As the crowds were outside braving the chilly weather, the Danish Royal family were inside Christiansborg Palace Chapel on Tuesday morning for the funeral of Prince Henrik, the late husband of Queen Margrethe.
The small service abided by the wishes of the late Prince and was not elaborate nor a state funeral. Attending today were 60 close family members, including Henrik’s sister Catherine and brother Etienne as well as The Queen’s sisters and Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
Erik Norman Svendsen, the Royal Chaplain, delivered the service, “The prince was very much his own man and laid his hat where he pleased. Colourful, fearless and French. That often resonated with the press, there was a period in which the prince felt directly bullied,” Svendsen said.
The service saw ten red-clad Royal Life Guards carry the casket to the hearse waiting outside with a Guard of Honour playing ‘Prince Henrik’s March of Honour.’
Nearby at Christian the Sixth’s Battery at Holmen naval base an honorary salute was fired for the Danish Prince.
As per his wishes, Prince Henrik will be cremated. Part of his ashes will be spread in the Danish sea, and the rest of his remains will be placed in the gardens at the Fredensborg Palace, the Royal couples summer residence.
The Royal Court has declared a month of mourning, ending on 14 March.
During this time, the Royal Family will not take part in any social events or entertaining. The court will wear dark clothing and palace guards will wear black armbands.