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King Harald ill

Worrying news from the Norwegian court: King Harald has fallen ill.

The court’s response after Harald’s tough announcement
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King Harald has fallen ill, the Norwegian court announces in a communique.

A worrying message – 85-year-old Harald has had problems with his health in recent years and has been hospitalized several times.

King Harald in a car on the way from the Rikshospitalet in Oslo in 2020

“His Majesty the King has today, Friday 25 November, been on sick leave due to symptoms of a cold” announces the Norwegian court.

Photo: Terje Pedersen/TT

King Harald is now on sick leave with what are assumed to be respiratory symptoms – at the same time as Norway’s Deputy Regent Crown Prince Haakon, 49, has been in Kenya – 1,000 miles from home – together with Crown Princess Victoria.

Crown Princess Victoria at Haakon’s side on Wednesday evening.

Photo: Lise Åserud/TT

King Harald sick – while Haakon is in Kenya with Victoria

As late as yesterday evening, Haakon was still in Nairobi, where he, together with Crown Princess Victoria, was a guest at the long-planned cocktail party at the Swedish embassy.

And if there was a concern for King Harald even then, both he and Crown Princess Victoria hid it well.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Victoria at the Swedish Embassy’s social gathering in Nairobi last night.

Photo: Lise Åserud/TT

But after today’s announcement, which went out shortly after 10:00 in the morning, Haakon is now on his way home to shoulder the responsibility as Norway’s head of state – if he hasn’t already landed in Oslo:

– His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Regent is carrying out the King’s planned program today, states the court.

The article is updated.

Photo: Norwegian court, TT.

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