Sun shines as Charles and Camilla land in Oslo

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived to glorious sunshine at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport on Tuesday afternoon as they were welcomed to Norway by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Sun shines as Charles and Camilla land in Oslo
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall lay a wreath at Akershus Fortress with Norway's King Harald and Queen Sonja (Photo: Berit Roald)

The British royals stepped onto the red carpet at 1.40pm, kicking off a hectic three-day tour of Norway.

Later on Tuesday, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall laid a wreath at the National Monument in Oslo. They then planned to meet survivors of last summer’s Utøya island massacre, before ending the day with dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

Most of Wednesday is to be spent visiting the western city of Bergen, where the couple will attend a concert and official reception at Haakonshallen, as well as receiving a guided tour of Bryggen, the city’s UNESCO-listed old wharf.

Before departing for Sweden and Denmark, Charles and Camilla will be guided on Thursday by Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja as they pay a visit to the popular Oslo exhibition, “Royal Journeys 1905-2005”.

The royal visit forms part of a series of international trips to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the British throne.

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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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