Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Prince Henrik of Denmark has died

Prince Henrik of Denmark has died. The consort of Queen Margrethe II passed away on February 13th 2018 at 23.18 at Fredensborg Castle. He was 83years old.

One of the last photos of Henrik to be shared, taken as he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary with Queen Margrethe in the summer of 2017

Henrik had been ill since January and returned from a stay in Eygpt to be treated in Denmark. He was admitted to hospital at the end of January and on the morning of February 9th 2018, the Danish Royal Household announced his condition had deteriorated and Crown Prince Frederik was on his way home from Seoul to be with his father. On February 13th 2018, it was announced that Henrik would leave hospital for his home at Fredensborg and he passed away there several hours later.

From Henri to Henrik, from diplomat to HRH - his royal wedding in June 1967 turned him into a consort in waiting

Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat was born on June 11th 1934 in Talence, France. The son of Andre and Renee de Laborde de Monpezat, he spent his early life in Vietnam where his father worked, and was educated in Hanoi and France. He served with the French army and then became a diplomat. He married the then Princess Margrethe, heir to the Danish throne, on June 10th 1968 and was afterwards always known as Prince Henrik of Denmark.  Henrik and Margrethe had two sons together, Frederik (born 1968) and Joachim (born 1969). On January 14th 1972, Margrethe became Queen of Denmark and Henrik assumed the role of consort.

A very happy family - a sunny snap that's now a treasured memory. Margrethe and Henrik with their children and grandchildren during their golden wedding anniversary celebrations in 2017\

The prince was a sometimes controversial consort, perhaps best known outside Denmark for his calls to be made king. But he had a diverse range of interests and patronages including environmental issues, arts and culture and wine making. He published several books and translations.

Henrik was given the official title of Prince Consort in 2005 and in 2008, it was announced that his children and grandchildren would all hold the title of Count of Monpezat. Queen Margrethe announced her husband's gradual retirement from public life during her New Year's Eve Speech in 2015 and in 2016, Henrik gave up the title of Prince Consort. He was diagnosed with dementia in the autumn of 2017 and died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on February 13th 2018.

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, consort to Queen Margrethe II
June 10th 1934 - February 13th 2018

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