13 February 2018: Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark passed away

Prince Henrik of Denmark passed away on 13 February 2018 at 23h18
in Fredensborg Palace.

 Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik with Laura and George W Bush
in 2005
Source picture: Wikipedia


Youth

Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat was born in Talence, Gironde
in France on 11 June 1934. 

His parents were André de Laborde de Montpezat and Renée Doursenot. He was
raised in the Catholic Faith.

Love and Marriage

On 10 June 1967, Henrik married Queen Margrethe of Denmark (then Princess 
and heir to the throne) at the Naval Church of Copenhagen. For this marriage
Prince Henrik had to give up his Catholic Faith and he converted to Lutheranism.

This royal couple had two sons and 8 grandchildren. He was inter alia the
father-in-law of Crown Princess Mary (born Mary Donaldson).

Duty

Prince Henrik always had difficulties with his role. He often said he was the
number two for many years. 

On 1 January 2016, Prince Henrik retired. He renounced the title Prince Consort,
which he had been given in 2005.

In August 2017 he announced that he won't be buried next to his wife in the
Roskilde Cathedral. 

Health

In September 2017, the Danish Royal Court announced that Prince Henrik 
suffered dementia. 

On 28 January 2018, Prince Henrik was hospitalized after a visit to Egypt. 
Later the court announced that he had a tumour in his lung. 

On 13 February 2018 he was transferred from the hospital to the
Fredensborg Palace. There he died later that day on 23h18.

Mourning

On 19 February 2018, Prince Henrik's friends, family and sibblings could
say goodbye at Christiansborg Palace, even Prince Henrik's 3 dogs were
present.

Funeral

Prince Henrik will have a private funeral on 20 February 2018 at 11a.m.
at  Christiansborg Palace. He will be cremated and his ashes will be spread
at the ocean and in the garden of Fredensborg Palace.


More information, check:


- A very interesting blog about the Scandinavian Royals on this link
- Cnn on this link
- The Telegraph on this link
- Daily Mail on this link 
- The Guardian on this link 
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