LONDON — Feb 14, 2018, 11:32 AM ET

Danish queen's husband Prince Henrik dies, rejected royal burial place

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Prince Henrik, the husband of Denmark’s monarch Queen Margrethe II, died surrounded by his wife and two sons on Tuesday night in Copenhagen, the Royal House said in a statement.

“His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday 13 February at 11.18 p.m., at Fredensborg Palace,” the Royal House said. “Her Majesty the Queen and the two sons were at his side.”

He was 83 and had suffered from various illnesses; about two weeks ago, he was diagnosed with a benign tumor in his left lung and, in the fall, the Royal House said that he suffered from dementia.

PHOTO: Danish Prince Consort Henrik takes a tour of the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., June 13, 2011.Susana Bates/Reuters, FILE
Danish Prince Consort Henrik takes a tour of the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., June 13, 2011.

On Saturday, his casket will be on display at Christiansborg Palace in central Copenhagen, where Danes can bid him farewell.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday at 11 a.m. local time, the Royal House said in a press briefing on Wednesday. His body will be cremated. Following his own wishes, half of the ashes will be scattered in the Danish waters. The other half will be put in an urn that will be placed in Fredensborg Castle’s garden in Copenhagen.

PHOTO: Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik arrive for the commemoration service in the church in Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen on the occasion of Danish Queen Margrethes 40th jubilee in this Jan. 15, 2012 file photo.Keld Navntoft/Scanpix/Reuters, FILE
Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik arrive for the commemoration service in the church in Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen on the occasion of Danish Queen Margrethe's 40th jubilee in this Jan. 15, 2012 file photo.

In August, Prince Henrik said that he did not wish to be buried next to the Queen at Roskilde Cathedral, where Danish royals have been buried since 1559.

“For the Prince, the decision not to buried beside the Queen is the natural consequence of not having been treated equally to his spouse by not having the title and role he has desired,” Lene Balleby, the Royal House’s head of communications, told Danish tabloid BT in August.

PHOTO: Danish Prince Consort Henrik is seen here in this 2014 file photo.Keld Navntoft/via Reuters, FILE
Danish Prince Consort Henrik is seen here in this 2014 file photo.

The prince had on numerous occasions expressed frustration with his formal title of Prince Consort, saying he was unhappy that his wife denied him the title of King.

The Danish Justice Ministry said that flags will be flown at half-mast at all governmental buildings and ships.

The Royal House declared a court mourning to last until Wednesday March 14. During this period of time, the royal family will not participate in social or entertaining events. If they appear in public they will be wearing dark clothes.

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  • Siestasis42

    Long time to carry a grudge. Probably never worked a day in his life once he married.

  • Verity Pendelton

    He is a very petty man. Very sad he lived his life with bitterness and jealousy.

  • Sonya in TX

    What a disrespectful fool. He approached Margrethe to date her and then marry her, knowing that she would be a future queen. He knew what he was getting into. Now after 50 plus years of living in opulence on Danish taxpayers dime, he decides in the 11th hour to be buried elsewhere than with the Danish queen? He never turned down all of the taxpayer funded perks while he was alive. My sympathy is for Margrethe. It seems that Henrik married her with his sights on bullying her out of her rightful place as Danish sovereign. Good for Margrethe that she didn't get bullied into making him king consort.

  • Connie

    There was a good reason she didn't give him that title. He would have outranked her, and she is the one who was born a royal, not him. She did right by herself and the monarchy.

  • Sheila Moore

    No way is a female monarch in her own right going to give her spouse a title that outranks hers. If this bugs someone, don't marry a future Queen!