Gravely ill royal's 'last days' at home with Mary and family

Sarah Carty

The Danish Queen’s husband, Prince Henrik, has left hospital and returned to Fredensborg Castle, where he wishes to spend his final days.

Princess Mary, her husband Prince Frederik and their four children, were photographed arriving at the hospital on Tuesday, where they accompanied the prince back to Fredensborg Castle.

The Danish Palace released a statement, confirming the Prince’s condition remains very ‘serious’.

The Danish Queen’s husband, Prince Henrik, has left hospital and returned to Fredensborg Castle, where he wishes to spend his final days. Photo: Getty Images
Princess Mary, Prince Frederik and their kids were pictured arriving at the hospital to bring him home. Photo: Getty Images

"His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has today been transferred from Rigshospitalet to Fredensborg Castle, where the prince wishes to stay in his last days,” the statement read.

“The condition of the prince remains serious."

In another statement to the media, the palace’s Head of Communications, Lene Balleby, said it was important to the prince that he be at the palace.

"Here the prince can be surrounded by the family and stay in an environment that matters to him,” he said.

The 83-year-old has been in-and-out of hospital for the past few years, however last month he was diagnosed with pneumonia on a trip to Egypt.

The royal family escorted him back to the palace. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Henrik is the 83-year-old father-in-law of Princess Mary. Photo: Getty Images
The whole family are pictured here together in happier times. Photo: Getty Images

Then it was revealed last week that the Prince Henrik, who is Prince Frederik's father, was diagnosed with a benign tumour.

A statement released by the Danish royal family last year also revealed that Henrik is suffering from dementia.

“Following a longer diagnostic process and lately a series of examinations during late summer, a specialist team ... has now concluded that his Royal Highness Prince Henrik suffers from dementia,” it said.

“The extent of the cognitive failure is ... greater than expected considering the age of The Prince.”

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