Queen Margrethe of Denmark has cancelled two more engagements to be at the side of her ill husband, Prince Henrik at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet. Her engagement this coming Friday, 16 February at the Theatre House in Copenhagen has been cancelled. She was supposed to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
The Queen’s engagements this coming Monday, 19 February have also been pulled from the calendar. Margrethe was expected to hold public audiences.
Her Majesty was due to visit Sankt Lukas Hospice in Copenhagen to celebrate the organisation’s 25th anniversary on yesterday but cancelled the engagement, as well.
At the moment, Crown Princess Mary’s trip to Lithuania on Friday morning is still on where she will attend the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania. Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are also expected.
The Royal Danish House said in a statement on Friday that Prince Henrik’s health has taken a turn for the worse.
In full they said: “The state of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s health has unfortunately severely worsened.
“His Royal Highness The Crown Prince has thus discontinued his stay in South Korea, where he was in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. The Crown Prince is now on his way to Denmark.
“Kongehuset currently has no additional information.”
The 83-year-old Prince has been hospitalised since 28 January in Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet after returning from Egypt for further testing. He had initially been in hospital in Egypt. It was announced at the beginning of February that he had a benign tumour on his left lung and was suffering from pneumonia.
All members of the immediate Danish Royal Family have visited Henrik’s hospital bedside numerous times. His siblings, with the exception of one sister who is too ill to make the trip, have travelled from France to visit their brother, as well.