Prince Henrik of Denmark to retire from official duties

Henrik with Queen Margrethe, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush in 2005.

In her annual New Year's speech, Queen Margrethe of Denmark dropped hints that Prince Henrik, the prince consort, will retire.

The 81-year-old prince consort will "only to a very limited extent partake in the official events, which for so many years have been a natural part of his life," the Queen said.

"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," the 75-year-old monarch said.

Henrik, born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat in 1934, was a French diplomat before joining the Danish Royal Family after his marriage to then Princess Margrethe in 1967. They have two sons: Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

For her part, Margrethe, who plays a rather ceremonial role in the Danish government, said she will continue "to carry out my duties with the support of my husband, though it will be less visible." Source: BT.com.

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