King Harald of Norway had to share his expertise when his driver had problems getting the car into gear.
It was during a visit to Bergen that His Majesty and his wife, Queen Sonja, were being escorted to an art exhibition. The Bergen police escort service were on strike, and Inspector Olav Valland had to step in to drive the royals. Unfortunately, the Inspector couldn’t get the rented Mercedes to move, as he had no experience with the car’s automatic transmission.
The King quickly leaned forward and informed the driver that he had to apply the brake pedal in order to get the car into gear.
The Royal couple arrived at the art gallery five minutes late, but the Inspector refuses to take responsibility for the whole delay – on the account that the King was so quick to intervene.
Representatives for the striking police force commented:
-That’s what happens when police chiefs take the jobs of experienced cops!