Norway’s 86-year-old monarch, hospitalized on Monday for an infection that needed treatment, wasn’t discharged on Tuesday or Wednesday as expected. It remained unclear whether he’ll be able to take part in Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May.
King Harald V missed Liberation- and Veterans’ Day on Monday, spending the day and night at Rikshospitalet, the national hospital in Oslo. The palace reported he would likely be discharged in a day or two and able to greet the president of Italy, who’s in Norway this week on a state visit.
On Wednesday the king’s son Crown Prince Haakon told reporters that his father “will remain in hospital for a few more days. We don’t know whether he’ll be back on the palace balcony on the 17th of May, but he hopes to have recovered by then.”
Crown Prince Haakon also said his father was sorry he couldn’t take part in the state visit from Italy but that it would proceed as scheduled. The crown prince takes over many of the king’s duties as regent in such situations, of which there have been many in recent years. King Harald has been in and out of Rikshospitalet for ailments ranging from earlier infections to heart problems and a troublesome knee. He underwent surgery for bladder cancer in 2003 but made a full recovery. The palace has reported that he had 450 official duties on his program last year.