Tuesday 16 October 2018

Danes turn out to bid farewell to Prince Henrik

A private funeral will be held on Tuesday for the prince who died aged 83.

rince Henrik's coffin arrives at Christiansborg Palace Church in Copenhagen (Mads Claus Rasmussen/AP)
rince Henrik's coffin arrives at Christiansborg Palace Church in Copenhagen (Mads Claus Rasmussen/AP)

By AP reporters

Thousands of Danes have bid farewell to Denmark’s late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, whose casket is on public display in a Copenhagen chapel until a private funeral next week.

Draped in a Danish flag with his personal coat of arms, the coffin stood on a catafalque surrounded by a guard of honour — eight military officers — inside the chapel of the Christiansborg Palace as people silently walked past on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, royals briefly visited the chapel from where a private funeral will be held on Tuesday.

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Queen Margrethe leaves Christiansborg Palace Church, where Price Henrik is lying in Castrum Doloris until a private funeral on Tuesday(Mads Claus Rasmussen/AP)

The palace respected the wish of Henrik, who died on Tuesday aged 83, to be cremated.

Last year, he stunned Danes when he said he did not want to be buried next to Margrethe as is the tradition.

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