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King Harald leads tributes on death of former Norwegian Prime Minister, Kåre Willoch

Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

The death of former Prime Minister Kåre Willoch has dominated news since it was announced that he had passed away, at the age of 93 years, on December 6 2021.

Just hours after the announcement, issued a public statement on the death of the former Prime Minister. Willoch is considered one of the greatest Norwegian politicians after World War Two.

The Royal Court has issued condolences from His Majesty the King on behalf of the Royal Family on the occasion of the passing of former Prime Minister Kåre Willoch. The statement is as follows: “It is with great sadness that we have received the message that former Prime Minister Kåre Willoch has passed away. Our thoughts go to his closest, who has lost a husband, father and grandfather. Harald R”.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, who is on a trip to the USA, has also given a statement to the press to honour the former Norwegian Prime Minister, Kåre Willoch. The Crown Prince said: “It was very sad to hear that Kåre Willoch has passed away. He was a person I personally greatly appreciated. I grew up while watching him and Gro Haarlem Brundtland debating on TV. He was an important politician, but also a respected leader, and it was exciting to follow his commitment even after he left politics as an important social voice in Norwegian society. We will miss him.”

It was announced on 6 December that the well-known Conservative politician, who was Prime Minister of Norway from 1981 to 1986, died peacefully in his Oslo home at the age of 93.

In 1996, Willoch was appointed Commander of the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav by King Harald V. He also received King Olav V’s anniversary medal in 1982.

Willoch was a good friend of both King Olav and King Harald. They met both publicly and privately. Willoch is also said to have advised both monarchs occasionally, and he described himself as a monarchist and believed that Norway was strengthened by having a monarchy.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.