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Denmark’s Prince Henrik, Queen Margrethe’s husband, admitted to hospital

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe of Denmark, has been admitted to hospital. The news was announced in a press release from the Danish royal court Thursday afternoon. The Prince has been admitted to the university hospital in Aarhus to treat an infection in his leg.

The press release reads the following:

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has been admitted to the University Hospital in Aarhus for treatment for an infection in the leg. The Prince is expected to be released from hospital by Saturday but, due to the admission, he has cancelled his participation in official programs in the coming days.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik onboard the royal yacht to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Photo: © Kongehuset

Since 2016, Prince Henrik has been retired and has participated in very few official duties on behalf of the Danish Royal House. The retirement of Prince Henrik was announced by Queen Margrethe in her annual speech to the Danish people on New Year’s Eve in 2015.

At the time, The Queen said: “My husband has decided that the time has come to step down. Or if I have to say that in plain Danish, he has decided to retire. In the future, the Prince will only participate in a few official events, which for many years have been a natural part of his life.”

Prince Henrik of Denmark. Photo: Erik Christensen via Wikimedia Commons.

Prince Henrik of Denmark was born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat in France in 1934. Henrik married Queen Margrethe in 1967 and became her consort when she succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, as monarch of Denmark on 14 January 1972. The couple has two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

Prince Henrik has written many poems in his native language French, some of which have been published in poetry collections. Since retiring, he spent much of the year at his private vineyard in France.

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