King Harald of Norway has resumed official duties on Thursday, 5 November 2020, after recovering from surgery last month.

Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The King received three new ambassadors during a formal audience at the Royal Palace, looking rather pleased to be back at work.

The ambassadors from Greece (Ms Anna Korka), Thailand (Karntimon Ruksakiati), and the United Arab Emirates, (Mohamed Hareb Bradha Khalfan Al Mehairbi), presented their credentials.

Credentials are formal diplomatic letters, traditionally written in French, presenting the ambassadors and their missions from their own head of states.

On Friday, 6 November, King Harald will chair the Council of State at 11.00 am, with Crown Prince Haakon present.

At 12 noon King Harald and Queen Sonja will have an audience with representatives from the Healthsports Centre.

Source: Facebook/Kongehuset


  • 25 September – King Harald admitted to Rikshospitalet in Oslo during the early hours by ambulance, for tests for ‘heavy breathing’. Tests rule out coronavirus.
  • 28 September – discharged from hospital as tests continue.
  • 5 October – King Harald’s sick leave extended as Crown Prince Haakon acts as Regent for the rest of the month.
  • 8 October – King Harald readmitted to Rikshospitalet for surgery.
  • 9 October – Doctors replace the artificial heart valve (lifespan of 10-15 years) which had been inserted in 2005 during surgery.
  • 10 October – Doctors report King Harald is ‘doing well’ following surgery.
  • 12 October – King Harald discharged and returns to Bygdø Kongsgård (Royal Farm) to recover and rest.

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