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Queen Sonja of Norway leaves hospital in Oslo after King Harald is admitted

Queen Sonja of Norway visited husband King Harald in hospital today after he was admitted with breathing difficulties. 

King Harald, 83, was admitted earlier today but tested negative for Covid-19, the palace announced in a statement. 

Queen Sonja, also 83, wasted no time in visiting her husband and was seen driving herself out of the hospital car park this morning, accompanied by a friend. 

The queen looked elegant in sunglasses and a printed jacket as she left Rikshospitalet.

King Harald was also admitted to hospital earlier this year after suffering from dizziness. Pictured: Queen Sonja driving out of Rikshospitalet

Queen Sonja of Norway visited husband King Harald in hospital today after he was admitted with breathing difficulties. Pictured, Sonja (right) leaving the hospital today  

The couple's eldest son, Crown Prince Haakon, 47, has stepped in and taken over his father's duties, including a scheduled meeting with the Norwegian government, the palace announced. 

The statement said: 'The king is now being examined. Covid-19 is already excluded.' 

King Harald who ascended to the throne after the death of his father King Olav on January 17 1991, was also admitted to hospital earlier this year and underwent two weeks sick leave.

Speaking at the time Crown Prince Haakon, said it was a difficult period for the family and his father was recovering from dizziness but no serious illness was found.

Queen Sonja and King Harald of Norway at an official gala dinner to mark their 80th birthdays in 2017

Crown Prince Haakon has stepped in for his father on several previous occasions including, when he became ill in April 2018 with congestion and pain in one foot.

King Harald who is the country's first native-born king since the 14th century, won the nation's hearts when he married a commoner and led the mourning in 2011 for the victims of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

He was also praised globally for a 2016 speech showing support for gay rights, saying: 'Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and girls and boys who love each other.'  

King Harald was admitted to hospital on Friday due to breathing difficulties. Pictured: Norway's King Harald, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Crown Prince Haakon, Queen Sonja and Prince Sverre Magnus

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