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Prince Henrik of Denmark has passed away

Prince Henrik of Denmark has passed away

Prince Henrik, the husband of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, has died at the age of 83.

In 2002, he made headlines when he fled to his chateau in southern France to "reflect on life", complaining he didn't receive enough respect in Denmark after his son, Crown Prince Frederik, was chosen to represent the queen at a New Year's ceremony instead of him.

The French-born prince, who was the father-in-law of Australian-born Crown Princess Mary, was diagnosed with a benign tumour two weeks ago.

Just earlier this year, His Royal Highness was hospitalised in Egypt for a few days before returning to Denmark and being admitted to Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet for further tests.

Henrik, however, caused a scandal last August by announcing that when he died he didn't want to be buried next to Margrethe in the cathedral where the remains of Danish royals have gone for centuries.

Prince Henrik of Denmark attends a Gala Dinner for Iceland's President at Amalienbog Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 24, 2017.

Henrik lived his first five years in French Indochina.

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Born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat on 11 June 1934 in Talence, near Bordeaux, the count married Margrethe, heir to the Danish throne, in June 1967.

Several members of the Danish Royal Family visited Henrik in hospital on the day of the announcement, as well.

Palace officials announced on Wednesday morning (14Feb18), that the royal had passed away on Tuesday night at Fredensborg Castle, a palace located north of Copenhagen, surrounded by his 77-year-old wife and two sons.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik in 1972.

After finishing secondary school, he studied Vietnamese and Chinese, law and political science in Paris, before completing his French military service with the infantry in Algeria from 1959 to 1962. Before marrying Queen Margrethe, he served in the French Army in the Algerian War and worked for the French Foreign Affairs ministry at the French Embassy in London.

"The royal family has lost an anchor", Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said in a statement, who said Henrik "kept his good spirits till the end".

Henrik is survived by his wife, two sons and multiple grandchildren. He later vented his frustrations at never having been made king and being outranked by his wife. A spokesperson stated that the Queen accepted his decision.


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