Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Prince Henrik of Denmark has passed away

Prince Henrik of Denmark has passed away

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

"His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died peacefully in his sleep.", the statement said.

Henrik is survived by his wife, sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren.

Henrik, born in France as Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat, married Margrethe, heir to the Danish throne, in 1967. It is traditional for male members of the royal family who marry female monarchs to be titled as a prince consort, just as Prince Philip is titled owing to his longtime marriage to Queen Elizabeth II.

In January, Prince Henrik was flown back to Denmark from a trip in Egypt after falling ill - after doctors found a benign tumour in his lung.

The Danish royal family is mourning the passing of Prince Henrik after he was hospitalized with pneumonia. The law was subsequently amended to give him about 10 percent of the annual royal allocation.

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"My wife has decided that she would like to be Queen, and I'm very pleased with that", he said in 2016.

The palace statement announcing Henrik's death did not say where he would be buried but the BBC reports that, "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". The queen said she would not change her funeral plans.

That frustration sprang up again previous year, when Henrik announced he didn't want to be buried next to his wife in the cathedral where the remains of Danish royals are traditionally laid to rest. "Finished. I do not care".

Some politicians at the time called Henrik's behaviour "tiresome" and "disconcerting", while the media had a field day with it, with one television show conferring on him the title of "Whiner of the Year".

Though his decision broke with the tradition of burying royal spouses together in Roskilde Cathedral west of Copenhagen, the queen accepted it, the palace said. "I have been satisfied with that role, but after so many years in Denmark I don't suddenly want to become number three and become some kind of wearisome attachment".

Prince Henrik, who was also known for his love of wine and food, wrote poetry, made sculptures and wrote cookery books.

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