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Prince Henrik’s family, friends and pet dogs pay gather in remembrance ahead of Tuesday’s funeral

Prince Henrik’s family, close friends and even his pet dogs gathered at Christiansborg Palace Church on Monday to remember the late Prince ahead of his funeral on Tuesday.

Around 200 guests attended the service followed by a reception hosted by Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

Some of those present to remember Queen Margrethe’s husband included Countess Alexandra & her family, and Prince Henrik’s sister, Françoise Bardeen.

Henrik’s three dachshunds, Nelly, Tillia and Helike were also present at the reception to remember the Danish consort’s life.

His Royal Highness’s funeral will be small and private keeping with the wishes of the Prince who did not want a state funeral.

It will take place on 20 February at 11am at the Christiansborg Palace Church at Slotsholmen in Copenhagen. Only close family and friends will be in attendance.

Erik Normann Svendsen, former bishop of the Copenhagen Cathedral and royal confessor, will conduct the service.

Prince Henrik is to be cremated with his ashes being spread in the ocean and buried in the private royal garden at Fredensborg Palace.

It was revealed in August 2017 that Henrik did not wish to be buried beside his wife in Roskilde Cathedral as he felt he was never her equal; he had wanted to be granted the title of King Consort instead of the Prince Consort title he was given. At the time, a Royal Court spokesperson stated that the Queen accepted his decision regarding his burial.

The Royal Danish House has also announced that the Royal Court will 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.

A book of condolence will be placed at Det Gule Palæ, Amaliegade 18 from today through the 20th of February for people to sign. People will be able to sign the book from 9:00-17:00 pm each day.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY BRITTANI BARGER

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