Both the Royal Palace and the king’s police escort service have apologized to an elderly woman in Bodø, after one of the king’s bodyguards pushed her out of the way during the royal couple’s visit to Bodø last week. She fell and wound up in the hospital.
Newspaper Avisa Nordland reported that the incident occurred at Keiservarden during part of the royal couple’s jubilee trip down the Norwegian coast. A witness told Avisa Nordland that the bodyguard had told a crowd to move out of the way of the royal entourage. The elderly woman didn’t hear him and thus didn’t move, so “he pushed her hard and said ‘move!’ We understand that he didn’t mean to push her to the ground, but it was unnecessary and aggressive behaviour,” the witness told the paper.
The guard apparently apologized but then disappeared. Red Cross personnel who were standing by came to the woman’s aid and she was then sent to the local hospital with an ankle injury.
“We were contacted and informed of the incident and apologize in the strongest of terms,” Marianne Hagen, communication chief at the Royal Palace, told Avisa Nordland. The royals, meanwhile, continued their jubilee tour meant to mark the 25th anniversary of King Harald’s reign. After stops in Trondheim, Bergen and Stavanger, they were due to arrive in Kristiansand and wrap up the tour this week.