Harald in hospital – Royal surprise in Norway

The handshake tradition is on hiatus in Holmenkollen.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Prince Haakon, Prince Sverre Magnus and the recently abdicated Queen Margareeta of Denmark (right) arrived at Holmenkollen on Saturday. PDO

If you could shake hands with the king.

That’s what the skiing star had hoped for Iivo Niskanenwho has not yet been able to celebrate the victory of the Holmenkollen 50 km race.

The Holmenkollen Games is a traditional and prestigious event in the capital of Norway, Oslo. The fact that the winner of the skiing competition used to get to shake the king’s hand shows the appreciation.

However, this year the tradition will not be repeated, because the king of Norway Harald87, has suffered from health problems and is not present at Holmenkollen.

Harald had to be hospitalized after falling ill on vacation in Malaysia. The king was hospitalized on the island of Langkawi due to an infection, from where he was flown to Norway on Sunday last week. Harald is currently being treated at Oslo University Hospital.

However, the royal family has honored the Holmenkollen Games with their presence. The Norwegian Nettavisen says that the crown prince Haakon50, arrived first together with Harald’s sister, the princess Astrid’s92, with.

After that, the queen also arrived Sonja86, Crown Princess Mette-Marit50, princess Ingrid Alexandra20, and a prince Sverre Magnus18.

The recently abdicated queen of Denmark Margaret83, also arrived at Holmenkollen.

– What a nice surprise. Queen Margaret has a close and good relationship with Norway and the Norwegian royal family, royal expert Caroline Vagle said according to Norwegian Dagbladet.

Sweden won the women’s 50 km race Frida Karlsson, who got to talk with members of the royal family. According to Dagbladet, Karlsson wished the king a speedy recovery.

The men’s race will be skied on Sunday.