Denmark's ailing Prince Henrik transferred to palace

Aaron Brown
February 14, 2018

Born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat on June 11, 1934 in Talence, near Bordeaux, the count married Margrethe, heir to the Danish throne, in June 1967.

He spent his early years in Vietnam where his father, a count, looked after the family businesses.

He studied law and politics at Paris-Sorbonne University as well as at the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations.

He met then Danish Crown Princess Margrethe at a dinner party in London 1965 where she was studying.

When Charles Wednesday Camilla on 9 April 2005, it was announced that she would receive the title "Princess Consort" and not Queen Consort when her husband became king. His eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, left the Winter Olympics and returned to Denmark to be by his father's side on February 9.

FILE PHOTO: Filer from 2017 showing Danish Queen Margrethe and her husband prince Henrik.

Henrik had his fair share of engagements and patronages, as well as accompanying the queen on state visits and other functions. He published several poetry collections, some illustrated by the queen, as well as books on cookery and his memoirs.

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Upon marrying Margrethe, he changed his name to Henrik, converted from Catholicism to Protestantism and renounced his French citizenship to become a Dane.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Frederik, 49, and Prince Joachim, 48.

As of 2005 he was addressed as prince consort. His family was left anxious when he publicly said he no longer wanted to be buried alongside his wife, Queen Margrethe.

Disappointed his royal title of prince was never changed to king when his wife became queen in 1972, Henrik voiced his frustration in the media, which did not endear him to subjects who found him arrogant. He returned to the palace upon his request to be surrounded by his family and see out his final days there.

The following month, the palace announced that the prince was suffering from dementia and that the impact was assessed to be "greater than expected" for his age.

Many believe that Camila, who received public condemnation for her alleged affair with Prince Charles throughout his marriage to first wife Diana, Princess of Wales, from 1981 to 1996, could be called "Princess consort and not Queen Consort".

The royal couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in private in 2017.

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