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Crown Prince Haakon takes on important duty as King Harald remains in hospital

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

The heir to the throne of Norway has taken on an important duty as his father, King Harald, remains in hospital in Malaysia where he’s being treated for an infection.

Crown Prince Haakon sent the official welcome to the new President of Finland, a message usually overseen by the country’s Head of State.

The Crown Prince had been acting as regent before his father was taken ill, usual procedure in Norway when the monarch is away.

King Harald had been on holiday in Malaysia when he was taken ill.

He was admitted to hospital with the royal court announcing his illness on February 27th 2024.

On March 1st, Crown Prince Haakon took on the duty of sending a welcome message to Finland’s new head of state. Messages had already been sent by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and King Frederik X of Denmark.

In his welcome to Alexander Stubb, the Crown Prince said ”On the occasion of your inauguration as President of the Republic of Finland, I have the pleasure of sending you my heartiest congratulations, and to convey my best wishes for yourself, and for the welfare and prosperity of the Finnish people.”

Around the same time, the royal court issued a fresh update on the health of King Harald, 87, which noted that he remained in hospital in Malaysia and would stay there for several more days as he continued to recover and rest.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.