King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will travel to South Korea for the Winter Olympics in a few days as planned.
The Swedish Royal Family’s Head of Communication has said that since Prince Henrik’s funeral is to be a small and private ceremony, they aren’t sending a member to the funeral.
She had originally said yesterday that the King and Queen would postpone their trip to Olympics to attend.
Before his death, Prince Henrik made it clear that he did not want a state funeral and wanted the occasion to be a small family affair.
As a result, no royal houses will be travelling to Copenhagen for the event.
The Swedish King and Queen have therefore decided to attend the Winter Olympics after all.
The King and Queen were the first royals to offer condolences to the Danish Royal Family.
In a press release, King Carl XVI Gustaf said: “The Queen and I have today, with great sadness, received the message that Prince Henrik has passed away.
“I want to express our deepest condolences to Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim and their families.
“There is a close relationship between the Nordic royal houses, not least through the close ties that connect us. We remember Prince Henrik with great warmth.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Margrethe are first cousins and have remained very close throughout the years.
Yesterday, the Royal Danish House announced that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik had died at the age of 83 at home at Fredensborg Palace. He passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his wife, Queen Margrethe and their two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim at 11:18 pm on 13 February.
The Royal Danish House 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.
Prince Henrik’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 20th February. It will be a private occasion, and he will be cremated.