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Denmark's Prince Henrik, who wanted to be king, dies at 83

The 77-year-old queen accepted her husband's decision, the Royal House said at the time, breaking a 459-year-old tradition of burying royal spouses together

Denmark's Prince Henrik, who wanted to be king, dies at 83

Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe who was famous for his public unhappiness at never being named king, has died at the age of 83.

The controversial French-born prince had been diagnosed with dementia last year and was admitted to hospital in January with a lung infection.

His flamboyant style was both loved and criticised by Danes.

Frustrated with his royal title, he announced in 2017 that he did not want to be buried next to his wife.

The 77-year-old queen accepted her husband's decision, the Royal House said at the time, breaking a 459-year-old tradition of burying royal spouses together.

The prince died "peacefully in his sleep" at the Fredensborg Castle, north of Copenhagen, with Queen Margrethe and their two sons - Crown Prince Frederick and Prince Joachim - at his side.

Born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat on 11 June 1934, Prince Henrik married the then-crown princess Margrethe in 1967. He met her while stationed in London as a diplomat.

When she became queen in 1972, he was named Prince Consort - as in most monarchies, a princess traditionally becomes queen when her husband takes the throne, but a man does not become king if his wife becomes queen.

But over the years, the prince - who changed his name to Henrik as a mark of respect - made no secret about his unhappiness at being denied the title of king. And many Danes disliked him for that, seeing it as a sign of an arrogant man hungry for recognition.

'Degraded and humiliated'

Prince Henrik did not take it lightly when, in 2002, Crown Prince Frederik was chosen to represent Queen Margrethe at a New Year's ceremony, instead of him.

Saying he had to "reflect on life", he dramatically fled to his chateau in southern France, where he would stay for three weeks.

To a Danish tabloid, he said the royal staff had shunted him into "third place in the royal hierarchy". He had felt "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated", and his self-respect was being destroyed.

"For many years I have been Denmark's number two," he said then. "I've been satisfied with that role, but I don't want to be relegated to number three."

While the episode became a source of joke for many, it was a turning point for others, especially many young Danes, who thought his manner represented a break from the norms of cultural uniformity in Danish society.

Prince Henrik was also known for his thick French accent and his love of food, wine and poetry, and several of his cookbooks and collections of poems have been published.

In 2016, he retired from official duties, renouncing the title of Prince Consort. In the time since, he was often in France at his private vineyard.

Prince Henrik did not want a state funeral, the Royal House said, adding that the ceremony would be small and private.

Following his wish, he will be cremated, with half his ashes spread over Danish seas and the other half buried in the royal private garden at the Fredensborg Castle.

Queen Margrethe already has a specially-built sarcophagus in a cathedral west of Copenhagen where the remains of Danish royals are buried.

Reacting to the death, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Prince Henrik had "represented Denmark magnificently".

Denmark's Prince Henrik, who wanted to be king, dies aged 83

Denmark’s Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Queen Margrethe II, has died at the age 83, after a half-century struggle to win the hearts of Danes that only succeeded in his later years.

The prince passed away Tuesday night surrounded by his wife and their two sons, the palace said.

Henrik was hospitalised for a lung infection and a benign lung tumour in late January, and returned home to Fredensborg Castle on Tuesday "to spend his last days", the palace said.

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Prince Henrik of Denmark (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnˀʁæɡ]; born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat (11 June 1934 – 13 February 2018) was the husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Henrik was born in the French commune of Talence to the old French family the Laborde de Monpezats. His family had spent many years in Vietnam, but left the country following the defeat of the French in the First Indochina War. After being educated in France, Henrik served in the French Army during Algerian War. Prior to his marriage with Margrethe, he worked in the diplomatic service. Henrik married Margrethe at the Church of Holmen on 10 June 1967 and became her prince consort when she succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, as monarch of Denmark on 14 January 1972.

He had two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969), and eight grandchildren. Throughout his time as Prince consort, Henrik voiced his displeasure with fact that he never received the title of King.

Dignitaries offer their condolences in wake of Prince Henrik’s passing

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Following the death of Prince Henrik late last night, a long line of dignitaries have taken to social media to offer their condolences to the Danish Royal Family and the Danish people.

The Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen wrote in a press release that the Royal House had lost an “anchor” and Denmark a unique representative for the country.

“He showed an excellent mastery of Danish humour and self-irony. He had a passion for fine French gastronomy and had a charm and sense for poetry, music and art. With his international viewpoint, he helped open the eyes of the Danes to the world,” wrote Rasmussen.

“Prince Henrik made his mark on the world around him throughout his life. He dared to put himself and his person on the line and refused to be a spectator of life. Life was to be lived and experienced, so one always encountered a lively and engaged Prince.”

Nordic brethren

The Swedish Royal House, which has long enjoyed close ties with the Danish Royal House, was also quick to offer condolences.

“I want to express our deepest sympathy to Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim and their families,” wrote King Carl Gustav on Instagram.

“There is a close relation between the Nordic Royal Houses, so least through the close kinship that binds us. We remember Prince Henrik with great warmth.”

The Norwegian Royal House backed up the sentiment of the Nordic bond by announcing that the flags will fly at half-mast at the Royal Castle today on the day of Prince Henrik’s funeral.

“Our thoughts go to Queen Margrethe and the family following the passing of Prince Henrik. Our condolences also extend to the Danish people,” wrote King Harald.

French connection

Another who lamented Prince Henrik’s death was François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark.

Zimeray said he received the news of the Prince’s passing with great sorrow and that French President Emmanuel Macron had passed on his deepest condolences to Queen Margrethe, the Royal Family and the Danish people.

“Prince Henrik was the most French of the Danes, the most Danish of the French,” Zimeray wrote on Twitter.

Elsewhere, Russian President Vladimir Putin also sent a message of condolence to Queen Margrethe.

“I sincerely share your grief. I wish you and all members of the Danish Royal Family strength and courage at this difficult time,” he wrote.

Fredensborg Palace

Fredensborg Palace

Fredensborg Palace


Prince Henrik to have private funeral and will be cremated

At a press conference, the Royal Danish House has announced the funeral plans for His Royal Highness Prince Henrik who died peacefully in his sleep at 11:18 pm on 13 February. He was at home at Fredensborg Palace and surrounded by his wife of 50 years, Queen Margrethe and their two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

The Prince has been in ill health for some time with several hospitalisations in recent years. On 6 September 2017, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia after a series of examinations.

His Royal Highness’s funeral will be small and private keeping with the wishes of the Prince who did not want a state funeral.

It will take place on 20 February at 11 am at the Christiansborg Palace Church at Slotsholmen in Copenhagen. Only close family and friends will be in attendance.

Erik Normann Svendsen, former bishop of the Copenhagen Cathedral and royal confessor, will conduct the service.

Prince Henrik is to be cremated with his ashes being spread in the ocean and buried in the private royal garden at Fredensborg Palace.

It was revealed in August 2017 that Henrik did not wish to be buried beside his wife in Roskilde Cathedral as he felt he was never her equal; he had wanted to be granted the title of King Consort instead of the Prince Consort title he was given. At the time, a Royal Court spokesperson stated that the Queen accepted his decision regarding his burial.

The Royal Danish House has also announced that the Royal Court will have a month of mourning. Dark colours will be worn as the Queen, Royal Family and the Royal Court will not participate “in social or entertaining events.” It will end 14 March.

A book of condolence will be placed at Det Gule Palæ, Amaliegade 18 from today through the 20th of February for people to sign. People will be able to sign the book from 9:00-17:00 pm each day.

Royals from across Europe have been sending their condolences including the Swedish, Romanian and Norwegian royal families.

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El féretro del príncipe Henrik llega a Copenhague y la Familia Real recibe el cariño de los daneses

En el cortejo fúnebre han estado los príncipes Federico, Mary, Joaquín y Marie, y los que fueran la pasión del Príncipe en sus últimos años de vida: sus ocho nietos

l día había amanecido triste, como no podría ser de otro modo, en Fredensborg, tras la muerte el pasado martes por la noche del príncipe Henrik de Dinamarca. Mientras, a 40 km, la ciudad de Copenhague despertaba con las salvas que se disparaban en su honor y en todo el país las banderas en los edificios gubernamentales ondean a media asta, la Familia Real al completo ha abandonado la residencia que el Príncipe eligió para pasar sus últimas horas de vida y seguía los pasos de su féretro hasta al palacio de Amalienborg.

El que ha sido el último viaje de Henrik de Dinamarca entre el palacio de verano y la residencia oficial de la Familia Real en la capital ha comenzado a las diez en punto de la mañana y ha estado formado por un cortejo fúnebre de vehículos en el que estaban los dos hijos del matrimonio con sus esposas, los príncipes Federico, Mary, Joaquín y Marie, y los que fueran la pasión del Príncipe en sus últimos años de vida, sus ocho nietos.

Los príncipes Christian, Isabella, Vincent, Josephine, Nicolás, Félix, Henrik y Atenea, que durante el pasado fin de semana estuvieron visitando a su abuelo en el hospital en el que estaba ingresado (el Rigshospitalet de la capital danesa), salieron de la residencia real tras los pasos de su abuela y después de que el féretro del Príncipe, cubierto por la bandera de Dinamarca con su propio Escudo de Armas.

Al coche fúnebre le ha seguido en primer lugar un vehículo en el que iba la reina Margarita; a ella le seguía el coche del príncipe Federico y su familia; y en segundo lugar el que ocupaba el príncipe Joaquín, su mujer y sus cuatro hijos, dos de ellos de su primer matrimonio con Alexandra, condesa de Frederiksborg, que este miércoles definió al que fuera su suegro como “un hombre alegre que amaba la vida”.

A lo largo de distintos puntos del recorrido, puentes y márgenes de las carreteras, los ciudadanos daneses se han ido congregando en señal de respeto para despedirse así del marido de la Reina, cuyo cortejo ha llegado a la once en punto a la capital, en donde mucha gente se encontraba también asomada a balcones y ventanas, algunos de ellos de embajadas y edificios oficiales, de las calles por las que pasaba la  Familia Real. La prensa danesa calcula que aproximadamente unos 8.000 ramos de flores son los que se encuentran a las puertas del palacio de Amalienborg.

Los restos mortales del Príncipe, por expreso deseo suyo, serán cremados en una ceremonia íntima y que a su funeral, que tendrá lugar el 20 de febrero a las 11 a.m. en la iglesia del Palacio de Christiansborg asistirán su familia y amigos más cercanos. Sus cenizas se esparcirán a partes iguales: una mitad en el mar danés y la otra mitad será depositada en los jardines privados del Palacio Fredensborg. En la rueda de prensa celebrada en la mañana del martes no se especificó quién estará presente en la ceremonia de cremación, ni si al funeral acudirán miembros de casas reales extranjeras. No se ha decidido aún si posteriormente se celebrara un funeral público.

El viernes a las seis de la tarde el féretro será instalado en Christiansborg y desde el sábado hasta el lunes los daneses, que ya han estado depositando flores en todas las residencias reales y firmando en los libros de condolencias, podrán despedirse del príncipe danés nacido en Francia, con una vida apasionante y una personalidad propia que ha mantenido hasta el final. No hay que olvidar que es la primera vez que se tiene constancia en al que un miembro de la Familia Real danesa no descansara, por decisión propia, en el mausoleo real.

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