Denmark’s Prime Minister has sent his official condolences to the Danish Royal Family following the death of Prince Henrik. Prime Minister Lars Røkke Rasmussen wrote the following:
“It was with great sorrow that I have received the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik.
“Prince Henry’s could fill up the whole world. From a childhood in Hanoi to high school in Cahors. From studying in Saigon to military service in Algeria. From a diplomatic career in London to being a treasured point of unity for The Royal Family in Denmark.
“He was highly skilled in managing Danish humour and irony. He burned for fine French cooking and possessed charm and sense of poetry, music and art. With his international vision, he helped open the eyes of the Danes to the world.
“Prince Henrik made a clear impression on the world around him throughout his life. He dared to put himself and his person in focus and refused to be a spectator of life. Life should be lived and experienced. Therefore, it was always an experienced and committed prince that you would meet.
“Prince Henrik has represented Denmark in an excellent way. His involvement was contagious, and his insight enormously, no matter where and in what he was doing.
“The prince’s joy of life reached its peek with his grandchildren, who fortunately got a lot of years to get to know their warm and loving grandfather.
“In spite of illness, the Prince kept his good mood until his last days. It is admirable how good the royal family has tackled and openly told about the difficult time they have gone through.
The royal family has lost an anchor.
“Queen Margrethe has lost her insightful and warm life-compassion that she has had for more than half a century.
“Denmark has lost a unique representative of our country.
“On behalf of all Danes, I would like to express my heartfelt compassion with Queen Margrethe and the entire royal family.
“I honour Prince Henrik’s memory.”
Lars Løkke Rasmussen is the current Prime Minister of Denmark. He was also previously Prime Minister from April 2009 to October 2011. Rasmussen is the leader of the centre-right liberal party, Venstre.