Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe at their French home, Chateau Caix, in 1996
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Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe
French-born royal outraged Danes by refusing to be buried next to his wife
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 9:58am
Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe, has died at the age of 83.
In a statement, the Danish Royal House confirmed that the French-born prince died “peacefully in his sleep”, two weeks after being diagnosed with a benign tumour. “Her Majesty the Queen and the two sons were at his side.”
Henrik: Prince of Denmark refuses to be buried next to his Queen
The prince was a divisive figure in his adopted country. A flamboyant dresser with a passion for fine food, wine, poetry and art, he was “both loved and criticised by the Danes for his aristocratic manner,” says Reuters.
Born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat to a family of titled industrialists in south-west France in 1934, the future royal spent the first five years of his life in Vietnam, where his family had business interests.
He remained fascinated with the Far East for the rest of his life, returning to Hanoi to study as a teenager and later becoming fluent in Vietnamese and Chinese.
He joined the French embassy in London in 1962, leaving in 1967 to marry the then-princess Margrethe.
The royal couple set up home in Denmark, where “Henri” became Henrik. In the two years that followed, they welcomed two sons, Frederik and Joachim.
Never one for mincing words, Prince Henrik made his dissatisfaction with his title extremely public in the years after Queen Margrethe ascended to the …read more
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