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Crown Princess Mette-Marit tests positive for COVID-19

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Norwegian Royal Court.

In a brief statement shared on the monarchy’s website on Saturday, the palace said: “The Crown Princess has normal symptoms and is followed up by her doctor.”

The news comes the day after Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 49th birthday.

Members of the Norwegian Royal Family who have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began in 2020 include King Harald, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid Alexandra, with the young Princess having been diagnosed and recovered in the fall of 2021 and the King and Crown Prince both being diagnosed and recovered earlier this year.

The Norwegian Royal Family has been on holiday for much of August, with only a few engagements on the calendar as the month draws to a close. However, in September, the Crown Prince Couple will travel to the United Kingdom for an official visit from 14 to 16 September.

According to the Royal Court, the royal couple will begin their visit in Aberdeen, Scotland, and conclude in London. The visit’s aim is “to strengthen business sector cooperation between Norway and the UK, with a focus on green industrial and technological development,” the statement continued, and will also include “promotion of cultural and creative industries.”

In 2018, Crown Princess Mette-Marit was diagnosed with a chronic pulmonary fibrosis issue that saw her limit her official programme to suit her health needs. At the time, the Crown Princess said: “Although such a diagnosis will at times put limitations on my life, I am glad that the disease was discovered so early. My goal is still to work and participate in official programs as much as possible.”

In 2019, she elaborated on her condition, telling reporters that she takes medication to help manage her symptoms and that her new lifestyle allows her more opportunities to assess and determine how she spends her time. “I am well aware of my state of health, but I do not want him to get so much attention from outside, which is one of the reasons why I like my ‘new little life’ so much.”

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Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.