King of Norway rushed to hospital with infection during holiday in Malaysia

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway

King Harald of Norway has been hospitalised

Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 27/02/2024

- 15:17

Updated: 27/02/2024

- 15:49

King Harald of Norway has been suffering with an ongoing respiratory illness

  • King Harald celebrated his 87th birthday this month
  • The King has received 'good follow up' from Norwegian and Malaysian health professionals
  • Harald is one of the longest-reigning monarchs in the world

The King of Norway has been rushed to hospital with an infection during a holiday in Malaysia.

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, 87, already cancelled engagements this month due to ongoing health issues.

The King has received good follow-up from both Malaysian and Norwegian medical personnel after falling ill on holiday.

It comes as earlier this month the Norwegian Royal Family announced that the King is experiencing an ongoing respiratory illness.

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway

King Harald cancelled engagements this month


The 87-year-old monarch was on holiday in the South-East Asian country when he was taken to hospital.

In a statement earlier this month, the Norwegian Royal Family announced: "His Majesty the King is on sick leave until Friday, February 2 due to a respiratory infection.

"His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Regent carries out the King's programme."

However, on February 2 the King's sick leave was extended again over the weekend.

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway

The King of Norway has been experiencing a respiratory illness


Today the royal household announced: "His majesty the King has fallen ill during his holiday stay in Malaysia, and is hospitalised there, with an infection.

"The King receives good care from both Malaysian and Norwegian medical personnel."

The King of Norway is Europe's current oldest monarch, but has no plans to abdicate the throne.

When speaking to a Norwegian press centre in Oslo with his son, Crown Prince Haakon, the King confirmed that he would be in it for life.

King Harald

King Harald of Norway is 87-years-old

King HaraldKing Harald attending Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in 2022PA

The King said: “I stick by what I’ve always said, that I swore an oath to the Storting (parliament) and it is for life.”

The Norwegian King’s health has led to speculation over whether he would follow in the footsteps of his 83-year-old distant cousin, Queen Margrethe.

Harald walks with crutches and has recently undergone heart surgery. He has also been hospitalised in the past for respiratory issues and infections.

The Queen of Denmark stepped down from the throne in less than a year after she underwent extensive back surgery.

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