When we say “royal fashion”, we often think of the latest in designer clothes, bags and accessories adorning elegant princesses. Occasionally, however, royal fashion is simply what the locals have been wearing for centuries.

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Prince Haakon and  Princess Mette-Marit wear traditional Sami costumes during their visit to Kautokeino on February 5, 2009.

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit so honored their hosts in Kautokeino as they started their official tour of Finnmark. The royal couple’s two-day visit of northern Norway started on February 5, 2008. For Sami National Day, they donned traditional costumes, designed to keep out the below-freezing temperatures and fashioned out of what was locally available. In this case, reindeer skin.

As part of their tour, Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit visited the Sami parliament, a reindeer farm and a church. Their modes of transportation included snowmobiles and sleighs pulled by reindeer.

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Part of being royalty is being glamorous and elegant. But it also means supporting their countrymen and showing unity with their communities. Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit happily demonstrate that royal fashion can be worn in many different ways.

Images: Bauer-Griffin