Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark

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Henrik in 2010

Prince Henrik of Denmark (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnˀʁæɡ]; born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat (11 June 1934 – 13 February 2018), was the husband and consort of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark from 1972 until his death in 2018.

Early life[change | change source]

Henrik was born in Talence, Gironde, France.

Henrik served as an infantry conscript in the French Army in the Algerian War between 1959 and 1962.[1]

Monarchy[change | change source]

Henrik in 1966

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.[2]

He had two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969). He had eight grandchildren. Throughout his time as Prince consort, Henrik voiced his opposition with fact that he never received the title of Majesty or King.[1]

He has also published many works of poetry. He was the first male Consort to a Danish monarch. Henrik retired from his royal duties on 1 January 2016, at the age of 81.

In August 2017, Henrik announced that he would not like to be buried alongside his wife Margrethe in the royal tomb.[3][4][5]

Death[change | change source]

On 6 September 2017, it was announced that Prince Henrik was suffering from dementia.[6] On 28 January 2018, Prince Henrik was hospitalized at Rigshospitalet, following a visit to Egypt.[7] It was later revealed that he had a benign tumor in the left lung and his condition worsened in February.[8] He died a few weeks later on 13 February 2018 in Fredensborg Slot of pneumonia at the age of 83.[9]


11 June 1934-30 April 2008 Count Henri of Monpezat

10 June 1967-2005 His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark

2005-14 April 2016-13 February 2018 His Royal Highness The Prince Consort of Denmark

14 April 2016-13 February 2018: His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elkjær, Kenneth (18 June 2014). "Prince Henrik Reveals His Bloody Past: We shot and human lives were lost". BT.dk (in Danish). Berlingske Media A/S. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. Danish Royal Family. "HRH Prince Henrik". kongehuset.dk (in Danish). Danish Royal Family. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. Olsen, Jan M. (4 August 2017). "Denmark prince refuses to be buried next to wife, the queen". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  4. Sorensen, Martin Selsoe (3 August 2017). "Denmark's Prince Henrik Wanted to Be King. So He'll Protest for Eternity". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  5. "Danish prince refuses to be buried with his wife, the queen". BBC News. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  6. The Danish Royal Family (6 September 2017). "HRH Prince Henrik's health". kongehuset.dk. The Danish Monarchy. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  7. Astrup, Peter; Boas, Simon; Hansen, Jens Anton (29 January 2018). "Prince Henrik Hospitalized: Prince Joachim responds to his father's situation". BT.dk (in Danish). Berlingske Media. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. /ritzau/ (2 February 2018). "Prince Henrik studied for tumor in the left lung". Jydske Vestkysten (in Danish). Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Henrik afgået ved døden

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