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Norwegian Royal Court: King Harald’s health is improving following hospitalisation

It has been announced that King Harald of Norway has been hospitalised with an infection. The King has been in hospital since Friday, and on Sunday evening, the Norwegian Royal Court issued a brief statement regarding the King’s health.

The press release stated: “His Majesty The King was admitted to the Rikshospitalet (hospital) in Oslo on Friday due to an infection. The condition is good, and the king is improving.”

King Harald’s was in good health when he visited Rælingen in October. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The Royal Court also confirmed that all The King’s duties on Monday were cancelled due to his health. It was intended that His Majesty would give audience to the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Olav Njølstad. It is not yet clarified whether this audience will be rescheduled.

It is expected that The King will return to the Royal Palace by Wednesday. It is listed in the royal court’s calendar that His Majesty will carry out his scheduled duties on Wednesday. It is then stated that the 80-year-old will hold an audience for the Norwegian Foreign Minister. There are also several assignments for The King in the period after 23 November.

The rest of the Norwegian Royal Family will still perform their duties whilst The King is in hospital. Tomorrow, the Crown Princess will attend a seminar, the Crown Prince will visit the Norwegian Helsingfors-committee and Her Majesty Queen Sonja will attend a board meeting of the Cultural Affairs at the Royal Palace.

The royal palace in Oslo and the statue of Queen Maud. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

In September, the Norwegian News Agency incorrectly reported that the King of Norway had died. The news agency sent out a new message retracting the previous message only minutes later. The Royal Court reacted to the news stating that the King was feeling well.

A couple of weeks ago King Harald even joked about the mistake. In a speech in October, he said: “The rumours of my death are significantly exaggerated. The only one who has passed away here tonight is probably the moose we will be served soon.” 

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