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Queen Margrethe releases statement following the death of her husband

Queen Margrethe of Denmark has released a statement following the death of her husband, Prince Henrik, in which she thanks people for their sympathies.

In the statement, Her Majesty talks about how moving the occasion has been, and how the well-wishes of the Danish people have been thankfully received.

In full, The Queen said: “For me and my family, it has been deeply moving to experience the warmth and sympathy that has flowed from all parts of Danish society in connection with Prince Henry’s death and funeral.

“The many beautiful flowers spontaneously laid down at the places where the Prince was, the many thousands of people from near and far who braved the winter cold to show the Prince their respects in the castle church and the countless written sympathetic expressions we have received, has touched us all deeply and is instrumental in helping us through this difficult time.

“For all these beautiful testimonies of devotion and compassion, I and my family wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all the Danish people.”

Prince Henrik’s funeral took place on Tuesday in Copenhagen. It was streamed lived on Denmark’s DR television channel.

In accordance with His Royal Highness’s wishes, it was a private funeral with just close friends and family. Roughly 60 people were in attendance at Christiansborg Palace Church.

The Royal Danish House announced on 14 February that the Royal Court would have a month of mourning. Dark colours will be worn as the Queen, Royal Family and the Royal Court will not participate “in social or entertaining events.” It will end 14 March.

The Prince died peacefully in his sleep at 11:18 pm on 13 February at the age of 83. He was at home at Fredensborg Palace and surrounded by his wife of 50 years, Queen Margrethe and their two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

Additional reporting by Brittani Barger

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