Prince Henrik of Denmark (born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat 11 June 1934), is the husband of Queen Margrethe II.
Henrik married Margrethe at the Church of Holmen on 10 June 1967 and became her consort when she succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, as monarch of Denmark on 14 January 1972. The couple have two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969).
In her New Year’s speech to the Danish people on 31 December 2015 Queen Margrethe announced that Prince Henrik would ‘wind down’ and give up most of his official duties with immediate effect from 1 January 2016. On 14 April 2016 Prince Henrik renounced the title of Prince Consort, which he had been given in 2005.
Henrik was born in Talence, Gironde, France. He is the son of André de Laborde de Monpezat (Mont-de-Marsan, 6 May 1907 – Le Cayrou, 23 February 1998) and his wife, Renée Doursenot (Périgueux, 26 October 1908 – Le Cayrou, 11 February 2001) (married religiously in Cahors, 6 January 1934 and civilly in Cahors, 22 January 1948), who was previously married firstly civilly in Paris on 29 September 1928 and divorced at the Tribunal Civil Français de Saigon on 21 September 1940 Louis Leuret (Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, 18 March 1881 – Saigon, South Vietnam, 29 December 1962). He was raised Catholic.
He spent his first five years in Hanoi (Vietnam), where his father looked after family business interests. He returned to Hanoi in 1950, graduating from the French secondary school there in 1952. Between 1952 and 1957 he simultaneously studied law and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris, and Chinese and Vietnamese at the École Nationale des Langues Orientales (now known as INALCO). He also studied in Hong Kong in 1957 and Saigon in 1958.
After military service with the French Army in the Algerian War between 1959 and 1962, he joined the French Foreign Affairs ministry in 1962, working as a Secretary at the embassy in London from 1963 to 1967.
On 10 June 1967 he married Princess Margrethe, the heir presumptive to the Danish throne, at the Naval Church of Copenhagen. At the time of the wedding his name was Danicised to Henrik and he was created HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. Before the wedding, the Prince converted to Lutheranism.
The Queen and Prince Henrik have two children and eight grandchildren:
Crown Prince Frederik, born on 26 May 1968 at Rigshospitalet, with Crown Princess Mary:
Prince Christian, born on 15 October 2005 at Rigshospitalet
Princess Isabella, born on 21 April 2007 at Rigshospitalet
Prince Vincent, born on 8 January 2011 at Rigshospitalet
Princess Josephine, born on 8 January 2011 at Rigshospitalet
Prince Joachim, born on 7 June 1969 at Rigshospitalet, with Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg:
Prince Nikolai, born on 28 August 1999 at Rigshospitalet
Prince Felix, born on 22 July 2002 at Rigshospitalet
Prince Joachim, with Princess Marie:
Prince Henrik, born on 4 May 2009 at Rigshospitalet
Princess Athena, born on 24 January 2012 at Rigshospitalet
Prince Henrik’s native language is French, and his second language is Danish. He also speaks fluent English, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Although he quickly learned Danish after marrying Margrethe, Danes still joke about his grasp of Danish and his thick French accent.