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The Royal Court of Norway has reported King Harald is improving and expected to be discharged next week.

King Harald V of Norway. Photo: Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs, The Royal Court

King Harald was admitted to the Rikshospitalet on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 for dizziness, which has been diagnosed as vertigo and had been expected to go home last weekend.

Crown Prince Haakon, who is acting as Regent during his father’s convalescence, addressed the media on Monday, 13 January 2020, at 3.00 pm (local time).

Royal Central’s Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen [Twitter @OAanmoen] reported the Crown Prince thanked the media for their thoughtfulness and said the Royal Family expected the King to be home later this week.

Oskar Aanmoen tweeted that the foreign media were speculating whether King Harald, aged 82, will abdicate following his recent illness.

‘King Harald said as late as in 2019 that he believes his oath to Norway lasts a lifetime, that he will never abdicate and that abdication should not become a tradition in Norway.’