Friday, 23 February, 2018

Putin offers condolences to Queen of Denmark over death of Prince Henrik

Queen of Denmark's husband Prince Henrik dies in his sleep with wife at his side Prince Henrik died at the age of 83 the Danish Royal family announced
Herman Weaver | 14 February, 2018, 19:13

The sometimes-controversial husband of the Queen Margrethe of Denmark died at Fredensborg Castle, late Tuesday, a statement from royal officials has confirmed.

The statement added the Queen and their two sons were at his side when he died at about 11.18pm, on Tuesday. The royal was treated at the Rigshospitalet initially and later transferred from the lung surgery department to the infectious department for more cautious treatment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark over the death of Prince Consort Henrik, the Kremlin press service said on Wednesday.

The Danish royal family is one of the world's oldest kingdoms but does not have any political authority.

The following month, the palace announced that the prince was suffering from dementia and that the impact was assessed to be "greater than expected" for his age.

Prince Henrik, who once remarked publicly that he was not the social equal of his wife or their heir to the throne, passed away at his residence.

In August, Henrik caused a stir when he said he did not want to be buried next to Margrethe, who already had a specially designed sarcophagus for the couple and the expectation that their remains would be placed in Roskilde Cathedral in eastern Denmark, where Danish royals have been interred for centuries.

Henrik was married to Danish monarch Queen Margrethe.

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He met Margrethe - then crown princess - while stationed in London as a diplomat.

While the funeral details are yet to be released, Henrik will not be buried with his wife.

He once said he felt "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated" and that his self-respect had been "destroyed".

Prince Henrik of Denmark attends a Gala Dinner for Iceland's President at Amalienbog Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 24, 2017. And many Danes disliked him for that, seeing it as a sign of an arrogant man hungry for recognition.

Over time, his contrarian streak and flamboyance helped earn him cult status among young people.

As accomplished musician, in 2013 he collaborated with Danish pop group Michael Learns To Rock, playing the piano on a song they recorded for the king of Thailand.

On Twitter, a popular radio show host wrote: "Words can not describe how much I love Henrik!"

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