Norway’s aging king discharged from the hospital

Dec 20, 2022, 2:32 PM | Updated: Dec 21, 2022, 4:40 am
FILE - Norway's King Harald, centre, leaves the hall after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo C...

FILE - Norway's King Harald, centre, leaves the hall after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall, Norway, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. Norway’s aging King Harald V has been admitted to a hospital in the capital Oslo due to an infection and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics, the Norwegian palace said in a brief statement Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s King Harald V was discharged Wednesday from an Oslo hospital where he had received treatment with intravenous antibiotics for an infection.

“The king is on the road to recovery, but will take it easy for a few days,” the Norwegian palace said in a brief statement. The 85-year-old monarch was hospitalized Monday at Rikshospitalet, which is part of the main hospital in Oslo.

The heir to the throne, Crown Prince Haakon, had stepped in and taken over his father’s duties.

Harald, who has been seen using crutches in recent years, has been hospitalized several times in recent months, including for another infection in August. He went through a successful operation to replace a heart valve in October 2020 after being hospitalized with breathing difficulties.

Harald’s duties as Norway’s head of state are ceremonial, and he holds no political power. He ascended to the throne following the death of his father, King Olav, in 1991.

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Norway’s aging king discharged from the hospital