Henri de Monpezat

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BornHenri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat
11 June 1934
Talence, Gironde, France
Died13 February 2018 (Age 83)
NationalityFrench, Danish
Alma materINALCO, Sorbonne
ReligionChurch of Denmark
SpouseMargrethe II of Denmark
Prince Consort of Denmark. Attended Bilderberg/1969.

Prince Henrik of Denmark ((born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat) was the husband of Margrethe II of Denmark. He was her royal consort from Margrethe's accession on 14 January 1972 until his death.

Henrik was born in the French commune of Talence near Bordeaux to an old French family, the Laborde de Monpezats. He spent his early years in Tonkin in French Indochina (now part of Vietnam), where his family had lived for many years. The family spent the Second World War at the family home in Cahors, France. They returned to French Indochina after the war. However, they were forced to flee following the defeat of the French in the First Indochina War. After completing his education in France and Vietnam, Henrik served in the French Army during the Algerian War. Prior to his marriage to Margrethe, he worked in the diplomatic service. He married Margrethe at the Holmen Church on 10 June 1967 and became her prince consort when she succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, as monarch of Denmark on 14 January 1972.[1]

He had two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969), and eight grandchildren. Throughout his time as prince consort, Henrik voiced his displeasure with never being granted the title of king.[2] A keen winemaker, Henrik produced his own wine at his estate in France. He also published many works of poetry. He was the first male consort to a Danish monarch. Henrik retired from his royal duties on 1 January 2016, at the age of 81.


Henrik was not a man who only wanted to be his wife's husband. In 1969 he started working for the Danish Red Cross and the International Red Cross. Later he started working as an ambassador for the Danish business community and became a patron of the World Wide Fund for Nature and Europa Nostra, which works to secure the building cultural heritage in Denmark. Thus he continued the tradition that royal spouses take on important societal tasks and give them the recognition and prestige that comes with the royal title.[3]

He attended the 1969 Bilderberg meeting.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19699 May 196911 May 1969Denmark
Hotel Marienlyst
The 18th Bilderberg meeting, with 85 participants
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