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Old 02-20-2015, 01:05 PM
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He´s been making a fool of himself once more! It´s so ridiculous and embarrassing. Henrik should finally realise that monarchy is mainly about traditions, and there´s no tradition for a consort of a queen regnant since many centuries to become a King.
For how many decades he´s sticking to this subject?!
IMO he´s damging the good reputation of the royal family with his childish behaviour!

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I also fear that Henrik will not support Frederik if Margrethe dies before him. I kind of hope that Henrik has already moved in to Roskilde Cathedral the day the next accession takes place.
He will never accept being nr 3 in the house and will probably move to France permanently if that happens.


Well, strictly speaking he wouldn´t be "Nr 3" when his eldest son succeeds, but "Nr. 7" ranging after the King and Queen, their eldest son, then CP cHristian and the other royal children!
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If QM should die before Henrik, will he still be titled Prince Consort? Or will he be known by the title of Prince, since there is no longer a consort? As the father of the king, he will still hold a prominent position in Denmark, I would imagine.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:50 PM
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If QM should die before Henrik, will he still be titled Prince Consort? Or will he be known by the title of Prince, since there is no longer a consort? As the father of the king, he will still hold a prominent position in Denmark, I would imagine.
Maybe he will be know as The Prince Father (I don't think such a title has ever been used). I also hope he'll have a prominent role, helping the new King and Queen.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:05 PM
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If QM should die before Henrik, will he still be titled Prince Consort? Or will he be known by the title of Prince, since there is no longer a consort? As the father of the king, he will still hold a prominent position in Denmark, I would imagine.
I think he will keep his title of Prince Consort. Just like US presidents are still titled President, even after having left the office.
Doesn't matter that much in day to day life, since he is generally addressed and referred to among ordinary people as Prince Henrik.

Actually, should PH live long enough, he can constitutionally speaking come after Athena, since she is in the Line of Succession and can act as Rigsforstander when she turns eighteen.
He will even come after queen Mary, should king Frederik (or QMII for that matter) decide to appoint her Rigsforstander. (I guess one reason why Mary hasn't been appointed Rigsforstander by QMII is that PH would get a major fit on the spot, since he has never been appointed Rigsforstander). Queen Ingrid was on a few occasions but PH could hardly object too much against that, since Queen Ingrid was a Queen, a Majesty and the matriarch of the family.

- Usually the DRF pick the next down the Line of Succession as Rigsforstander, but it's not a must. The only one who by law is automatically in charge if the Monarch is out of the country is the crown prince/ss, everybody else are appointed.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:05 PM
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Maybe he will be know as The Prince Father (I don't think such a title has ever been used). I also hope he'll have a prominent role, helping the new King and Queen.

Henrik would demand being styled "His Majesty The King Father" and take precedence over the new King and Queen or move to France permanently.

I don't think his recent behaviour has caused any more damage in the eyes of the danish people. They know how he is, have never really liked him and he has never really liked them.

Seriously i hope Margrethe lives a long life and that it will end by age reason. Then Henrik will probably already have moved in to Roskilde Cathedral the day the next accession takes place and won't cause any problems for King Frederik X and Queen Mary.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:17 PM
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I don't think I can hope for someone's death. Also, I never really understood all the cristicism towards the Prince Consort.

He has his flaws and may don't fully understand his role, but he has served his wife and Denmark for
almost half a century now.

If he outlives his wife and stop with doing duties, it'll be in order to have well deserved retirement, not because he had a fit.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:23 PM
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I don't think I can hope for someone's death. Also, I never really understood all the cristicism towards the Prince Consort.

He has his flaws and may don't fully understand his role, but he has served his wife and Denmark for
almost half a century now.

If he outlives his wife and stop with doing duties, it'll be in order to have well deserved retirement, not because he had a fit.
you're giving him too much credit considering his past. He may have served Queen & Country well, but he still acts like a little child when he doesn't get his way.

It's annoying that even after all this time as Consort, he still doesn't get it. He acts as if being ~just~ the Prince Consort makes him less of a man. I do wish someone in the family would tell him to quit whining about it in public.

He just comes across as a childish little brat. It's not endearing.
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:01 PM
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I don't think I can hope for someone's death. Also, I never really understood all the cristicism towards the Prince Consort.

He has his flaws and may don't fully understand his role, but he has served his wife and Denmark for
almost half a century now.

If he outlives his wife and stop with doing duties, it'll be in order to have well deserved retirement, not because he had a fit.

I also don't wish someone to die. I just mentioned a likely possibility if Margrethe lives a long life as she is 6 years younger than him. And there is no secret that, that would cause less problems for the new King and Queen. Most people would be proud over seeing their child become the new monarch but i fear Henri De Laborde De Montpezat won't miss a chance to yell out his dismay and bitternes over being outranked by the younger generation.

He has serves his wife and his country for a long time but he has never been thankful over his situation and he do act like a little child or a very bitter old man (almost the same reactions haha) when things don't go his way. He has always given the impression of being a very bitter and stubborn person.
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:09 PM
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You are absolutely right, both of you. PH has "tunnel-vision" when it comes to his position in the family and in the society.
And I can't imagine he will ever change.

It was certainly a PR-blunder, which is probably why BT today wrote that PH had been shielded from the journalists today at a dog-show event by the DRF press office. - So no asking him questions.
Usually he chats with the reporters present. Wonder if "aunt-queen" (as QMII describes herself when she's in a feisty mood) has been talking in very short shrift once the press conference was over?
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:31 PM
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I think Prince Henrik's attitude betrays a rather immature aspect of his personality and a fundamental lack of understanding not just of history but of how rank and precedence works. He kept going on in the interview about being "under" his wife. Does he not get the fact that he can never equal her in terms of rank? She is the reigning monarch, daughter of a king. Henrik has absolutely no basis for claiming equality in rank with her. When QM reached over to tap him on his shoulder to make him stop ranting, I almost could not believe it. I found his behaviour quite undignified. How can he want to be king and yet betray such a lack of self-control?
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You are absolutely right, both of you. PH has "tunnel-vision" when it comes to his position in the family and in the society.
And I can't imagine he will ever change.

It was certainly a PR-blunder, which is probably why BT today wrote that PH had been shielded from the journalists today at a dog-show event by the DRF press office. - So no asking him questions.
Usually he chats with the reporters present. Wonder if "aunt-queen" (as QMII describes herself when she's in a feisty mood) has been talking in very short shrift once the press conference was over?
I would think 'aunt-queen' would be more angry with the press handlers; how did Prince Henrik get on his high horse anyway? There must have been a question from the Dutch press that got him started; this is where the Danish press officer should have stepped in INSTANTLY to avoid the embarrassing scene that ensued
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:17 AM
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I just watched the video mmm I think he might be in dog house with his beloved dogs if the Queens face is anything to go by.


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I think Prince Henrik's attitude betrays a rather immature aspect of his personality and a fundamental lack of understanding not just of history but of how rank and precedence works. He kept going on in the interview about being "under" his wife. Does he not get the fact that he can never equal her in terms of rank? She is the reigning monarch, daughter of a king. Henrik has absolutely no basis for claiming equality in rank with her. When QM reached over to tap him on his shoulder to make him stop ranting, I almost could not believe it. I found his behaviour quite undignified. How can he want to be king and yet betray such a lack of self-control?
I am just stunned that he doesn't get the "Consort" thing. After all these years he has been a Consort and he still doesn't get that it is the title that defines him whether he be Prince or King, and would thus be "under his wife" regardless.

Should we expect him to decamp to his Chateau in high dudgeon for a couple of months?
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:08 AM
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I am just stunned that he doesn't get the "Consort" thing. After all these years he has been a Consort and he still doesn't get that it is the title that defines him whether he be Prince or King, and would thus be "under his wife" regardless.

Should we expect him to decamp to his Chateau in high dudgeon for a couple of months?
I agree. Most people would get it even before getting married. He must have been warned that even though most men your generation is boss you won't be if you marry A QUEEN OF A COUNTRY. At least Prince Phillip knew what he was doing, uttering "Am I very brave or very foolish?" before the wedding. He knew he would live a very unconventional life for a man of that generation. Henrik STILL doesn't seem to get it. Sorry for my ignorance, but what was his "rank"/status in France?
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I would think 'aunt-queen' would be more angry with the press handlers; how did Prince Henrik get on his high horse anyway? There must have been a question from the Dutch press that got him started; this is where the Danish press officer should have stepped in INSTANTLY to avoid the embarrassing scene that ensued

He was asked something about being Prince Consort and not King and he was provoked. But seriously, it doesn't take a lot to make him feel provoked, degraded and humiliated.

A normal person would have given a short answer about that it is serving The Queen and Denmark that is important and not the title. The Duke of Edinburgh would probably have answered by joking.

I asked my danish friends if they thought he would flee to his Castle in France now and they said "unlikely but we can always hope" :-D
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I actually began to like him a little bit, but when he turned 80, I saw the interviews with him. And he was equally childish and controlling as before. He was a bad father and after what I have seen in documentaries, a bad grandfather too. I've seen and read so many documentaries / books about this family and nothing surprises me with this man.

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[...] Sorry for my ignorance, but what was his "rank"/status in France?
According Wikipedia: "The Labordes were a well-to-do family originating from the region of Béarn in southwestern France which took the name Laborde de Monpezat, following the marriage of Jean Laborde to Catherine d'Arricau, Dame de Monpezat on 16 August 1648. Letters patent of ennoblement were issued by King Louis XIV of France in 1655

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The family's requests to legally change their surname to De Laborde-Monpezat (on 14 July 1860) and then to De Laborde de Monpezat (on 19 May 1861) were granted by Emperor Napoleon III."

Henri de Laborde de Monpezat is simply a proud man, proud on his old French heritage. He seems to have hinted a couple of times to have the name connected to the House of Oldenburg-Glücksborg. On 30 April 2008, the title "Count (Countess) of Monpezat" (greve/komtesse af Monpezat), was conferred by Queen Margrethe II on both of her sons, and made hereditary for their descendants in the male-line for both males and females. So proud papa and grandpapa knows that his sons and grandchildren are all bearing his surname... In the arms of Prince Joachim, the De Laborde de Monpezat arms have been added as well (the red heartshield with the golden lion and the golden stars).



Let us just assume that Prince Henrik has a strong and conservative view on being a Pater Familias and is proud on his sons, his heritage and wants to see that acknowledged. Nothing wrong with that. The ranting against the "demotion" as Prince Consort is a bit overdone because he should not compare himself to Queens. He should compare himself to Albert von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, to Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, to Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld, to Philip of Denmark and Greece, to Claus von Amsberg, all spouses who did not share their royal wives' rank.

He could also have compared himself with Mr Pieter van Vollenhoven, with Mr Erling Sven Lorentzen, with Mr Johan Martin Ferner, with Mr Christopher O'Neill, with Captain Mark Phillips, etc. all married to a titled wife but none of them have acquired any title or are addressed by their wife's titles. So Henri is really poorly informed on these matters and can better keep his mouth shut.



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I would think 'aunt-queen' would be more angry with the press handlers; how did Prince Henrik get on his high horse anyway? There must have been a question from the Dutch press that got him started; this is where the Danish press officer should have stepped in INSTANTLY to avoid the embarrassing scene that ensued
They probably couldn't imagine he would come up with a rant like that. And could and should they step in? It wasn't the journalist who was out of line. And to censor the Prince Consort in front of the cameras? He would probably explode and head straight for the airport!
One of the reasons for his last fit, was that he felt the courtiers didn't show him enough respect.

Well, look on bright side. It may be somewhat embarrassing but at least it's entertaining... - from the outside. And no one can accuse PH for not being both colorful and human.

The Danish press has been fairly mild towards him this time. His latest rant has been shown on TV and reported in the papers but there is no public outcry like the last time he wanted to be king and hardly any politicians have bothered to comment. The general feeling here in DK seems to be a collective shaking of the head and a "grandpa is going on about you-know-what again".


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Yes he stems from minor nobility and it is not unknown that minor nobles can be very... aware... of their position...
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I can assure that the Dutch media given access to Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik at Fredensborg were very polite, servile and well-willing. They were wearing ties and all respectfully started with "Your Majesty" or "Your Royal Highness". There was no intention to tackle the Danish royal couple.
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Yes he stems from minor nobility and it is not unknown that minor nobles can be very... aware... of their position...
I suppose even that is up for debate. Thee family started using the title count but were never officially ennobled.
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