Royal family of Norway placed into quarantine

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway are in quarantine. Photo: Getty

The royal family of Norway had already cancelled all of its events up until Easter, but now it’s been revealed King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway have been placed into quarantine.

NRK the Norwegian state television confirmed the royal couple were in lockdown due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in Norway and strict new measures introduced by the Norwegian government on Thursday.

The new emergency-measures mean anyone returning from travel outside the Nordic countries must self-isolate in their homes. This now includes the King and Queen of Norway, who recently returned from a state visit to Jordan.

The news outlet confirmed neither the king or the queen are ill.

The King and Queen recently returned from a state visit to Jordon. Photo: Getty

Princess Mary returns home as royal family cancels engagements

It comes as the Danish royals have decided to cancel all official appearances, with Princess Mary and her kids returning home to “stand with the Danes”.

In a statement released by the palace, it was revealed that Aussie-born Princess Mary, her four children and her husband would all return from Switzerland, where they’ve been enjoying a 12-week school stay. 

Princess Mary has returned home. Photo: AP

“In light of the worsening situation in Denmark in connection with the handling of the spread of COVID-19, the Crown Prince couple has decided that the family will leave home from Switzerland,” the statement read. 

“The Crown Prince couple find it most natural to return home and stand with the Danes in a time that requires a lot of everyone and where there is a shared responsibility for looking after each other.”

Last night, the Danish palace also announced that Queen Margrethe has returned home from her annual winter break in Norway due to the coronavirus outbreak and has cancelled all Danish royal engagements. 

Major change to royal protocol amid coronavirus pandemic

There has also been a major change to royal protocol for the British royal family amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The royals have stopped greeting their guests and subjects with handshakes, as fears of the virus heighten. A video shows Prince Charles reach for a handshake arriving at the Prince's Trust Awards on Wednesday before suddenly remembering the new rule and, with a small jump, pulling his hand back.

The Queen also did away with the age-old British greeting when meeting visitors at Buckingham Palace, after last week donning gloves to greet her guests as a precaution.

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