Concern for King Harald of Norway after being hospitalized in Malaysia at age 87

He King Harald V of Norway has been urgently hospitalized in Malaysia just a week after turning 87: “The king fell ill during his vacation in Malaysia and is hospitalized there with an infection. The king is receiving good follow-up by the Malaysian and Norwegian medical staff” , the Norwegian Royal House has reported, without reporting the whereabouts of the monarch.

The king celebrated his birthday on February 21 and made his trip to the Asian island a few weeks after recovering from a respiratory infection. The prince’s father Hakoon He was on sick leave on several occasions during the past year. Some health problems that, after the abdication of the queen Margaret II of Denmarkcall into question the continuity of his mandate.

The crown prince is the one who assumes the weight of the official agenda whenever his father is indisposed or absent. The husband of Mette-Marit of Norway is the first in the line of succession and took over from his father on February 26 to assume the weight of the Crown until March 1. The first official event that the Norwegian monarch had to attend after his vacation would be next March 8. An event to which, given the circumstances, it is still unknown if he will be able to attend.

This private trip of the monarch is part of the usual. Normally, she travels on these dates to celebrate his birthday, which coincides with the Norwegian winter holidays. Likewise, it is not the first time that Harald has been hospitalized for health problems. In 2020, he underwent heart surgery and two years later, he was admitted for COVID-19. Also last May he was treated for an infection at the Rikshospitalet hospital, and the most recent one occurred in January for respiratory problems.

Since ascending the throne in 1991 at Nidaros Cathedral, King Harald has been accompanied by his wife, the Queen Sonia. They met when they were 14 years old at a sailing camp in Hanko and years later love arose between them. However, an obstacle stood in the way of their courtship: Sonia was not part of European royalty. The then prince fought for a decade to have his father, el rey Olavwill accept the marriage bond.