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Prince Henrik of Denmark – a timeline of his health

The Royal Danish House announced on Friday, 9 February, that Prince Henrik’s health had “severely worsened.” He has been in hospital at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet since 28 January when he returned from Egypt for further testing. He had initially been in hospital in Egypt.

As a result of the deterioration of the 83-year-old Prince’s health, his and Queen Margrethe’s older son, Crown Prince Frederik was asked to return home from South Korea where he was to attend International Olympic Committee meetings and cheer on Danish athletes in the Winter Olympics.

Queen Margrethe’s husband has been in ill health over the past year with a dementia diagnosis last September.

Mid-July 2017 had His Royal Highness under the knife for surgery on his groin; a balloon angioplasty was also performed at the time on his right pelvic artery.


Timeline of Prince Henrik’s health:

July 2017: Surgery on groin and right pelvic artery

August 2017: Admitted to hospital for right leg pain after July surgery.

September 2017: Diagnosed with dementia

January 2018: Goes in hospital in Egypt where he was staying

28 January 2018: Admitted to Copenhagen hospital after being transferred from Egypt for further testing

2 February 2018: Revealed the Prince has a benign tumour and infection on his left lung

9 February 2018: Royal House announces that his health had greatly deteriorated


The Prince was admitted to hospital in August of last year for right leg pain. The Royal House said then, “The reason for the hospitalisation is progressive pain following surgery the prince had in mid-July, when the prince’s right groin was operated on and balloon angioplasty was performed in his right pelvic artery.”

It was on 6 September 2017 that it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia and would further decrease his workload, as a result. At the time, the family ask for understanding and privacy that the situation requires.

On 2 February of this year, the Royal House announced that His Royal Highness had a tumour and infection in his left lung. Thankfully, the tumour was benign.

All of the immediate members of the Danish Royal Family have visited Prince Henrik in hospital since the announcement of his condition. Yesterday saw them all spend time with him together after they had each individually stopped by over the previous two days.

The Prince’s younger brother, Étienne de Monpezat, recently told the press that Henrik only has a “matter of weeks” to live. He said, “I know my brother is not well. It seems to be a matter of weeks.”

We will keep you updated as more information regarding his health is announced.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.