Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit cancels birthday outing after ‘falling ill’ amid ongoing battle with incurable lung disease
Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who suffers from chronic pulmonary fibrosis, called off his royal engagement at the last minute due to illness.
The 49-year-old was due to visit Finnmark on Tuesday as part of a group of engagements to celebrate her 50th birthday later this year.
Instead, her husband, Crown Prince Haakon, went out on his own to open a new elementary school and later visited Sami College.
The Royal Palace in Norway posted pictures from Haakon’s visit on the official Instagram account, saying: ‘The visit to Kautokino School is part of the Crown Prince couple’s trips around Norway on the occasion of their fiftieth birthday. Crown Princess Mette-Marit also came to Finnmark, but unfortunately fell ill and was forbidden to attend visits.
She was diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis in October 2018 and has previously said The life-limiting condition causes her to “exhaust faster than before”.
Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who suffers from chronic pulmonary fibrosis, called off a royal engagement at the last minute due to illness (pictured last month in London)
Her husband, Crown Prince Haakon, went out on his own to open a new elementary school and later visited Sami College (pictured)
There is no known cure for the disease, it causes breathing problems as scar tissue forms on the lungs, and it has forced her to slow down her busy schedule of royal duties.
according to Royal Central In 2019, the Mette-Marit was using medication to help her track down the disease.
She reportedly knew about her rare lung disease “for some time”, before making it public.
I can decide more about my daily life and realize how good it is for me. I can go for a walk and have more time to read, life has slowed down.”
Speaking at the time, she said she found it difficult to talk about her condition.
“I’m very aware of my health, but I don’t want it to attract a lot of attention from the outside, which is one of the reasons I love my ‘new little life’ so much.
The princess spoke of continuing life as usual, at the time of her diagnosis.
The royal court issued a statement when the princess was diagnosed, revealing that she was under constant monitoring by medical professionals.
A statement issued by the royal court said: “The Crown Princess underwent extensive investigations related to her health and an unusual type of fibrosis was discovered in the lungs, according to the Crown Prince’s physician, Professor Christian Piero at the National Hospital.
A number of photos from the Queen’s visit to Kaotokino School were posted on her Instagram (pictured)
What is ideological pulmonary fibrosis?
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a condition in which the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes increasingly difficult.
It is not clear what causes it, but it usually affects people between the ages of 70-75 and rarely in people under the age of 50.
Several treatments can help reduce the rate at which IPF worsens, but there is currently no treatment that can stop or reverse scarring of the lungs.
Symptoms of IPF tend to develop gradually and get slowly worse over time.
Symptoms can include:
- shortness of breath
- Persistent dry cough
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Rounded and swollen fingers (clumpy fingers)
There is no cure, and it is very difficult to predict how long a person with IPF will survive at the time of diagnosis.
Regular monitoring over time can indicate whether it’s getting worse quickly or slowly.
It is not yet clear whether pulmonary disease is related to a more extensive autoimmune disease process or if other causes may underlie the pulmonary changes.
The princess added, “Although at times such a diagnosis would limit my life, I am glad that the disease was discovered so early.
“It is still my goal to work and participate in the official program as much as possible.”
Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis, just months after it was revealed she suffers from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which can cause loss of balance, dizziness and nausea.
She took part in a number of royal engagements earlier this year alongside her husband, Crown Prince Haakon (pictured March 2023).
She was diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis in October 2018 and previously said the life-limiting condition was making her ‘exhausted faster than before’.
royalist It is a particularly rare condition as chronic pulmonary fibrosis usually occurs in people between the ages of 70-75.
According to the NHSBefore treatments such as pirfenidone and nintedanib were available, about half of people with chronic pulmonary fibrosis lived at least 3 years from their diagnosis. About 1 in 5 have survived for more than 5 years.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit married the Norwegian royal family in 2001.