Yesterday it was announced by the royal court that Crown Prince Haakon of Norway had to undergo surgery. Now, the Royal Court has confirmed to Norwegian media that the operation was successful. “The surgical procedure has gone fine”, said communication manager at the royal court Sven Gjeruldsen in a quote to the Norwegian magazine Se and Hør on Monday evening.
The announcement of the operation came in a brief statement just before the surgery took place. The Norwegian Royal Court said at the time “His Royal Highness The Crown Prince will today, on Monday, March 4, 2019, have a minor surgical intervention for exostosis in the ear canal. The surgical procedure takes place at Rikshospitalet in Oslo. As a result of the intervention, the Crown Prince will have a reduced program for the next two weeks.”
Although the Crown Prince will scale back his duties for the next fortnight, this does not mean that he will disappear completely from public in the next few weeks. On Friday, Crown Prince Haakon is due to make his first official appearance since his operation when he joins his father, King Harald, for the weekly council of state at the Royal Palace in Oslo. The Crown Prince will also on Friday attend the audience given by the King to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian prime minister. It is also reported by the royal court that he Norwegian Royal Family will this weekend attend the Holmenkollen Ski Festival.
An exostosis in the ear canal is a bone outgrowth that can narrow the ear canal and it can cause eczema in the ear canal as well as an accumulation of wax. The cause of such outgrowth appears to be a reaction in the bone tissue due to cooling or due to constant exposure to cold water in the ear canal. Therefore, the condition occurs especially among swimmers and surfers and is also called “surfer’s ear”.
The Crown Prince has been surfing as a hobby for many years, with the Norwegian royal court publishing pictures of the family surfing as recently as 2017. The pictures were from a private holiday the Crown Prince and his family took in Hoddevik outside of Stadt, in the west of Norway. Some of the images were also from another surfing holiday Crown Prince Haakon had in 2016.