Denmark's Prince Henrik dies

Denmark's Prince Henrik dies

In August 2017, the prince raised eyebrows after announcing he would not be buried in Roskilde Cathedral next to the queen in a special sarcophagus, which was seen as a break with tradition.

He was the husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe II. "Her Majesty the Queen and the two sons were at his side", the statement read.

Born in France in 1934, Prince Henrik married Queen Margrethe in 1967 and they have two sons, the Crown Prince and Prince Joachim.

Henrik was diagnosed with dementia in 2017 and was recently hospitalized for a lung infection.

Princess Mary, her husband Prince Frederik and their four children, were photographed arriving at the hospital on Tuesday, where they accompanied the prince back to Fredensborg Castle.

A private funeral will be held on February 20 at the Christiansborg Palace chapel in the capital, the palace said.

"For many years I have been Denmark's number two", he said then.

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"The extent of the cognitive failure is, according to Rigshospitalet, greater than expected considering the age of the Prince, and can be accompanied by changes in behaviour, reaction patterns, judgement and emotional life and may therefore also affect the interaction with the outside world", the palace said in a statement at the time.

He said he felt "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated".

In accordance with the prince's wishes, his body will instead be cremated, with half of the ashes scattered in Danish waters and the other half buried in the gardens of Fredensborg Castle, near Copenhagen, where he died.

Over recent days, Margrethe and members of the royal family have together or individually visited the prince at Copenhagen's university hospital. 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.

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

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