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GALLERY: Emotional scenes from Prince Henrik's funeral

The Danish royals attended Prince Henrik's funeral on Tuesday

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
20 February 2018
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Prince Henrik's coffin at the Christiansborg Palace Church at Slotsholmen. The former Bishop of the Copenhagen Cathedral and royal confessor Erik Normann Svendsen conducted the service for the husband of Queen Margrethe II.

Henrik had requested a private funeral, and previously revealed that he did not want to be buried next to his wife, telling the Danish magazine Se og Hør: "My wife has decided that she would like to be Queen, and I'm very pleased with that. 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. End of story - I couldn't care less."

The prince passed away aged 83 at the palace on 13 February after suffering from a pulmonary infection. 

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Queen Margrethe II wore a black veil as she arrived at the Christiansborg Palace Church at Slotsholmen for her husband's funeral. The pair tied the knot in June 1967, and were married for over 50 years before his death on 13 February. They shared two children, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren.

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Crown Princess Mary held onto her children's hands for support as the family made their way into the church. Mary is the wife of the Crown Prince Frederik, and the couple share four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, all of whom were in attendance for their grandfather's funeral.

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Princess Marie held hands with her husband, Prince Joachim, as the pair entered the church with their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, and Joachim's two children from a previous marriage, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. Prior to his grandfather's funeral, Prince Nikolai, 18, walked the Burberry AW18 fashion show at London Fashion Week. 

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Prince Henrik's eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, looked emotional during his father's funeral. The 49-year-old heir apparent sat with his wife, Crown Princess Mary, who was spotted dabbing her eyes with a tissue during the service. The prince had flown back from his visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics to be at his father's side before his death.

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Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik looked downcast during the solemn service, which took place a week after Prince Henrik's death on 13 February. At the time, the Danish royal court released a statement which read: "His Royal Highness Prince Henrik quietly passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, February 13, at 23.18 at Fredensborg Palace. The prince was surrounded by her Majesty Queen and the two sons."

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Princess Marie became understandably emotional during the service, and was spotted wiping tears from her eyes with a tissue during the ceremony. The funeral only included friends and family due to Prince Henrik's wish not to have a state funeral, and was not attended by any foreign members of state.

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Dressed in a smart black jacket and hat, Princess Marie - the wife of Henrik's son, Prince Joachim - was in tears during the service as she sat with her husband. She and Prince Joachim, who wed in 2008, share two children; Prince Henrik, who was named after his granddad, and Princess Athena.

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Dozens of brightly coloured wreaths, left in tribute to Prince Henrik, were spotted inside Christiansborg Palace Church at Slotsholmen during the service. Prince Henrik's coffin, draped in a flag, was placed in the centre of the room, surrounded on either side by members of the modest-sized congregation during the service.

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Queen Margrethe II led the congregation as her late husband's coffin left the church. Dressed in a black veil, dress and coat, the subdued queen looked down as the royals gathered on the steps of the church to watch the procession. The family will respect Prince Henrik's wish not to be buried next to his wife; instead the prince will be cremated, with half his ashes spread in the Danish waters, and the other half interred in the private gardens at Fredensborg castle.

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The Danish royal family on the steps of the church, looking somberly on as the car carrying Prince Henrik departs following the service. The Volvo used to carry the coffin is the same one previously used to carry fallen heroes from Afghanistan, in keeping with Prince Henrik's wishes.

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