I don’t have anything in particular to post on the blog today, so I thought I’d look back through the World of Royalty archives and see what was on the Royalty.nu News page 10 years ago. Here’s what I found:
December 1, 2003 – King Harald of Norway has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He will undergo surgery on December 8 and is expected to make a full recovery. The king will remain on sick leave for at least two months, during which time Crown Prince Haakon will act as regent.
Also in the news ten years ago today:
Bahrain king defends critical play
Abu Dhabi deputy crown prince appointed
Cousin of Iraqi king says monarchy would provide stability
2013 UPDATE: Norway‘s Crown Prince Haakon served as regent from November 25, 2003 until April 12, 2004. In 2005 his father, the King, had heart surgery and Haakon again served as regent, this time for a little over two months. (Source for the dates of regency: Wikipedia.) In 2013, King Harald still reigns in Norway and Haakon remains Crown Prince.
Bahrain also still has the same king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. His government has been cracking down on democracy protesters in recent years.
Abu Dahbi ruler Sheikh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was also president of the United Arab Emirates, died in 2004 and was succeeded in both posts by his son Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Khalifa’s brother Muhammad bin Zayid, appointed deputy crown prince of Abu Dhabi in 2003, is now the crown prince.
Iraq, of course, has not reinstated its monarchy.