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Crown Princess Mary cancels trip to Lithuania following the death of her father-in-law

Crown Princess Mary has cancelled a planned visit to Lithuania on Friday following the death of her father-in-law Prince Henrik.

The Princess was due to visit Baltic state later this week to mark the country’s centenary of independence.

She was due to join Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel at the event.

Members of the Danish Royal Family had previously cancelled their engagements in the days leading up to Prince Henrik’s death due to his severe prognosis.

Mary’s husband, Crown Prince Frederik, came home from the Winter Olympics in South Korea early to be by his sick father’s side.

Queen Margrethe also cleared her diary for the coming weeks including two engagements that were supposed to take place in the coming days.

She has also cancelled planned audiences.

It was announced by the Royal Danish House on Wednesday that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark has died at the age of 83. He was the husband of Queen Margrethe and father to Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

The Royal Danish House said in a statement, “His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died on Tuesday, February 13, at. 23.18 peacefully in his sleep at Fredensborg Palace.

“The Prince was surrounded by Her Majesty The Queen and their two sons.”

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Queen Margrethe; son and daughter-in-law, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary; son and daughter-in-law, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie; grandchildren, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Henrik, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Princess Athena, as well as several nieces and nephews.

The Prince has been in ill health for some time with several hospitalisations in recent years. On 6 September 2017, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia after a series of examinations.