"Till death do we part" has taken on particular significance in Denmark: Denmark's Prince Henrik, who died Tuesday night at the age of 83, will be cremated after refusing to be buried in a tomb waiting for him and his wife Queen Margrethe II. Why?
She never named him king.
Henrik died “peacefully in his sleep” at Fredensborg Castle, north of Copenhagen, but the sarcophagus waiting for him and his wife will be half-empty now. In 2016, Henrik renounced the title of prince consort and returned to France, where he was born. In August 2017, French-born Henrik announced he was breaking with the 459-year-old tradition of the royal couple being buried together.
Henrik was born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat in southwestern France on June 11, 1934, in southwestern France; his parents were titled a count and countess. He served in the French Army in the Algerian War, later marrying Margrethe in 1967. Because he had married into the royal family, he was named prince consort; he would not have succeeded Margrethe — that was reserved for their son Frederik.
In the mid-1980s, Henrik stated he wanted a paycheck instead of getting annual allowances from his wife. He later received 10% of the annual allocation the Danish parliament gave to the royal family. In 2002, he told the Danish tabloid B.T. that he had been disrespected by his wife and son, saying, “For many years I have been No. 2. I have been satisfied with that role, but after so many years in Denmark I don't suddenly want to become number three and become some kind of wearisome attachment.”
He once stated, “A lot of people think I'm a loser until I prove them wrong.”