Denmark's Prince Henrik, the man who was never king, dies at 83

Denmark's Prince Henrik, the man who was never king, dies at 83

The Danish Royal Family said in a statement: "His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died on Tuesday, February 13, at 11.18pm quietly at Fredensborg Palace".

In latest years, he said on numerous occasions that he was frustrated with his life in Denmark and the title of prince consort, which he waived after his official retirement in late 2015.

When she passes away, Queen Margrethe will be buried in Roskilde Cathedral in eastern Denmark, in a sarcophagus made by sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard.

Prince Henrik's anger at his title could be an issue that touches the British royal family too, say insiders.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Queen Margrethe; son and daughter-in-law, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary; son and daughter-in-law, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie; grandchildren, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Henrik, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Princess Athena, as well as several nieces and nephews. According to traditions, men married to female monarchs get the title of prince consort, not a king.

But it also marked a turning point, as Danes saw a more vulnerable side of Henrik and slowly started to warm to him. In 2002, he fled Denmark for his French chateau because he need to "reflect on life".

He said he was unhappy she had never acknowledged him as her equal. He had felt "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated", and his self-respect was being destroyed. The queen said she would not change her funeral plans.

Henrik was something of a controversial figure in Denmark, never quite satisfied with his role as Prince Consort.

He also gained a niche following among young people in Denmark for breaking with Danish norms and remained divisive because of his aristocratic manner.

The palace confirms it will respect Prince Henrik's wish to not be buried in a tomb with his wife and he will instead be cremated. He officially retired from his Royal duties on 1 January 2016. In the time since, he was often in France at his private vineyard.

The Royal Danish House had summoned his son, Crown Prince Frederik, last week from Pyeongchang in South Korea saying that his father's health had "seriously worsened".

Prince Henrik was hospitalized twice last summer, in both July and August, and in September the Danish palace revealed that the octogenarian had been diagnosed with dementia. His ashes will be split in half, with one portion scattered in the sea and the other buried in the garden of Fredensborg Castle where he died.

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