Monday 25 September 2017

Prince Henrik of Denmark refuses to be buried next to wife of 50 years Queen Margarethe because he never got 'king' title

Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik greet well-wishers from the balcony on the occasion of the Queen's 76th Birthday celebration at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on April 16, 2016. / AFP / Scanpix Denmark / Marie Hald / Denmark
Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik greet well-wishers from the balcony on the occasion of the Queen's 76th Birthday celebration at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on April 16, 2016. / AFP / Scanpix Denmark / Marie Hald / Denmark
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, Prince Henrik talk to journalist during their visit at Prambanan temple on October 24, 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Vincent of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark pose for photographers at the annual summer photo call for The Danish Royal Family at Grasten Castle on July 15, 2016 in Grasten, Denmark. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Prince Henrik of Denmark will be in eternal protest as he announced he refuses to be buried next to his wife because he never received the title of 'king'.

The 83-year-old has been married to Queen Margarethe (77) for 50 years, but will not be buried by her side in a specially designed sarcophagus at the Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark over the title.

After their 1967 wedding, Henrik was given the title of 'king consort', which is standard for someone in his position; for example, when Prince William ascends the British throne, Kate Middleton will become consort.

But Henrik isn't taking this lying down and will be protesting from beyond the grave at what he believes is gender discrimination.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Vincent of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark pose for photographers at the annual summer photo call for The Danish Royal Family at Grasten Castle on July 15, 2016 in Grasten, Denmark. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Vincent of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark pose for photographers at the annual summer photo call for The Danish Royal Family at Grasten Castle on July 15, 2016 in Grasten, Denmark. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

The family's director of communications told Danish newspaper B.T.: "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. For the prince, the decision not to be buried beside the queen is the natural consequence of not having been treated equally to his spouse - by not having the title and role he has desired."

"It makes me angry that I am subjected to discrimination. Denmark, which is otherwise known as an avid defender of gender equality, is apparently willing to consider husbands as worth less than their wives," he told Le Figaro, a French newspaper.

In Denmark, it's traditional for a princess to become a queen when her husband takes the throne, but not when the roles are reversed.

Margarethe ascended the throne in 1972. They have two children - Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

Henrik retired from his royal duties in January 2016 and renounced his title.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, Prince Henrik talk to journalist during their visit at Prambanan temple on October 24, 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, Prince Henrik talk to journalist during their visit at Prambanan temple on October 24, 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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