Princess Mary and kids visit floral tributes to Prince Henrik

Sarah Carty

Princess Mary, her kids and the rest of the devastated Danish royal family have visited a floral makeshift memorial for Prince Henrik in Denmark.

Thousands of people gathered at Palace Square in Amalienborg to lay wreaths and flowers for the 83-year-old and pay their respects.

Tasmanian-born Princess Mary, her husband Prince Frederik and their four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, looked emotional as they walked along the long line of tributes, stopping on occasion to read sympathy cards.

Princess Mary and Prince Christian look over floral tributes to Prince Henrik. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Frederik was also in attendance. Photo: Getty Images
The Danish royal family are devastated by the Prince's passing. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Henrik passed away on Wednesday at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

"His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died Tuesday, February 13 at 23:18 peacefully in his sleep at Fredensborg Palace", the palace said in a statement.

The 83-year-old prince was surrounded by his wife Queen Margrethe and the couple’s two beloved sons, Prince Frederick and Prince Joachim.

His coffin will be kept at Amalienborg Palace for two days after which he will be transferred to Christiansborg Palace chapel for a funeral next week.

Thousands of people gathered in the Palace Square to pay their respects to Prince Henrik. Photo: Getty Images
His coffin will be kept at Amalienborg Palace for two days after which it will be transferred to Christiansborg Palace chapel for a funeral next week. Photo: Getty Images
His white coffin was pictured leaving Fredensborg Palace. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Henrik lived a very colourful life, known for speaking his mind and never quite got over his title remaining as a prince instead of being changed to king.

He made headlines last year when he claimed in an interview that he didn’t want to be buried alongside his wife because she never made him King Consort.

The BBC reported at the time that Queen Margrethe ‘accepted her husband’s decision’.

It's now reported that Prince Henrik will be cremated and half of his ashes will be scattered over the seas while the other half will be placed at Fredensborg Palace.

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