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King and Queen of Sweden postpone their trip to the Olympics following Prince Henrik’s death

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden have postponed their trip to South Korea following the news of Prince Henrik’s death.

The Swedish Royal Court’s press department told Svenskdam that Their Majesties would no longer travel to South Korea to watch the Winter Olympic Games, although it is expected that they will travel there after the funeral.

The King and Queen were due to arrive in the country on 17 February.

The Royal Court also confirmed that someone from The Swedish Royal Family would attend Prince Henrik’s funeral. It is more than likely that The King and Queen will travel to Denmark and personally attend the ceremony.

The Swedish Monarch and his wife were the first royals to offer condolences to the Danish Royal Family.

In a press release, King Carl XVI Gustaf said: “The Queen and I have today, with great sadness, received the message that Prince Henrik has passed away.

“I want to express our deepest condolences to Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim and their families.

“There is a close relationship between the Nordic royal houses, not least through the close ties that connect us. We remember Prince Henrik with great warmth.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Margrethe are first cousins and have remained very close throughout the years.

Early this morning, the Royal Danish House announced that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik had died at the age of 83 at home at Fredensborg Palace. He passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his wife, Queen Margrethe and their two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim at 11:18 pm on 13 February.

The Royal Danish House has 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.

Prince Henrik’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 20th February. It will be a private occasion, and he will be cremated.