Nordic royals plan get-together in New York

Kings and queens from across Scandinavia, along with the presidents of Iceland and Finland, will join in a royal get-together in New York next week.

Nordic royals plan get-together in New York
Photo: Ernst Vikne (File)

The main event will be an American Scandinavian ball on October 21st, bringing together the kings and queens of Norway and Sweden, the crown prince and crown princess of Denmark, and the presidents of Finland and Iceland, the Norwegian consul in New York said.

The Nordic heads of state will also attend the "Luminous Modernism: Scandinavian Art Comes to America, 1912" exhibition at the Scandinavian House in New York on October 20th.

Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja were due to start their US tour on Thursday, with visits to Norwegian-American communities and sites in Minnesota and Iowa before coming to New York, where they were to pay respects at the site where the World Trade Center once stood.

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Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery

King Harald has been discharged from Rikshospitalet in Oslo after undergoing a heart operation on Friday.

Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery
A photo reportedly of King Harald on the way to hospital last week. Photo: AFP

The Norwegian palace confirmed to news wire NTB that the king was to leave hospital following the procedure three days ago.

“The king is in good form and will travel home from Rikshospitalet today,” the king’s doctor, consultant Bjørn Bendz, said in the statement.

The palace had confirmed during the weekend that the king was well after the procedure to fix an artificial valve he received during a previous operation in 2005.

Artificial valves of the type the king received have a life span of 10-15 years. As such, it is not uncommon for them to be replaced.

“His majesty the king is well after yesterday’s intervention. The king has been for a short stroll, and his condition is good,” Bendz said in a statement on Saturday.

Last month, the king spent a short time in hospital due to respiratory problems unrelated to Covid-19.

He is currently on indefinite sick leave, with his son Crown Prince Haakon deputising the king’s royal duties.

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