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Denmark's Prince Henrik dies at 83

14 February 2018

Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe who was famous for his public unhappiness at never being named king, has died at the age of 83. No further details were given.

Diagnosed with dementia in September 2017 and hospitalised in Copenhagen since January 28 for a lung infection, Henrik passed away late Tuesday. Henrik has two sons with the queen, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

"Here the prince can be surrounded by the family and stay in an environment that matters to him", Lene Balleby, head of communication, told Danish media.

In 2016, the Prince renounced his title of Prince Consort and retired from his official duties. The queen already had a designed-just-for-them sarcophagus at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark.

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Born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat in France in 1934, he married Margrethe in 1967.

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

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.

After a 2009 Danish referendum supported the equality of the sexes in the royal succession, Henrik remarked: "I hope that men will be as equal as girls", spurring further debate and briefly finding support in parliament in favour of allowing him the title of king.

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Crown Princess Mary, who is Frederik's wife, visited Henrik in hospital in Copenhagen on Friday along with two of her children, the newspaper also said. He had felt "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated", and his self-respect was being destroyed.

"It is no secret that the Prince for many years has been unhappy with his role and the title he has been awarded in the Danish monarchy".

Prince Henrik did not want a state funeral and the ceremony will be small and private, the Royal House said.

Months later he was photographed strolling with friends in the self-governed Copenhagen hippie community of Christiania, known for its cannabis trade, and in June 2014 he dressed up in a panda costume at a charity event.

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In April 2015 he sparked controversy for cancelling his appearance at Margrethe's 75th birthday celebrations due to ill health, only to resurface in a tourist-packed square in Venice less than two days later.

Denmark's Prince Henrik dies at 83