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Prince Joachim talks about his father’s decision to be buried without Queen Margrethe

On Thursday, the Danish Royal Court confirmed that Prince Henrik, the husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, does not wish to be buried in Roskilde Cathedral. Roskilde Cathedral is the traditional burial site of the Kings and Queens of Denmark.

Today, the couple’s younger son, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark, answered some questions about this announcement that has received considerable international attention.

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark. Photo: Holger Motzkau via Wikimedia Commons.

Friday, Prince Joachim attended the opening of the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix. The Danish magazine Se og Hør got a comment from the Prince who said: “This is not news for us in the family. We have been aware of it for a long time, and I think it has been said. We have all been aware of it, and therefore there is no more to say about it.”

It is, nevertheless, clear that the Danish Royal Court does not wish to comment on this matter more. The magazine’s editorial staff adds in their article that after they asked for a statement on this issue and received the answer from Prince Joachim, a member of the Danish Royal Court told the press not to ask any further questions.

Read our Editor-in-Chief’s opinion about Prince Henrik decision here: “Prince Henrik of Denmark an embarrassment to constitutional monarchy.”

His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat. Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen via Flickr

It should be emphasised that it seems that Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik still have a good relationship. This summer they have been observed together on holiday in France.

Prince Henrik of Denmark has been married to Queen Margrethe since 1967, and the couple has two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren. Prince Henrik has often complained about not being King. He has been retired since 2015 and has performed very few duties on behalf of the family since.

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.