Prince Henrik, husband of Danish monarch, dies at age 83
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife or their son in line to become Denmark’s king, died late Tuesday. He was 83.
He was diagnosed with dementia last year and was hospitalized late last month with a lung infection. Earlier in the day, Henrik was moved from a Copenhagen hospital to the family’s residence north of the capital, where the royal palace said he wished “to spend his last moments.”
A later statement said Henrik died at 11:18 p.m. in his sleep and that the queen and their two sons were at his side.
“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.”
Flags were at half-mast on public and private buildings across Copenhagen, including the city’s famed downtown amusement park Tivoli. National radio channels changed their morning programs to broadcast more austere music interrupted by titbits and anecdotes about Henrik’s life.