King Harald comments on his health

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

King Harald has begun undertaking royal duties since returning from sick leave at the end of last month.

The King spent months on sick leave after contracting an infection while on holiday in Malaysia and later a procedure for a pacemaker.

King Harald was in Kongsberg with Queen Sonja to mark the city’s 400th anniversary on 2 May.

During the event, His Majesty spoke to the press about his recent health battles.

“It’s not that bad for an 87-year-old,” the King said while laughing.

He added to NRK, “And it gets better! We’re working on it. I hope it gets better, but it’s not that bad.”

It was revealed in April 2024 that King Harald would reduce his public duties in consideration of his health. Regarding this, the King said: “It won’t be as big a step back as you think. I’ll take it easier every now and then, but you won’t notice much of a difference.”

King Harald will turn 88 in February 2025. He has been on the Norwegian throne since 1991.

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