After worrying about health: Mette-Marit appears in public

In recent weeks, the crown prince had to step down due to health issues. Now Mette-Marit gives the Norwegian people a sigh of relief.

In October 2018, it was announced that Mette-Marit from Norway had been suffering from chronic pulmonary fibrosis for several years. The change in tissue causes the organ to harden and scar, which leads to a reduction in volume and thus restriction of breathing. However, the crown prince is trying to be affected as little as possible by her royal duties.

Cheers Mette Mart on the football field

But now the Norwegian people can breathe a sigh of relief: the crown prince was surprisingly elated at a football match at the weekend. As the women of Norwegian club Stabæk FK and SK Brann competed for the trophy on the field, Mette-Marit and her husband Haakon cheered them on from the stands at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo.

Mette-Marit and Haakon from Norway: The Crown Prince attended a football match in Oslo.
Mette-Marit and Haakon from Norway: The Crown Prince attended a football match in Oslo. (Source: IMAGO / Annika Byrde)

The 49-year-old kept her warm in a high-necked striped sweater and down jacket, her blonde hair in a ponytail. Mette Mart seemed more detached than she had been in a long time, fit and in a good mood. She kept getting up to watch the fencing in the garden. She smiled, cheered and waved to the players.

After the diagnosis about four years ago, the Crown Prince herself explained that she and her husband had decided to inform the public because there would be periods in the future when she would not be able to attend official appointments due to pulmonary fibrosis. She said at the time, “I am happy to discover the disease so early. My goal remains to work as much as possible and participate in the official programme.”


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