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Photo by Henrik Bach Nielsen. (CC BY 2.0)

Yesterday was the annual New Year’s Eve speech by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and at the end, she announced that her husband, The Prince Consort of Denmark, will be retiring beginning January 1, though Prince Henrik did attend today’s New Year’s Day levee (a banquet given for royal and government officials). It is said that Prince Henrik will continue to support his patronages, but will be giving up state events and the public side of being royal.

No reason was given apart from 81-year-old Henrik’s desire to “slow down,” and I’m not familiar enough with him to try and make comments about his apparent health or whether he has medical issues. There have been some people wondering whether this is in relation to remarks Henrik made last year about wishing to be called “king consort” because he is married to a Queen. However, we may never know for sure.

It is a little unusual for a senior royal (much less spouse to a sovereign) to step back from royal duties without giving a reason, but regardless, I wish Prince Henrik a happy retirement and many happy moments with his family.

I also wish you, my lovely readers, a very happy 2016! It’s too soon to tell, but if this is any indication, we might be in for a year of surprises!

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