Prince Henrik has Died

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The Danish Royal Court has announced that Prince Henrik of Denmark, consort of Queen Margrethe for over 46 years, has died at Fredensborg Palace, aged 83! Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim were at his side. Burial plans will be released later this week.

Born Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat to Count André de Laborde de Monpezat and Renee Doursenot in France, he spent several years of his childhood in French controlled Vietnam. Educated in Hanoi, Saigon, Hong Kong, and Paris, Count Henri was working in the French Embassy in London when he met then Crown Princess Margrethe of Denmark. Their courtship was later described by his father-in-law as: “He came, he saw, and you conquered.” The couple got married in 1967 (celebrating their 50th Anniversary last year) and have two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren. She succeeded to the throne as Queen Margrethe II in 1972. Like his British counterpart, Prince Henrik found it hard to adjust to his role as Prince Consort, though unlike the Duke of Edinburgh, he has been quite vocal about his struggle.  He retired from Official Duties in 2016, and last year, he announced his intention to not be buried with Queen Margrethe and spoke out about not being made ‘King Consort’ before being diagnosed with dementia. He has had serious health problems in in the past few years, most recently a lung tumor and infection. Prince Henrik also published several books of poetry in French and Danish.

My condolences to the Danish Royal Family on this tragic loss! May he rest in peace!




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Siden i går har H.K.H. Prins Henriks båre stået i Riddersalen i Christian IX’s Palæ, Amalienborg. I aften klokken 18.00 overføres båren til Christiansborg Slotskirke. Omkring båren på Amalienborg står vagter, som stilles af værnepligtige gardere fra Den Kongelige Livgarde og værnepligtige gaster fra Kongeskibet Dannebrog. På hver vagt vil være to gardere, to gaster og en sergent fra Livgarden. På Prins Henriks båre ligger Prinsens eget flag med Prinsens våbenskjold. Omkring båren står fire ens gueridoner med kandelabre. Gueridonerne er i anledningen udlånt fra Rosenborg Slot, og I 2000 var gueridonerne også udlånt ved en privat højtidelighed i Fredensborg Slotskirke i anledning af Dronning Ingrids død. Ved Frederik 9.s castrum doloris i 1972, blev de brugt i Christiansborg Slotskirke. Båren er placeret på bukke, der er speciallavet til formålet af Kongehusets Snedkerværksted. Bukkene er lavet af Kalmar fyr fra Sverige. Låsepindene er lavet af tre forskellige slags træsorter. Den øverste låsepind er lavet af asketræ fra Fredensborg Slot, den midterste af buksbom fra Château de Cayx og den nederste fra Gråsten Slot. 📸Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©

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Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Henriks båre ligger nu på castrum doloris i Christiansborg Slotskirke. Om to timer åbner Slotskirken for offentligheden i tidsrummet 15.00 – 19.00, i morgen vil der være adgang fra klokken 12.00 – 19.00 og på mandag fra klokken 15.00 – 19.00. Ved castrum doloris er flere af Prinsens ordener placeret på en sort fløjlspude opsat på en pulpet. Yderst ligger Elefantordenens ordenskæde med ordenstegnet, elefanten, der ses nederst på puden. Indenfor kæden ses øverst Dannebrogordenens storkommandørkors, under dette til venstre Elefantordenens bryststjerne og til højre Dannebrogordenens bryststjerne. Nedenfor ses bryststjernen til storkorset af den franske Æreslegion. Prins Henrik blev Ridder af Elefantordenen på sin bryllupsdag, 10. juni 1967. 📸Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©

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On February 15th, Prince Henrik’s body was moved from Fredensborg Palace to Amalienborg Palace, from where it was moved to Christiansborg Palace on the 16th.

The private funeral will take place at the Chapel at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen on February 20th. The funeral will be a fairly small, private and personal event. Click HERE for the Guest List. According to Prince Henrik’s wishes, his body will be cremated, with half of his ashes to be spread over the Danish seas and the other half buried in the royal private garden at the Fredensborg Palace.

One thought on “Prince Henrik has Died

  1. Even though I expected his death to happen soon, it was still very sad to hear. I must confess that in many ways I’m glad the end was quick, for him as well as his family. I know first hand the despair that accompanies a decline in the mental faculties of a loved one. But I believe he still knew his family and was able to feel their love. May he rest in peace.

    The Danish Royal family is going through a very rough emotional time. This is the second death in the family within the past year, and I read elsewhere that former King Constantine is not in good health. “When sorrows come, they come not in single spies, but in battalions”. My heart goes out to all of them.

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