Prince Henrik To Retire From Official Duties

  December 31, 2015 at 8:28 pm by

In her annual New Year’s speech, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark tonight announced that her husband, Prince Henrik, will be retiring from official duties relating to the Danish state.

“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,” the Queen said during the televised broadcast, “Going forward, the Prince Consort will therefore only to a very limited extent partake in official events, which for so many years have been a natural part of his life.”

Click on the link to watch the Queen's New Year's speech

Click on the link to watch the Queen’s New Year’s speech

An official statement from the Royal Court confirmed what activities Prince Henrik will and won’t be taking part in as of January 1, 2016. The 81-year-old will continue to attend the New Year’s Banquet and events relating to his patronages, particularly in the art and culture areas. He will not be attending the other events of the New Year’s Courts, the Opening of Parliament or overseas state visits.

The Queen thanked her husband for his 40-plus years of work for Denmark, saying she was “deeply grateful for all the support, help and inspiration” Prince Henrik has given her during the course of their marriage.

Queen Margarethe and Prince Henrik during their State Visit to Indonesia, October 2015

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7 Responses to Prince Henrik To Retire From Official Duties

  1. Ladyhawke says:

    Prince Henrik has been a wonderful support for Queen Margrethe whilst in the public eye and I’m certain he will continue to do so from behind the scenes. Best wishes to him in his “retirement”.

  2. MaggieMay says:

    I would think it would not have been easy for Prince Henrik to play second fiddle to the Queen.As an Australian I will be keenly watching to see if Our Mary will soon be Queen.Not Taking anything away from Queen Margrethe who has done an outstanding job.All the best to Prince Henrik in his retirement.

  3. Vivat Queen Margarethe II!

  4. Natalya says:

    Happy retirement to the Prince Henrik ! Long Live the Queen Margarethe the Second ! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

  5. Diana Lucia Zotescu says:

    @ MaggyMay: I don,t think there has ever been any problem for Prince Henrik (or for any other Prince Consort for that matter -wherever the situation applies-) to cope with the “second fiddle” position. It goes with the rule of the job from the very start so it is not that He did not know what it entailed and what He was supposed to do from day one.

    I wish His Royal Highness a happy and comfortable retirement, a long, healthy and happy life.

  6. Ladyhawke says:

    In my previous comment, I forgot to mention how wonderful Queen Margrethe looked. She was absolutely glowing!

  7. MaggieMay says:

    Hello Diana Lucia Zotescu,thank you for the message.I am only referring to what the prince consort has said himself.During an interview recently he said it felt most unfair that he was not king or at least king consort.This interview can be found on the internet.

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