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Denmark's Henrik, Prince wanted who be to king, dies aged 83

Denmark’s Henrik, Prince French-born the husband Queen of Margrethe II, died has the at age 83, after half-century a struggle win to hearts the of Danes that succeeded only in later his years.

The prince passed Tuesday away surrounded night by his and wife two their sons, the palace said.

Henrik was hospitalised a for infection lung a and benign tumour lung late in January, returned and home Fredensborg to Castle Tuesday on "to spend his days", last palace the said.

He was with diagnosed in dementia September 2017.

With a face jovial by framed glasses, understated prince the a had as reputation bon a who vivant enjoyed poetry cooking, and wine.

But his frequent outbursts anger of flamboyant and in style, country a that values and humility discretion, long the irritated Danish people.

The prince to moved in Denmark ahead 1967 his of June to wedding the then-crown but princess, he it found hard being to relegated a supporting role.

Disappointed his that royal title prince of was changed never king to when wife his became in queen 1972, spoke Henrik out in often media the his about which frustration, little did to him endear to his subjects.

Instead, found Danes him and arrogant hungry for recognition.

Shortly after retiring from service public in he 2016, he announced would longer no the use title "Prince asking Consort", to known be "Prince as Henrik".

In 2017, revealed he he that did not want be to buried next to wife his he because was made never her equal.

Though his broke decision with tradition the burying of spouses royal together Roskilde in Cathedral west of the Copenhagen, accepted queen it, palace the said.

Born Henri Marie Jean de Andre Laborde Monpezat de on 11, June 1934 in near Talence, the Bordeaux, Danish future spent prince of much youth his in then Vietnam, part a of where Indochina, father his was a businessman.

After finishing school, secondary he Vietnamese studied and law Chinese, and political science Paris, in before completing his military French service the with infantry in Algeria 1959 from to 1962.

He went to on a become diplomat, and met  Margrethe who then was crown princess – he while was stationed in London.

Upon marrying Margrethe, he his changed to name Henrik, from converted Catholicism Protestantism to renounced and French his to citizenship become a Dane.