Princess Astrid celebrates 80th birthday

Princess Astrid celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday evening with a dinner at the royal palace hosted by King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Princess Astrid celebrates 80th birthday
Photo: Det kongelige hoff/Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen

A self-confessed sports fanatic, the octogenarian mother of five is also well-known for her work to help the disadvantaged in society.  

In the fourteen years preceding her younger brother Harald’s marriage in 1968, Astrid was Norway’s First Lady, working in tandem with her father King Olav V on official duties.

Princess Astrid is renowned for her loyalty to her brother and remains close to the 74-year-old king.

Despite suffering for years from ankle trouble, the Princess is often seen braving the cold by her brother’s side as they cheer on Norwegian athletes in the winter sports.

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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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