While remaining on sick leave, King Harald of Norway released an Easter message to the Norwegian people on Friday.
Norway is in its third wave of the pandemic, and the King began his message by saying:
“There are probably no more words that help right now. What we need is to see the end of the situation we have been in for over a year. Many are tired and upset. We all miss ordinary life. Still – and precisely because of that – I will now before Easter say that I am thinking of you.”
The King remarked about how impressed he has been with how the Norwegian people have adapted to life during the pandemic over the past year. He stressed, though, that “we may need our unity more than ever.”
His Majesty added: “We need to show each other generosity and kindness. We need to strengthen each other in the belief that the end is near.”
King Harald concluded his short Easter greetings by saying: “I want to wish each and every one of you as happy Easter as possible. Many of us are disappointed not to be able to be with friends and family. I still hope that everyone will try to do their best based on the situation – where we are. That we can all find joy in small things that we can do after all.
“Happy easter everyone!”
King Harald will remain on sick leave until 11 April. Crown Prince Haakon is regent until then.