Prince Hen­rik, hus­band of Dan­ish monarch, dies at age 83

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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.

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