Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe, has died at the age of 83, Denmark's palace has said. No further details were given.
"The Prince was surrounded by Her Majesty The Queen and their two sons", the statement continued.
Crown Prince Frederik had rushed from the Winter Olympics in South Korea to be with his father, whose condition has "seriously worsened", the Danish Royal House said in a statement on Friday.
"For the Prince, the decision not to be buried beside the Queen is the natural outcome of not having been treated equally to his spouse - by not having the title and role he has desired", the spokesperson told the wire service.
The palace have installed a memorial to the royal across social media and on the official website.
The complex of 28 buildings and annexes was inaugurated in 1722 by King Frederik IV and additional construction was made under the three following monarchs. But, the queen had previously commissioned a sarcophagus or stone coffin, for the duo, at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark. And many Danes disliked him for that, seeing it as a sign of an arrogant man hungry for recognition.
Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat was born on June 11th, 1934 near Bordeaux.
In 2016, despite remaining married and officially still living with his wife, he renounced the title of prince consort and spent his days at a chateau on a vineyard in southwestern France.
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He went on to become a diplomat and met Margrethe - who was then crown princess - while he was stationed in London.
"For many years I have been Denmark's number two", he said then.
In a 2002 interview, the prince again stunned the people of Denmark, saying he felt he had been sidelined by his wife and his son.
It wasn't until 1997 that he stood in for his wife at a public engagement for the first time, during a visit to Greenland.
We have gathered a few of our favourite photos looking back on Prince Henrik's life.
On marrying Margrethe in 1967, he converted to become a Lutheran and changed his name to the more Danish Henrik.
In 2013, he collaborated with Danish pop group Michael Learns To Rock, playing the piano on a track recorded for the king of Thailand.
The tabloids were outraged, but to his fans, it was just the kind of erratic behaviour they had come to love him for.