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King Harald being treated in hospital for breathing difficulties

Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

His Majesty King Harald V has been admitted to the largest hospital in Norway, Rikshospitalet. The Royal Court has stated that the King is on sick leave and according to protocol; the Crown Prince is put in as regent of Norway. The following message was published by the royal court on Friday morning: “His Majesty the King on sick leave. His Majesty King Harald was admitted to Rikshospitalet early today.”

Police have taken up positions at the palace and the hospital. The Crown Prince Regent led the weekly council of state today on behalf of his ill father.

New details of The King’s health emerged at 11:30am, with the Royal Court stating: “The king was admitted to Rikshospitalet early today. The reason was heavy breathing. The king is now under investigation. COVID-19 is already excluded.”

Queen Sonja was observed driving away from the hospital in her own car, accompanied by a friend. Bodyguards followed in their own car behind. The Royal Court confirms that the Queen will attend an event in Lillehammer at 16:00 today. This is a positive sign and suggests that the King’s condition is not critical.

Norway`s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has issued the following statement after King Harald was hospitalised: “I wish the king a good recovery”. The Prime Minister arrived at the Royal Palace 10:45 for a meeting with Crown Prince Haakon.

King Harald has previously been cured of cancer after a series of operations in the early 2000s. Last time the King was sick was in January of this year. Royal Central follows the situation closely.  Then the King was hospitalized for a week after he became dizzy. It was later established that the King had a viral infection that was quickly cured. The king was then on sick leave for 14 days.

Royal Central will follow the situation closely as well as Queen Sonja`s visit to Lillehammer later today.

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.