The Surprising Reason This Prince is Refusing to be Buried Next to His Queen
Royalty abides by a very different set of rules for practically everything — especially weddings and funerals. For Denmark, Queen Margrethe’s marriage to husband and Prince Consort Henrik was one of great love and disagreeing. Even though Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, Prince Henrick’s death brought up a lot of drama.
You see, the prince refused to be buried next to his royal wife. What was once a beautiful bond between the couple inevitably turned very sour. Here’s a quick recap of the couple’s marriage and the surprising reason this prince refused to be buried next to his queen.
1. The couple was married in 1967
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik met one another in the spring of 1965 in London. The two enjoyed one another’s company and eventually fell in love. After their engagement in October 1966, the two married on June 10, 1967, with Henrik adopting Denmark as his new home country. The couple honeymooned to Cozumel, Mexico, prior to returning to Denmark where Queen Margrethe gave birth to two sons in 1968 and 1969.
Next: Here’s how the prince died.
2. Prince Henrik died from a lung infection
The Royal House of Denmark’s press release in September 2017 informed the public that Prince Henrik’s health had been compromised, and he was diagnosed with dementia. However, it was January 2018 when he was hospitalized due to a lung infection. Despite the infection never clearing up, the prince was discharged on account that spending his last days surrounded by family was more appropriate.
Next: The original burial plan went awry.
3. The couple planned to be buried at Roskilde Cathedral
Deviating from a death plan threw the royal family for a major loop, not to mention the media. All along, both Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe were planning to both be buried at Roskilde Cathedral. This is, after all, where generations of Denmark’s royalty have rested in peace. Artist Bjørn Nørgaard even created a tomb for the two.
Next: Here’s why the prince refused to rest in peace next to his royal wife.
4. His wife wouldn’t name him king
Despite being married to the queen for over 50 years, it wasn’t until 1972 that Margrethe was crowned the Queen of Denmark. Interestingly enough, when a prince is crowned king in Denmark, his wife will follow suit, becoming his queen. When the roles are reversed, however, a queen’s husband does not necessarily become the king. For Henrik, he was given the title of Prince Consort. This so greatly upset him, that he declared his refusal to be buried next to Queen Margrethe at Roskilde Cathedral.
Next: Royal rules aren’t always created equal.
5. Prince Henrik wasn’t treated equally
Henrik felt as though he was not treated as an equal in the eyes of Denmark royalty, thus renouncing his title as Prince Consort in 2016. Clearly, Henrik harbored bitter feelings towards what he considered a lack of gender equality, inevitably packing his bags. Even though he remained married to the queen, Henrik spent the majority of his time in a vineyard in the southwestern region of France.
Next: Here’s what the queen thought about all of this.
6. Queen Margrethe has accepted this reality
Because her husband so valiantly protested his royal title (or the lack thereof), it seems the Queen Margrethe was not totally blindsided by Henrik’s lack of interest in sharing an eternal tomb. Instead, the queen accepted and honored her husband’s dying wish.
Next: The family has set aside this time to mourn.
7. The family will mourn until March 14
With the loss of any loved one, time to mourn is critical. During a 60-person, 45-minute funeral service on February 20, 2018, the queen wept for the loss of her beloved husband, despite a rocky past. And while any funeral is typically a time for all to mourn, the Royal Family has set aside ample time for Prince Henrik. In one statement, the family announced they wouldn’t take part in “social or entertaining events” until March 14.