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King Harald heads back to work

Norway’s 87-year-old King Harald V will be back at work on Monday, reports the Royal Palace staff in Oslo. He’s been off on sick leave after an ill-fated birthday holiday trip to Malaysia in February.

Most would have retired long ago, but the popular Norwegian king is committed to carrying on what he calls a life-long obligation. He also ranks as Europe’s oldest monarch, but remains sharp mentally and will be meeting with Norway’s defense chief at the palace on Monday.

His wife, 86-year-old Queen Sonja who’s also still carrying out royal duties, had told reporters earlier this week that King Harald was doing “much, much better” after his sick leave had been extended until April 22. She spoke briefly with reporters while on an official visit to Skaun in Trøndelag, adding that the king had wanted to accompany her. He opted instead to continue his recovery from an unspecified infection, followed by surgery to insert a pacemaker.

His son Crown Prince Haakon has been acting as regent in the king’s absence, and flew home from a week-long trip to the US West Coast to immediately hold an extraordinary Council of State with the government to formally appoint new government ministers. He’ll also attend the session with the defense chief on Monday.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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