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BREAKING NEWS: Prince Henrik admitted to hospital

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Denmark Queen Margrethe II, is admitted to the hospital. This is confirmed by the Royal Court in a press release that was sent out Sunday evening.

The statement said: “His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has been admitted to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen this evening. Since the beginning of January, the Prince has stayed in Egypt and was hospitalised a few days ago. His Royal Highness has now come home to undergo further investigations at Rigshospitalet.”

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik onboard the royal yacht to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Photo: © Kongehuset

Prince Henrik has been admitted to hospital several times in the recent years. In the summer of 2017, the Prince was admitted to hospital twice, and it was later that same autumn confirmed that the Prince had dementia. Prince Henrik has also been treated for an infection in his leg. It is uncertain why the Prince is hospitalised this time.

The Prince was diagnosed with dementia after a series of examinations had been conducted during the late summer, and a team of specialists from the Rigshospitalet concluded that Prince Henrik suffers from dementia. As a result, Prince Henrik will further downgrade his future activities, such as where patronages and honorary memberships are considered.

Prince Henrik with his wife, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Photo: Holger Motzkau via Wikimedia Commons.

Prince Henrik of Denmark has been married to Queen Margrethe since 1967, and the couple has two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969) and eight grandchildren. Margrethe II succeeded as Queen of Denmark upon the death of her father in 1972. Prince Henrik has often complained about not being King, as the wives of Kings are usually Queens. In 2005, he was given the title “Prince Consort”, which he gave up in 2016 as part of his retirement. Henrik said in an interview, “It angers me that I am discriminated against. Denmark, which is seemingly known as an avid defender of gender equality, apparently, is ready to be considered useless with husbands to their wives.”

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.