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King Harald seen for first time since surgery as he begins Easter break

King Harald is looking well and happy in an official photo taken just weeks after surgery to fit a pacemaker,

The King of Norway, 87, was seen alongside Queen Sonja as they began their Easter break at Bygdø Kongsgård.

They were joined by their son, Crown Prince Haakon, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit as well as grandchildren, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus.

Harald V has been on sick leave since February when he fell ill while on a private holiday in Malaysia. He was taken to hospital there to be treated for an infection before doctors decided he needed a temporary pacemaker fitted to allow him to make the journey home to Norway.

On his return to Oslo, he was fitted with a permanent pacemaker and spent several days recuperating in hospital before returning home to the Royal Palace.

Norway’s king remains on sick leave until after the Easter break.

He is spending the holiday with his family.

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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.