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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