Norway’s King Harald V is back home and resting after being released from a week of treatment for an infection at the National Hospital in Oslo (Rikshospitalet). His release raised hopes he’ll be able to once again wave from the balcony of the Royal Palace to Norwegians parading below on the 17th of May, Norway’s national day.
State broadcaster NRK reported Monday afternoon that the 86-year-old monarch was driven out of the hospital in a Mercedes limousine, followed by a security escort. He appeared to be alone in the backseat of the car after being released from his most recent hospital stay.
“Fortunately he’s much better and on his way home,” Queen Sonja told NRK, but the palace reported that he’ll officially remain on sick leave through Tuesday.
It remained unclear whether he’ll be able to put on his top hat and oversee traditional 17th of May ceremonies on Wednesday. “We think that will be decided tomorrow, we hope so,” the queen told NRK.