Royals Attend Funeral of Prince Who Wanted to Be King

Danish Queen Margrethe, left, attends prince’s funeral. Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Henrik of Denmark (R) take part in a receiving line ahead of an official dinner at the Royal Palace on March 26, 2012 in Copenhagen. (Photo by Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images)

(CARIS DAVIS February 20, 2018 | PEOPLE.COM) Denmark’s Prince Henrik achieved in death what he craved in life — he was treated like a king.

As mourning church bells tolled throughout the nation, cannons fired in final salute outside Copenhagen’s Christiansborg Palace Church on Tuesday morning.

Sixty carefully chosen guests attended the controversial royal‘s intimate 45-minute funeral service.

Although an occasionally divisive figure, the prince’s death has united the Scandinavian country’s population in support of his 77-year-old widow Queen Margrethe II, who was in tears during the ceremony, and their elder son Crown Prince Frederik, 49. Original source. 

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(THE LOCAL, DENMARK) A sea of flowers have been left by well-wishers in front of the royal palace.

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and wife Solrún visited the palace on Sunday to place their own floral tribute to the late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, who died last week aged 83.

“Like everyone else, I wanted to come here and show my personal respect for Prince Henrik and thereby my support for the royal family as a whole,” Rasmussen said.

Danes and other well-wishers have turned out in vast numbers since last Tuesday’s announcement to leave their floral tributes and messages at the palace.

“It is completely overwhelming. It is wonderful to see the way Danes are showing their respect for Prince Henrik and their affection for the royal family,” Rasmussen said. See full story at

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(EMMY GRIFFITHS, HELLO MAGAZINE) Prince Henrik of Denmark will be laid to rest on 20 February, but no members of state will be in attendance, in accordance with the late 83-year-old’s wishes to have a private funeral. Instead, only close family and friends will attend the ceremony.

Former Bishop of the Copenhagen Cathedral and royal confessor Erik Normann Svendsen will conduct the service at the Christiansborg Palace Church at Slotsholmen. Prince Henrik – the husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe – passed away earlier this week, after he was left fighting a pulmonary infection from which he never recovered.

Instead, the prince will be cremated, with half his ashes spread in the Danish waters, and the other half interred in the private gardens at Fredensborg castle. The Royal Court will have a month of mourning for the prince, during which the royal family will wear dark colours, and will not participate “in social or entertaining events”. A book of condolence will be placed at Det Gule Palæ for people to pay their respects. Read the full story at Hello!

Had a reputation as a bon vivant who enjoyed wine, cooking, poetry

( Princess Mary is mourning the death of her father in law, Prince Henrik, who passed away aged 83 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. 

Denmark’s Prince Henrik, the husband of Queen Margrethe, was surrounded by his wife and their two sons, a palace statement said.

His son Crown Prince Frederik, 49, cut short his visit to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to return home to his sick father last week. Prince Frederick married Australian Mary Donaldson in 2004.

“His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died peacefully in his sleep …,” the statement said. “Her Majesty the Queen and the two sons were at his side.”

Henrik and Margrethe have another son, Prince Joachim, who is 48.

The French-born prince, who was admitted to Copenhagen’s highly specialised hospital Rigshospitalet on January 28 for a lung infection and a benign lung tumour, was transferred to Fredensborg Palace, located 40 kilometres north of the capital, “where the prince wishes to spend his last days” earlier this week.

He was diagnosed with dementia in September 2017.

With a jovial face framed by understated glasses, Princess Mary’s father-in-law, the 83-year-old prince had a reputation as a bon vivant who enjoyed cooking, poetry and wine.

But his frequent outbursts of anger and flamboyant style, in a country that values humility and discretion, long irritated the Danish people.

The prince moved to Denmark in 1967 ahead of his June wedding to the then-crown princess, but he found it hard being relegated to a supporting role.

Disappointed that his royal title of prince was never changed to king when his wife became queen in 1972, Henrik spoke out often in the media about his frustration, which did little to endear him to his subjects.

Instead, Danes found him arrogant and hungry for recognition … Read the full story at

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Prince Henrik of Denmark (born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat; 11 June 1934), was the husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Henrik was born in the French commune of Talence to the old French family the Laborde de Monpezats.

Prior to his marriage with Margrethe, he worked in the diplomatic service.

Henrik married Margrethe at the Church of Holmen on 10 June 1967 and became her consort when she succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, as monarch of Denmark on 14 January 1972.

The couple had two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969), and eight grandchildren.

Henrik also published many works of poetry.

He spent his first five years in Hanoi (Vietnam), where his father looked after family business interests. He returned to Hanoi in 1950, graduating from the French secondary school there in 1952.

Between 1952 and 1957 he simultaneously studied law and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris, and Chinese and Vietnamese at the École Nationale des Langues Orientales (now known as INALCO). He also studied in Hong Kong in 1957 and Saigon in 1958.

After military service with the French Army in the Algerian War between 1959 and 1962, he joined the French Foreign Affairs ministry in 1962, working as a Secretary at the embassy in London from 1963 to 1967.

On 10 June 1967 he married Princess Margrethe, the heir presumptive to the Danish throne, at the Naval Church of Copenhagen. At the time of the wedding his name was Danicised to Henrik and he was created HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. Before the wedding, the Prince converted to Lutheranism.

Prince Charles’ official name will leave you without words …

Prince Charles’ title has 18 separate elements, taking up three lines of text.

Prince Charles’ official title has 18 separate elements; here’s what each part actually means

It is a mixture of honours, titles, and ceremonial roles.

Here’s an explanation of each individual part, and its history.

British royalty have a lot going on in their full titles — as well as having more given names than normal people, there is also a flurry of dukedoms, honours, and awards to deal with as well.

Of the senior tranche of royals, the most extravagant moniker belongs to Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth’s oldest son.

As the heir to the British throne, Charles has a lot of noble titles by default, and has also been awarded successive extras over the years.

His full title is more than three full lines long:

His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.

The order above is the full version as presented by Clarence House, Charles’ private office. Here, Business Insider breaks down each element and explains what it means:

His Royal Highness (HRH)

This is the style given to senior royals, and is one rung below “His/Her Majesty”, which is reserved for kings and queens. Prince William, Kate Middleton, their children, and Prince Harry also have HRH status.

Charles Harry William Princes

This one’s easy, and is because he is the son of the monarch. His children, and their children, are also princes or princesses. People they later marry, like Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle, do not become princesses … Read the full story at Businessinsider. 


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