jacket designed with three-quarter length sleeves. Holding a teardrop-shaped bouquet of ivory roses in one hand, the bride linked arms with her tuxedo-clad husband-to-be, and together they walked inside the chapel to take a second chance on love.