Support of public helped Denmark’s Queen Margrethe cope with grief

Queen Margrethe of Denmark has spoken about her grieving process after husband Prince Henrik died earlier this year.

Support of public helped Denmark’s Queen Margrethe cope with grief
Queen Margrethe at Château de Cayx. Photo: Fred Lancelot/Ritzau Scanpix

The Queen is currently on vacation at Château de Cayx in southwestern France, where she visited many times with the late Prince Henrik, who died in February.

The late prince grew up near the French Château and also grew wine on its grounds.

“It is naturally different being here alone, but it is good to be back,” she said.

“He doesn’t come through the door and ask whether we are going to do this or that. I must decide that myself. I have to learn to live with it, and I am doing so. I have reached an age where I have many friends in the same situation,” the Queen continued.

The Queen was speaking to media just over six months after Prince Henrik passed away on February 13th.

Denmark’s monarch has taken part in several official events since then, but Thursday represented the first occasion on which she has spoken publicly about the loss of her husband.

“During the last year and a half we weren’t together as much, because his health was not so good.

“It was how it was. I am happy that the very last moments were so fine and dignified and a beautiful end to his life,” she said.

Queen Margrethe also said that public support after Prince Henrik died had offered comfort at the time.

“The way in which people supported us all was very much one of the most moving things I can imagine, and it was a huge help,” she said.

“It became a kind of wave you were able to ride through it on. It was very positive, and I was grateful for it,” she added.

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Danish queen out of hospital after back surgery

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II was discharged from hospital on Thursday after back surgery last week though a full recovery is expected to last months, the Danish Royal House announced.

Danish queen out of hospital after back surgery

The 82-year-old, Europe’s longest reigning monarch, underwent a “major” back operation last Wednesday at Rigshospitalet, the country’s largest

“The medical team responsible for the operation and the subsequent hospitalisation is satisfied with the process and with The Queen’s condition,”
the court said in a statement.

The Danish monarch is now staying at her palace in Amalienborg and will undergo “a lengthy physical rehabilitation process, which may extend over the
next few months”, the court warned.

Crown Prince Frederik will “continue as regent for the time being.”

The palace had already announced that a number of events in its official programme would be postponed, cancelled or attended by other members of the
royal family as a result of her operation.

The exact nature of the operation has not been specified. The queen had undergone a lumbar canal operation 20 years ago.

The queen, who was widowed in 2018, is extremely popular in Denmark. More than 80 percent of Danes say they support the monarchy, with thousands turning out to celebrate her 50th anniversary on the throne last year.