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Denmark's Prince Henrik dies in his sleep, just hours after coming home

Denmark's Prince Henrik dies in his sleep, just hours after coming home

Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe, has died at the age of 83.

Resenting never being named king, in 2016, he renounced the title of prince consort and spent much of his time at a chateau on a vineyard in southwestern France, although he remained married to the queen and officially still lived with her.

The French-born prince had been hospitalized following an illness that began during a private trip to Egypt. The royal was treated at the Rigshospitalet initially and later transferred from the lung surgery department to the infectious department for more cautious treatment.

Tasmanian-born Princess Mary and her husband, Prince Frederik, are reeling after the death of Denmark's Prince Henrik. And many Danes disliked him for that, seeing it as a sign of an arrogant man hungry for recognition.

With a jovial face framed by understated glasses, the prince had a reputation as a bon vivant who enjoyed cooking, poetry and wine. The queen said she would not change her funeral plans.

Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat was born on June 11th, 1934 near Bordeaux.

Many believe that Camila, who received public condemnation for her alleged affair with Prince Charles throughout his marriage to first wife Diana, Princess of Wales, from 1981 to 1996, could be called "Princess consort and not Queen Consort".

Over the years, Prince Henrik made no secret that he desired a more prominent role and title although this was not possible under the Danish constitution that clearly states that the queen is the monarch. In the two years that followed, they welcomed two sons, Frederik and Joachim.

The controversy took on a new dimension last August when the prince declared that he would not be buried at Roskilde Cathedral, the resting place of Danish monarchs and their spouses for the past 459 years, because of his long-standing grievance. He had felt "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated", and his self-respect was being destroyed.

As accomplished musician, in 2013 he collaborated with Danish pop group Michael Learns To Rock, playing the piano on a song they recorded for the king of Thailand.

Months later he was photographed strolling with friends in the self-governed Copenhagen hippie community of Christiania, known for its cannabis trade, and in June 2014 he dressed up in a panda costume at a charity event.

In 2015 he bailed on the Queen's 75th birthday celebrations due to ill health only to be spotted sunning himself in Venice two days later.

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