Funeral arrangements for Prince Henrik of Denmark have been released by the Danish palace. Services will reportedly begin for Queen Margrethe's husband on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Christnsborg Palace where members of the public will be able to pay their respects.
Then, following a private funeral service on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Prince's remains will be cremated – with half spread in the Danish waters and the other half interred in the private gardens at Fredensborg castle.
Prince Henrik, born Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, died at the age of 83, after he was left fighting a pulmonary infection, from which he never recovered. The Danish Royal Court announced the sad news via a statement that read: "His Royal Highness Prince Henrik quietly passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, February 13, at 23.18 at Fredensborg Palace... The prince was surrounded by her Majesty Queen and the two sons."
Last year, Henrik opened up about his wishes not to be buried next to his wife in Denmark's Roskilde Cathedral. "My wife has decided that she would like to be Queen, and I'm very pleased with that," he said in an interview with Danish magazine Se og Hør. "But as a person, she must know that if a man and a woman are married, then they are equal. It's my wife and not me that can do anything about this matter. If she wants me buried with her, she has to make me King Consort... end of story – I couldn't care less."