Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark had to cut his visit to the Olympics in South Korea short due to his father Prince Henrik’s ailing health. On Friday, February 9, the Danish royal palace released a statement, informing the public that Queen Margrethe II’s husband’s condition has "unfortunately greatly worsened.” The statement further added, "His Royal Highness the Crown Prince has thus discontinued his stay in South Korea, where he was in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. The Crown Prince is now on his way to Denmark."
According to local publication BT, Frederik's wife, Crown Princess Mary, visited her father-in-law early on Friday morning for half an hour, accompanied by her son Prince Christian, 12, and her daughter Princess Isabella, ten.
VIEW GALLERY Prince Henrik is married to Queen Margrethe of Denmark Photo: Luca Teuchmann/Luca Teuchmann / WireImage
Henrik's health update comes a week after the palace revealed that doctors had found a benign tumor in the royal's lung. The 83-year-old was a patient at Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet and was transferred from the lung surgery department to the infectious department for further treatment. Upon completion of his treatment, Henrik was expected to return to Fredensborg Palace, where his wife Queen Margrethe II is in residence.
Her Majesty’s husband has been in and out of hospital over the past year. Last September, it was revealed that Henrik suffers from dementia. A palace statement read: "It is with deep regret that Her Majesty the Queen has asked the Lord Chamberlain to announce: following a longer course of investigation, and most recently, a series of examinations conducted during late summer, a team of specialists at Rigshospitalet has now concluded that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik suffers from dementia.”
The statement continued, “"The diagnosis implies a decline in the prince's cognitive functional level. The extent of the cognitive failure is… greater than expected considering the age of the prince, and can be accompanied by changes in behavior, reaction patterns, judgement and emotional life and may therefore also affect the interaction with the outside world."
VIEW GALLERY The Queen and Henrik shares two sons together and have eight grandchildren Photo: Royal Family ©
The Queen's husband retired from royal duties in 2016 while renouncing his title of Prince Consort. He shares two sons with his wife Margrethe, whom he wed in 1967 — Crown Prince Frederik, the future King, and Prince Joachim. He also has eight grandchildren.
Last year Henrik opened up about not wanting to be buried next to his wife in Denmark’s Roskilde Cathedral. “My wife has decided that she would like to be Queen, and I’m very pleased with that,” he said in an interview with Danish magazine Se og Hør. “But as a person, she must know that if a man and a woman are married, then they are equal.” “It’s my wife and not me that can do anything about this matter. If she wants me buried with her, she has to make me King Consort,” Henrik added. “End of story – I couldn’t care less.”