King Juan Carlos, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Albert of Belgium, and, in recent weeks, Margaret of Denmark. European monarchies were reformed by handing the throne to their descendants. The exact abdication of Denmark’s sovereignty prompted Norwegian journalists to question King Harald about his future plans. It seems that, at the moment, the monarch is not ready to retire and during his visit to Faktisk, the Press House of the Scandinavian country, where he went with Crown Prince Haakon, he answered: “No, I have no intention at all. “I stand by what I said from the beginning: I took an oath to the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) and it is for life.” when he said, “my motto has always been: ‘Stay while you live.’ That is what my father and his predecessors did. . And that’s what I saw, too.”. However, the monarch changed his mind at the beginning of the year, replacing Frederick and Mary of Denmark.
Norway’s king has been on the throne since January 1991, and his health problems have often raised doubts about his continuity. In December 2003, he underwent surgery for bladder cancer. In March 2005, an artificial valve was placed to compensate for the aortic stenosis, and since 2017, his stay in the hospital due to respiratory problems has been frequent.
The Norwegian Constitution of 1905 does not explicitly provide for the possibility of abdication, although there is no provision obliging a monarch to retain his crown for life. In any case, Prince Haakon continues his training, and it is common to see him replacing the monarch at many official events.