King Harald and Queen Sonja express thanks for support shown while King hospitalised in Malaysia

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway have released a message of thanks for the support shown to the King while he was hospitalised in Malaysia and for the subsequent trip back home.

The statement released by the Royal Court said:

“We feel a great need to thank you for all the care, help and support in connection with the King falling ill on our holiday in Malaysia.

“We have felt the warmth flowing from the Norwegian people during this time. The great commitment has moved us, and strengthened us. Many thanks to everyone for the care you have shown us in the family.

“Once back at home in Norway, we would also like to extend a big thank you to the Malaysian authorities and staff at the Sultanah Maliha Hospital in Langkawi. Together with Norwegian health personnel, they did everything they could to ensure that the King would recover well from his illness and be ready for the journey home.

“We are very grateful to the Norwegian government, the Armed Forces and others who assisted in making the journey home so safe and smooth for us.

“At Rikshospitalet, the King is now undergoing expert treatment. We thank everyone who has given us care, practical and health-related help in a challenging situation.”

King Harald developed an infection while on holiday in Malaysia at the end of February. He ended up being fitted for a temporary pacemaker while in Asia and was transported back home by the Norwegian military. Upon arrival back in Norway, the King was admitted to the National Hospital and will fitted with a permanent pacemaker in the coming days.

The Royal Court has said the King is improving, the infection is under control, and that his condition is “satisfactory.”

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