Up thus a long way
Denmark’s Prince Henrik, who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife, Queen Margrethe, and refused to be buried along with her, has died on the age of eighty three.
- Prince Henrik became once struck with an illness all the design thru a time out to Egypt
- He wanted to employ “his last time” at Fredensborg Fortress
- He became once a passionate artist known for his like of wine and food
The Prince died “peacefully in his sleep” at Fredensborg Fortress, a assertion from the royal household said, adding “Her Majesty the Queen and the two sons comprise been at his aspect”.
The French-born prince, who became once the accomplice’s father of Australian-born Crown Princess Mary, became once identified with a benign tumour two weeks previously.
He had been hospitalised following an illness that began all the design thru a non-public time out to Egypt.
Quickly earlier than his death, he became once transferred from a Copenhagen effectively being facility relief to the fortress, north of the city, the set aside he had wanted to employ “his last time”.
Prince Henrik sparked controversy in August 2017 when he announced he didn’t prefer to be buried next to the Queen, breaking a 459 years damaged-down tradition.
He said he became once sad she had never acknowledged him as her equal.
Quickly after, the palace announced that Prince Henrik became once plagued by dementia.
He beforehand held the title of Prince Consort nonetheless renounced that title when he retired from his legitimate duties in 2016.
He had most frequently spoken of his frustration at being denied the title of king.
Traditionally in Denmark, while a princess turns into queen when her husband takes the throne, a person does not change into king when the roles are reversed.
After a 2009 Danish referendum supported the equality of the sexes in the royal succession, Henrik remarked: “I am hoping that men will be as equal as ladies,” spurring further debate and speedy discovering toughen in parliament in favour of permitting him the title of king.
Nonetheless no legislation became once ever handed.
A passionate artist
Henrik lived his first five years in French Indochina.
He graduated from universities in Paris, realized Mandarin and Vietnamese and spent a one year on the Hong Kong College from 1958-1959.
After his transfer to Denmark, Henrik, a eager pianist, became once active in quite loads of organisations and wrote poetry, memoirs and books, collectively with a coffee table e book on French gastronomy in 1999.
Margrethe and Henrik furthermore owned a chateau in southwestern France the set aside they retreated every summer season.
As a member of Denmark’s royal household, he held honorary ranks of general in the Danish navy and air force, and became once an admiral in the navy.
Known for his like of wine and food, the Prince became once furthermore a passionate artist, producing quite loads of poems, sculptures and cooking books.
Born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat in France in 1934, he married Margrethe in 1967.
Henrik has two sons with the queen, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.