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Norway’s Royal Guard Camp infected by Covid-19


By Andreas Haldorsen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

The main camp of Norway’s Royal Guard in Oslo has been infected by Covid-19. A total of six people have been diagnosed with coronavirus. On October 26th the Armed Forces wrote that three employees and two soldiers in the camp had been diagnosed with the infection. The five are in the same squad in His Majesty the King’s Guard.

Two days later, another case of infection was reported. Another 76 soldiers and 16 employees have been tested for the virus. The remaining troops in the company are now under curfew to prevent spread and a more difficult infection tracking job.

Huseby military camp is the base of His Majesty the King’s Guard. The camp is modern and houses about 1,100 soldiers, all of whom belong to the king’s guard. Along with the task of looking after the royals and their properties, these are soldiers who will also defend the capital of Oslo and, if necessary, assist the police.

His Majesty the King’s Guard is the Norwegian King’s bodyguard and the largest department in the Royal Norwegian Army. Armed guards have a 24-hour guard at the royal residences, the royal palace, the Crown Prince family’s home Skaugum and the King’s summer residence on Bygdøy. His Majesty the King’s Guard was established in Stockholm in 1856 by King Karl XV, with guard duty in Sweden. Since Norway got its own king in 1905, the Royal Guard has been the Norwegian king’s bodyguard and mainly located in Oslo, Norway.

On 26 February 2020, the Covid-19 virus was confirmed to have spread to Norway. As of 27 September 2020, Norway has performed 1,034,670 tests and reported 13,741 confirmed cases and 274 deaths. The mortality rate has been significantly lower in Norway than in other European countries. In the recent weeks, the number of cases of the virus in Norway has increased dramatically and several new measures to stop the spread have been implemented.

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.