Crown princess due for surgery

UPDATED: After years of being bothered by neck pain, Crown Princess Mette-Marit checked into Norway’s National Hospital (Rikshospital) this week for an operation. The Royal Palace announced Wednesday afternoon that the surgery was “to remove a herniated disc and alleviate pressure on the nerves.” It was performed on Friday and doctors reported it went well.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit is due for neck surgery later this week. PHOTO: Det Kongelige Slottet

Crown Princess Mette-Marit underwent neck surgery on Friday. PHOTO: Det Kongelige Slottet

Mette-Marit, who turned 40 in August, has been on sick leave since early October and it was extended until well into December. Her doctors decided that surgery was unavoidable because she’s suffering severe pain.

Palace officials reported that the doctors recommended the operation be performed as soon as possible, for medical reasons.

“We had kept hoping that she could avoid an operation, and have therefore waited as long as we could,” palace spokesman Marianne Hagen told news bureau NTB. “She has such severe pain right now that an operation was absolutely necessary.”

It’s expected that she’ll remain at Rikshospitalet for several days after the surgery and then go into rehabilitation. Palace officials said it was too early to determine whether her sick leave will need to be extended further.

The need for surgery prompted Mette-Marit’s husband, Crown Prince Haakon, to cancel a planned visit to Atlanta, Georgia this week to attend a Global Dignity event, according to a press release from the palace.

This story was updated on Friday afternoon, November 15.

newsinenglish.no staff

  • inquisitor

    A very pretty picture of her in this article.

    I have helped many with rehab from surgery such as this.
    Sometimes the surgery helps one hundred percent, other times only partial improvement, sometimes no improvement, and sometimes worse off than before the surgery. She is young, hopefully has a good doctor and gets sound follow up care the next year or two.

    • Observer2796

      This right here! She has that look of melancholy about her which is very attractive. Pity I’ve never heard her speak for an extended time to gauge if she’s well spoken, and can form well constructed sentences.

      • KiwiRob

        Her english is terrible.