Life in pictures: Prince Henrik of Denmark

Prince Henrik, the husband of Denmark's Queen Margrethe, has died. We've picked out a few of our favourite photos from a royal life that was lived to the full.

Life in pictures: Prince Henrik of Denmark
Prince Henrik in 1974. Photo: Allan Moe/Scanpix

Prince Henrik died late on Tuesday aged 83 and flags are flying at half mast across Denmark.

With a jovial face framed by understated glasses, the prince had a reputation as a bon vivant who enjoyed cooking, art and wine. He had a keen interest in poetry and translated several works of French literature into Danish.

Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat was born on June 11th, 1934 near Bordeaux. He spent the first five years of his life in Vietnam, then French Indochina, where his father ran businesses founded by his grandfather, Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, at the turn of the century.

He studied law and politics at Paris-Sorbonne University as well as at the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations.

After military service with the French Army in the Algerian War between 1959 and 1962, he joined the French Foreign Affairs ministry in 1962 and worked as a secretary at the embassy in London from 1963 to 1967.

He became Prince Henrik of Denmark when he married Margrethe, then crown princess, in 1967.

We have gathered a few of our favourite photos looking back on Prince Henrik's life.


With the royal family at summer residence Gråsten Palace in 2016. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark

Dancing with Queen Margrethe at Fredensborg Palace after the couple's wedding, 1972. Photo: Allan Moe/Scanpix Denmark

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik in 1972. Photo: Willy Henrichsen/Scanpix Denmark

With sons Crown Prince Frederik (L) and Prince Joachim, 1975. Photo: Steen Jacobsen/Scanpix Denmark

With his sons at the fundraising 'Rock for Africa' concert at Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, 1985. Photo: NF/Scanpix

With Queen Margrethe in Cahors, France in 2003. Photo: Jørgen Jessen/Scanpix Denmark

Arriving at gala dinner to mark the Queen's 40th jubilee in 2012. Jeppe Michael Jensen/Scanpix

At Château de Cayx, the royal family's residence in Cahors, France, 2016. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Being greeted by his family (L-R) Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. Christiansborg, 2015. Sophia Juliane Lydolph/Scanpix



Prince Henrik of Denmark’s art collection is for sale – and you can bid online

If you would like a royal ornament to decorate your home, you might soon have the chance to acquire one… for the right bid.

Prince Henrik of Denmark’s art collection is for sale – and you can bid online
The late Prince Henrik pictured in 2016 with items from his art collection. Photo: Lærke Posselt/Creative Commons

A large number of items which belonged to the late Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark are to be sold by auction house Bruun Rasmussen next month.

The prince, who was the husband of Queen Margrethe II, passed away in February 2018 aged 83.

His art collection includes figures and masks from Africa and Asian works of jade.

A preliminary auction has already begun online prior to the sale which will take place in Copenhagen on August 27th-29th. The highest online bids will form the starting bid at the physical auction.

Amulets, bowls and figures of mythical creatures are among the items to come under the hammer.

The late prince requested in his will that the items be sold, the Danish palace has confirmed.

Some of his collection, which numbered over 6,000 items, has been chosen to be retained by the royal family and will partly be kept at the Château de Cayx in France, which is owned by the Queen and where the royal couple regularly spent holiday time.

Profits from the sales will go in part to two royal foundations, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess Foundation and the Nikolai and Felix Foundation. Both foundations support humanitarian and social projects.

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