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Old 12-31-2015, 12:17 PM
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Prince Henrik Retiring from Official Duties as of January 1, 2016

A visibly moved Queen Margarete has just revealed in her New Years speech that her husband the Prince Consort is to retire from the public eye.


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Old 12-31-2015, 12:21 PM
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A visibly moved Queen Margarete has just revealed in her New Years speech that her husband the Prince Consort is to retire from the public eye.


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Is the Prince ill? I'm so sorry for them.
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Old 12-31-2015, 12:22 PM
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Yes, he is retiring and the reasons why are now being debated, not least since he has unfortunate episodes this year.
It has certainly surprised people!

I wonder if we will see him tomorrow.
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Old 12-31-2015, 12:22 PM
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Is the Prince ill? I'm so sorry for them.

No official reason given but his age has something to do with it


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The Queen thanked her husband for his support during the years but says that she will continue on with her work and duties.


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Old 12-31-2015, 12:37 PM
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Very sad for Her Majesty, but it's 'probably for the best'....
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:11 PM
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I hope it's just for him to have more resting time, as he'll be 82 this years, not that he's ill.

Seeing Queen Margrethe without Prince Henrik will be a preparation to see Queen Elizabeth II without Prince Philip, whe the time comes.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:22 PM
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I wonder if we will see him tomorrow.

I was just thinking that,maybe he will attend?
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:32 PM
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I hope the prince is not ill
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Old 12-31-2015, 03:02 PM
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Very briefly:

Yes, he is retiring and the reasons why are now being debated, not least since he has unfortunate episodes this year.
It has certainly surprised people!

I wonder if we will see him tomorrow.
Retired as of january 1st..I don't think he will show up.And maybe that isn't a bad idea either.He behaved like a has been can can diva more than a Royal consort anyway with his constant wanting more then there can ever be.So no,nothing missed except letting his spouse,and family,down in the very ostentacious way & drama that became his habit over the past 40 or so years.Awfull,what else can HM say then what she did?Nothing.He has rediculed everything and everybody that made him a Prince and defended him over the years.No,go Henri,go,go away and sulk away in douce France,horribly selfish man!!!The umptiest proof of totally misunderstanding what his position to Queen and Country is about,except ofcourse the megalomaniac ideas of a parvenu turned Prince Consort..from a family with a fake aristocratic title to the nauseating husband,father and risée of the country.I admire QMII for putting up with him,poor woman.
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Old 12-31-2015, 03:09 PM
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I have access to Danish channels here in Norway, so I saw it live, and I was completely shocked when she said it at the end of her speech. There is now much debate in the Danish media.

This is what she said in her speech.
Tonight, however, I would like to extend my best thanks to the Prince Consort. My husband has made the decision that the time has now come for him to “slow down” – or, if I may use a common Danish term – to retire. Going forward, the Prince Consort will therefore only to a very limited extent partake in the official events, which for so many years have been a natural part of his life. It is his decision, which I understand and respect. I am deeply grateful for all the support, help and inspiration he has given me over the years. I look forward to continuing to carry out my duties with the support of my husband, though it will be less visible.

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I didn't find (yet) a english version of the press release on the Danish monarchy website, so this is translated by me.

As announced in Her Majesty the Queen's speech has His Royal Highness the Prince Consort decided to retire with effect from 1 January 2016 after more than 40 years of activity for Denmark and Danish interests.

His Royal Highness will "slow down". This means that the Prince Consort will not participate in a series of official events and meetings, including New Year nytårskure, the opening of Parliament, Ambassador receptions and state visits abroad.

By contrast, the Prince Consort continue to participate in other events of an official nature, including nytårstaflet and various events taking place where the royal couple have residence.

His Royal Highness keep most of his patronages and honorary positions, and he will continue to participate in a variety of events, including art and culture.

The decision is not expected to have implications for the royal family's overall activity. The relevant tasks will be solved by Her Majesty the Queen or other members of the royal family. Therefore, there will not be changes in the total state grant to the Royal Family.

The vast majority of the Prince Consort's share of state benefit goes to the royal family's fixed costs, including operation of buildings, staff and administration. This will also be the case in the future.

The Prince Consort is looking forward to getting more time to art, literature and music - areas which are close to his heart.

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Michael Ehrenreich
Lord Chamberlain

Statement from Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on the occasion of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort withdrawal
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"Her Majesty the Queen has in his New Year speech announced that His Royal Highness the Prince Consort has decided to retire.

I will on behalf of the government to thank the Prince Consort of a noble effort for our country.

Prince Consort has performed the duties of the prince consort and ambassador of Denmark with great knowledge and skill. And with a commitment that has led to respect both in Denmark and internationally.

Through more than 48 years, the Prince Consort represented Denmark - and at the same time remained true to himself. This shows a great personal strength.

Now there will be more time to cultivate the rich talents and interests as a poet, musician, artist - and to be the grandfather of eight grandchildren not to mention. And though it will be less visible to us, I have no doubt the Prince Consort will continue to be an invaluable support and advisor to the Queen.

I will on behalf of the entire Denmark wish the Prince Consort luck in this new chapter in life.

I will conclude by noting that the government will not do any changes in the total state grant to the Royal Family, as the Prince Consort's decision is not expected to have implications for the royal family's overall activity. "
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I wonder if he'd be doing this if he was a King Consort...
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Old 12-31-2015, 03:33 PM
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I know that this have been mentioned in the Queen Margrethe II & Prince Henrik, Current Events thread, but I think this is the right thread.

I have access to Danish channels here in Norway, so I saw it live, and I was completely shocked when she said it at the end of her speech. There is now much debate in the Danish media.

This is what she said in her speech.
Tonight, however, I would like to extend my best thanks to the Prince Consort. My husband has made the decision that the time has now come for him to “slow down” – or, if I may use a common Danish term – to retire. Going forward, the Prince Consort will therefore only to a very limited extent partake in the official events, which for so many years have been a natural part of his life. It is his decision, which I understand and respect. I am deeply grateful for all the support, help and inspiration he has given me over the years. I look forward to continuing to carry out my duties with the support of my husband, though it will be less visible.
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It is really strange that the Prince Consort's retirement includes no longer going on state visits or attending the state opening of Parliament for example. Might the Prince be suffering from a serious health condition that is being kept hidden from the public ? I sincerely hope that is not the case.
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Old 12-31-2015, 03:43 PM
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It could very well be Doctors orders for him to slow down. He has been using a walking stick/aid for awhile now. But we will still get to see photos of him on occasion I am sure.
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I knew something was going to happen that's why Fred and Mary got to have this long trip to Australia they will be extra busy now taking on his duties and supporting the Queen whose health isn't good


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Old 12-31-2015, 04:11 PM
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I knew something was going to happen that's why Fred and Mary got to have this long trip to Australia they will be extra busy now taking on his duties and supporting the Queen whose health isn't good
This. I think most people realised that their long holiday in Australia was because they will have more on their plate back home.

I have a feeling that there is more to this retirement.....
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Old 12-31-2015, 04:17 PM
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The first thing that comes to mind is health problems. He seems to have trouble getting around, and that affects almost every part of one's life. I also feel sorry for QM. When you have to attend events alone that were always attended as a couple, that's hard. You feel like half of you is missing. Now I wonder when she will 'slow down' but that seems to be happening already. Expect to see more of the Crown Prince Couple, and also Joachim and Marie. This may be one reason they moved to Copenhagen - to be able to take on more duties.
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The first thing that came to my mind was that he's mad he won't be King Consort.

He'll attend the New Years Banquet, but not the courts. He'll do stuff with his patronages, but no state events? It just screams I Didn't Get What I Want So Screw You.

Perhaps in time we'll find it has something to do with his health, but I wouldn't bet that's the #1 reason.
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Does Prince Henrik is ill?
In any case the crown princes vain have more work from now on.
How is the health of the Queen?
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That was surprising news. I agree with those who have said his age is a likely reason - but he seems fairly healthy though.

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Does Prince Henrik is ill?
In any case the crown princes vain have more work from now on.
How is the health of the Queen?
There hasn't been an official confirmation yet as to Henrik's reason for retiring.
I have read that Margrethe suffers from arthritis but I am unaware of other health problems.
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