Monarch’s sick leave extended

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King Harald V won’t be getting back to work just yet. The Royal Palace announced Sunday that the monarch needs more examinations and recovery time after first experiencing breathing problems on September 25.

King Harald was admitted to Norway’s national hospital on September 25 but released early last week. He was put on sick leave until Monday (October 5), meaning his son, Crown Prince Haakon, has been acting as regent and served in his father’s place at Friday’s highly ceremonial opening of Parliament.

Now the crown prince will also lead Monday’s Council of State with the government in advance of its release of the government’s state budget proposal on Wednesday.

The king reportedly is not suffering from the Corona virus. The 83-year-old monarch was also hospitalized with dizziness in January, after the suicide of his former son-in-law during the Christmas holidays. staff