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Prince Henrik’s body leaves Fredensborg Palace

Prince Henrik’s body was moved from Fredensborg Palace to Amalienborg on Thursday morning where he will lie overnight.

Tomorrow he will be transferred to Christiansborg Palace Church where his small private funeral will be held on 20 February.

The entire Danish Royal Family followed his coffin as it was moved with hundreds of well-wishers lining the streets.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary alongside their children and Prince Joachim have visited the courtyard of the palace this morning to be among the people and look at the flowers and tributes which have been left to the Danish Prince.

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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