Summary of article in Billed Bladet #12, 2017.
Written by Ulrik Ulriksen & Henrik Salling.
Tuesday morning in the yard of Schloss Berleburg at 09.00.
The employees and representatives of local shooting associations were standing in the yard, when the front door went up and the family stepped. The flag over the schloss was flying at half mast and a large drum kept a slow beat. And now the coffin was carried out from the chapel across the yard to the hearse that was waiting to take it to the local church, followed by the family.
Benedikte walked with her grandson, Count Richard, by her side. - And he remained by her side most of that day.
Alexandra stood with her daughter and comforted her, while struggling with her own tears.
Right behind the coffin walked Prince Gustav, carrying his father's orders.
Carina Axelsson gave up fighting her tears.
Present that forenoons was also Queen Anne-Marie who at some point held her sister, Benedikte's hand, when the hearse had left.
The funeral, or rather the funeral ceremony, took place Wednesday at 14.00.
QMII and PH arrived an hour before the ceremony and made a brief stop at Schloss Berleburg before going to the church, Evangelishe Stadtkirche.
Just before that the entire Greek RF arrived as well. That is King Konstantin and Queen Anne-Marie as well as their five children.
Present were some 400 invited guests, who listened to the sermon by the priest, Claudia Latzel Binder. The ceremony lasted a little more than an hour.
That included the music from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Spring. Nature and Spring was the theme for the decoration of the church.
- Princess Benedikte, originally wished for the service to be public, but that had to be changed for security reasons.
When the service ended Benedikte again left the church with her grandson, Count Richard by her side.
Outside the church Mary went up to King Konstantin and Queen Anne-Marie, who were in tears. She curtsied to the King, who kissed in return kissed her hand and cheek.
Some of the 400 guests then went to a reception at Schloss Berleburg. The royals being driven while the other guests strolled for the five minutes it took to walk the distance.
A number of DRF Danish friends are also personal close friends of the Berleburgs and many of them attended.
Denmark was actually without a head of state for several hours, because no Rigsforstander had been appointed. That is not needed if the Monarch returns from abroad on the same day.
Later that day Prince Richard was cremated and later his urn will be interred at the family-grave-site at the forest cemetery Sengelsberg at Bad Berleburg on the estate of Schloss Berleburg.
That will take place at a not yet disclosed date and attended only by the nearest family members.
Here Prince Richard's mother, Fürstin Margareta has also been laid to rest.
You can find the report here: BB #12, 2017