The Norwegian female royals did received the order for service. Queen Maud probably received the order late in her life (I cannot access my records now), and Crown Princess Märtha received it i 1942 for her war-effort. Princess Astrid received it in 1956 while she was first lady of the country, but her sister Ragnhild who was not an active royal had to wait until the 1980s.
Reigning Queens (Juliana in 1946, Elizabeth in 1955) did receive the order during state visits, as did then Crown Princesses Margrethe (1958) and Beatrix (1964). (Princess Margriet of the Netherlands is also listed as having received it in 1964, possibly as second-in-line to the throne, though I am not quite certain whether it is correct as she has also been listed as receiving the order during the state visit in 1996.)
From the 1970s more female royals received the order during state visits, including Queen Ingrid and Princess Benedikte of Denmark during a state visit to Denmark in 1974.
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