Danes supporting Queen in difficult time: PM

A sea of flowers have been left by well-wishers in front of royal residence Amalienborg Palace.

Danes supporting Queen in difficult time: PM
People lay flowers at Amalienborg Palace on Sunday February 18th 2018. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Scanpix Denmark

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and wife Solrún visited the palace on Sunday to place their own floral tribute to the late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, who died last week aged 83.

“Like everyone else, I wanted to come here and show my personal respect for Prince Henrik and thereby my support for the royal family as a whole,” Rasmussen said.

Danes and other well-wishers have turned out in vast numbers since last Tuesday's announcement to leave their floral tributes and messages at the palace.

“It is completely overwhelming. It is wonderful to see the way Danes are showing their respect for Prince Henrik and their affection for the royal family,” Rasmussen said.

The PM said the tributes gave a “strong signal” of support to the Queen at a difficult time.

Rasmussen also spoke of how he would remember the late prince.

“I think back to memories of Prince Henrik with great pleasure. He was first and foremost a happy person, and did not just want to be a spectator in life,” he said.

“There was always a good atmosphere around him. Good food, good wine, good anecdotes and big arm gestures. He was someone who could put you in a good mood just by their presence,” Rasmussen said.

Prince Henrik will be buried on Tuesday at 11am in a ceremony for close family at Christiansborg Slotskirke in Copenhagen.

Prime Minister Rasmussen will also attend the service.

The prince will be cremated, in accordance with his wishes, with half of his ashes to be spread at sea in Danish waters, and half placed in the Fredensborg Palace gardens.



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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