Breaking News: Prince Henrik of Denmark has died

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His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 11:18 pm, at Fredensborg Palace at the age of 83.  Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and their two sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim were at his side. Prince Henrik had been hospitalized on January 28, 2018.  Later it was determined that he had a benign tumor in his left lung.  On September 6, 2017, it had been announced that Prince Henrik was suffering from dementia.

He was born in France in 1934 as Henri de Laborde de Monpezat.  Henri entered the French foreign services and was working as the third secretary at the French embassy in the Department of Oriental Affairs in London when he met his future wife in 1965, who was studying at the London School of Economics

In 1967, Henri married the then Princess Margrethe of Denmark and the couple had two sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. After the wedding, Henri began to be known by the Danish version of his name, Henrik.  His wife became Queen of Denmark upon the death of her father King Frederik IX in 1972.

Prince Henrik published several books of poetry in his native language as well as additional books in Danish. He enjoyed spending part of his summers at Chateau de Cayx, a wine estate in southern France.

In April 2016, Prince Henrik renounced the title of Prince Consort, which he had been given in 2005. He retired from public life and decided to participate in official events to a very limited extent.

In August 2017, Prince Henrik made news when he declared that he did not want to be buried with his wife at Roskilde Cathedral, the traditional burial site of the Danish Royal Family. He had been vocal about the difficulties he has experienced as a male consort (a historically female role) in terms of his personal income and his role in the affairs of the country.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 20th in the Palace Chapel at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.  Per his wishes, it will be a private service, with just family and close friends in attendance.  His remains will then be cremated, with half of his ashes spread over Danish seas, and other half interred in the private garden at Fredensborg Castle.

Unofficial Royalty: Prince Henrik of Denmark