Denmark mourns Prince Henrik

Denmark's Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe II, has died aged 83. French by birth, Prince Henrik is said to have been a great support to the queen although he resented the fact that he was not allowed the title of king consort. Danish media pay their last respects.

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Berlingske (DK) /

Adieu, beloved aesthete

Berlingske praises his positive impact on the Danish monarchy:

“Prince Henrik was an elegant Frenchman who made the rather mundane Danish bicycle monarchy more exciting and colourful. ... The success of a monarchy depends to a large extent on the persons who form part of it. In Denmark we have been blessed by over 40 years with a competent and popular queen. She, in turn, was lucky enough to find a soulmate at a decisive moment in her life. ... Prince Henrik was a creative and artistic soul. But when the spotlights were off he was a convivial and simple person. ... He was never one of the people, but he won the hearts of the people.”

Jyllands-Posten (DK) /

Conqueror of the Danes' hearts

The Danes' fondness for the prince is understandable, Jyllands-Posten comments:

“Danish culture is deeply influenced by social democracy, and the Danes live together with their monarchy in a marriage of convenience. So it's not surprising that [Henrik's aristocratic style and artistic interests] met with a certain popular resistance. But over time the Danes learned to love Prince Henrik, and vice versa. ... His last years were overshadowed by his dementia and headline-grabbing remarks, such as when he said he didn't want to be buried beside the queen. However that doesn't change the fact that not just the royal family has lost a cherished member. ... Denmark has lost a man with a passion for art whose international flair ultimately won over the sceptical Danes and helped make this monarchy one of the most popular in Europe.”