Thursday, 18 May 2000

HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark - Bio

Full Name: Henri Marie Jean André
(When he married then Princess Margrethe, he changed the spelling of his name to Henrik which is more Danish.)

Birth: 11 June 1934 in Talence, France. Henrik spent his first 5 years living in Vietnam where his father was working.

Country: Denmark & France

Monarchs during life: 
  • Denmark
    • Christian X (1912 -1947) 
      • (Henrik had not met Margrethe till after Christian X's passing)
    • Frederick IX (1947-1972)
    • Queen Margrethe II (1972 -Present)
Relationship to current monarch: Husband

Place in line of succession:
  • At Birth: Not in Line of Succession
  • Current: Not in Line of Succession
Religion: Church of Denmark (Raised Catholic)
  • Christening: ?
    • God Parents:?
  • God Children:
    • Fleur Just
  • Parents:  Count André de Laborde de Monpezat (d. 1998) & Countess Renée de Monpezat, née Doursennot (d. 2002)
  • Marriage: Married than Princess Margrethe on 10 June 1967 at the Naval Church of Copenhagen (Holmens Kirke). The reception was held at Fredensborg Palace.
    • Children:
      • Crown Prince Frederik (1968)
      • Prince Joachim (1969)
  •  University of Paris/Sorbonne (France)
    • Studying law and political science
  • National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (France)
    • Studying Chinese and Vietnamese

Job: Retired from full-time royal duties in December 2015.

Author Henrik has published a number of books his poetry as well as cookbooks. Selected works:
  • "Cantabile" (2000)
    • Trans: "Singable" or "Songlike"
    • Poetry
  • "Absolutely Magnifique – French Chefs at the Danish Court" (2003)
    • Cookbook
  • "Fabula" (2004)
    • Trans: "Fable" or "Folk Story"
    • Poetry
  • "Til glæde for ganen - nye opskrifter til et kongeligt køkken" (2005)
    • Trans: "For the delight of the palate - new recipes for a royal cuisine"
    • Cookbook
  • "La part des anges" (2013)
    • Trans: "The Angels' Share"
    • Poetry
  • Served with the French Army in the Algerian War
  • Worked for Asia Department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Secretary to the French Embassy in London

  • Christian IX'S Palace at Amalienborg in Copenhagen
    • Winter Residence
  • Fredensborg Palace
    • Spring & Autumn Residence
  • Gråsten Palace
    • Summer Residence
  • Marselisborg Palace
    • Summer Residence
Causes: Art, Literature, Music, Heart Disease, Animals, etc.

Video of Henrik speaking: (Danish, English and French)


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