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Sunday 22 September 2019

Denmark’s ailing Prince Henrik moved to palace ‘to spend last moments’

Queen Margrethe’s husband was transferred from a Copenhagen hospital to the family’s residence north of the capital.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik last year (Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Ritzau/AP)
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik last year (Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Ritzau/AP)

By Jan M Olsen

Danish Queen Margrethe’s husband has been transferred from hospital to the family’s residence north of Copenhagen, “where he wishes to spend his last moments”, the royal palace said.

The palace said in a brief statement that 83-year-old Prince Henrik’s condition remained “serious”, but no further details were given.

The French-born prince was taken to hospital with a lung infection on January 28. On Friday, the palace said his eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, an International Olympic Committee member, had left the Winter Games in Pyeongchang because his father’s condition had “seriously worsened”.

Queen Margrethe leaves Rigshospitalet Hospital (Martin Sylvest/Ritzau/AP)

Over recent days, Margrethe and members of the royal family have together or individually visited the prince at Copenhagen’s university hospital.

Henrik was transferred to Fredensborg Palace where he lives part of the year with the queen.

“Here the prince can be surrounded by the family and stay in an environment that matters to him,” Lene Balleby, head of communication, told Danish media.

The palace, 20 miles north of Copenhagen, is used by Margrethe and Henrik as one of their residences.

Henrik walked his dogs in the adjacent public park and the castle has seen scores of royal wedding parties, banquets and state dinners.

The complex of 28 buildings and annexes was inaugurated in 1722 by King Frederik IV and additional construction was made under the three following monarchs.

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