Prince Henrik of Denmark moved to palace to spend final days

By Emmy Griffiths

Prince Henrik of Denmarkhas been transferred from Rigshospitalet to his home of Fredensborg Castle in Copenhagen.

A statement from the Danish palace released on Tuesday read: "His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has today been transferred from Rigshospitalet to Fredensborg Castle, where the prince wishes to stay in his last time. The condition of the prince remains serious."

Speaking to media, Lene Balleby, the royal family's head of communications, added: "Here the prince can be surrounded by the family and stay in an environment that matters to him."

The husband of Queen Margrethe IIwas taken to hospital due to a benign tumour two weeks ago, but was transferred from the lung surgery department to the infectious department for further treatment for pneumonia after his condition "greatly worsened."

The Danish royal family can be seen visiting Prince Henrik in hospital

His family have travelled home to be at his side including his eldest son, Crown Prince Frederick, an International Olympic Committee member who returned from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea to be at his dad's side. Prince Joachim and his sons Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix are also said to have visited Prince Henrik along with Princess Mary of Denmark, who took her two eldest children to visit their grandfather.


Prince Henrik and his wife, Queen Margrethe II

Henrik has been in and out of hospital for the past year after it was confirmed that he suffers from dementia. At the time, a palace statement read: "It is with deep regret that Her Majesty the Queen has asked the Lord Chamberlain to announce: following a longer course of investigation, and most recently, a series of examinations conducted during late summer, a team of specialists at Rigshospitalet has now concluded that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik suffers from dementia."

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