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False alarm at the camp of the Norwegian Royal Guard

On Saturday, a full terror-alarm went off at Huseby military camp in Oslo. This is the main-camp to the Norwegian Royal Guard who has the highest security responsibility of the Norwegian Royal Family. A civil car drove past the camp before it stopped outside. After this, the driver ran from the vehicle after opening the tailgate. The guards at the camp observed this suspicious behaviour and warned the commander who treated this as a threat. The camp was put on alert, and the police were notified. The soldiers who went to the car could see something similar to wires in the trunk.

The roads in and out of the camp were closed, and several people were evacuated. It soon became known that it was an accident. The man who owned the car was delayed to a flea market he would attend and touched the button that opened the tailgate before he ran from the place. The owner of the vehicle was tracked down, and he moved the car away from the camp after a short time. This was reported by His Majesty the King’s Guard on Twitter.

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon arrive at Huseby military camp last year. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

His Majesty The King’s Guard is a battalion of the Norwegian Army. The brigade has two primary roles. This is to serve as the Norwegian King’s bodyguards and guard the royal residences. They also are the leading infantry unit responsible for the defence of Oslo. Huseby military camp is the base of the Royal Guard. Some areas of the structure are classified, yet some parts of the “0-level” can be seen from ground level.

Several times a year, parades and activity days are arranged so everyone can visit the camp and see the King’s guards in full action. His Majesty King Harald and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon visit the camp once a year to inspect the Royal Guard during the summer.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.