Danish Queen's husband dies: Royal House

Danish Queen's husband dies: Royal House

Prince Henrik briefly won support in the Danish parliament as part of a movement which eventually came to nothing, following a referendum in 2009 that backed sexual equality in royal successions.

Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe, died late Tuesday at the age of 83.

The statement added the Queen and their two sons were at his side when he died at about 11.18pm, on Tuesday.

The prince passed away last night surrounded by his wife and their two sons, the palace said.

That frustration sprang up again a year ago, when Henrik announced he didn't want to be buried next to his wife in the cathedral where the remains of Danish royals are traditionally laid to rest.

Henrik was diagnosed with dementia in early September last year- shortly after the prince made headlines for behaving out of character.

He became Prince Henrik of Denmark when he married Margrethe, then crown princess, in 1967.

He converted from Roman Catholicism to Lutheranism and changed his name to the Danish form "Henrik". However, he found it hard to fit in with Denmark's egalitarian lifestyle.

He had often spoken of his frustration at being denied the title of King instead of Prince Consort.

Prince Henrik, sitting to the right, in an official photo for his grandson, Prince Felix's confirmation in 2017.

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The Danish royal family is one of the world's oldest kingdoms but does not have any political authority.

"People are just used to considering Prince Henrik as. a little dog that follows behind and gets a sugar cube once in a while", he said.

Soon after the royal marriage, media criticised Henrik because he had openly aired his views that spanking was good for children.

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

"It is no secret that the prince for many years has been unhappy with his role and the title he has been awarded in the Danish monarchy".

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Frederik, 49, and Prince Joachim, 48.

He spent the first five years of his life in Vietnam, then French Indochina, where his father ran businesses founded by his grandfather, Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, at the turn of the century.

Mette Jensen, a 33-year-old office clerk, said that while the Danes had a "love-hate" relationship with Henrik, "I think we will miss him".

Margrethe and Henrik also owned a chateau in southwestern France where they retreated every summer.

With reporting from AAP and AP.

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