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Norway

King Harald’s sick leave extended for second time


Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

King Harald of Norway’s sick leave has been extended for a second time as he recovers from surgery. His Majesty will remain on sick leave until 11 April; Crown Prince Haakon will continue as Regent until that time.

The Royal Court also gave an update on King Harald’s recovery, saying: “The King is in good recovery and continues treatment and training after the operation for torn tendons above the knee.”

The King’s sick leave was first extended in mid-February until 14 March, after doctors recommended more rehabilitation before the 84-year-old King resumed his royal duties.

Earlier this year, King Harald had a successful operation on torn tendons above his right knee. He has since undergone physiotherapy treatment to help him recover. At the time of his surgery, the Royal Court said he would return to his constitutional duties on 14 February.

The procedure on his leg was the second in less than six months. Back in October, the King had surgery to replace a heart valve. He returned to royal duties the following month.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.