Norway’s King Harald on road to recovery, Crown Prince says

King Harald is scheduled to be discharged from hospital this week, Crown Prince Haakon has said.

Norway’s King Harald on road to recovery, Crown Prince says
Crown Prince Haakon visits the Norwegian Refugee Council's headquarters in Oslo on January 13th. Photo: AFP

Crown Prince Haakon spoke to the Norwegian press on Monday after visiting the Norwegian Refugee Council's headquarters in Oslo.

The Crown Prince said that King Harald is on the road to recovery after being hospitalized last week, NRK reports.

“The king is improving and we expect him to be home from hospital during this week,” Haakon said.

“It's been a tough period in the last couple of weeks, but we are trying our best to take care of each other,” he added.

The Palace announced on Wednesday last week that King Harald had been admitted to Oslo’s Rikshospitalet.

“His Majesty King Harald was admitted to the Rikshospitalet today because of dizziness. No serious illness has been found. The king is expected to be discharged before the weekend,” the statement said.

Crown Prince Haakon said that the King was doing well, despite staying in hospital for longer than initially announced

“He is quite well under the circumstances. He was unwell and dizzy, which is why he was hospitalized. They are monitoring his condition at the hospital,” the crown prince said.

The 82-year-old King is scheduled to be on sick leave for two weeks, Crown Prince Haakon serving as regent during this period.

“My program has not changed much yet. But it means, for example, that the King is not able to meet with the government [Norwegian, statsråd, ed.], I who must do it instead,” the crown prince said of his rule as interim regent.

King Harald was also briefly laid low last month with a virus which prevented him from attending parliament on December 20th.


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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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