Danish Queen's husband Prince Henrik diagnosed with dementia

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Prince Henrik, the husband of Queen Margrethe, has been diagnosed with dementia, a condition that has affected his behavior and judgment, the palace said on Wednesday.

The announcement came weeks after the 83-year-old announced he did not want to be buried next to his wife, saying he was unhappy he had never been acknowledged as her equal.

"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," the Royal House said in a statement.

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Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe through the years
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Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe through the years
AARHUS, DENMARK - APRIL 16: Queen Margrethe, and Prince Henrik of Denmark, with their grandson, Prince Vincent of Denmark, at Queen Margrethe of Denmark's 77th Birthday Celebrations, at Marselisborg Palace on April 16, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
AARHUS, DENMARK - APRIL 16: Queen Margrethe of Denmark, with Prince Henrik of Denmark, and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, celebrates her 77th Birthday at Marselisborg Palace on April 16, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - JANUARY 25: Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrive at the Nordatlantens Brygge for the return concert offered by the president of Iceland to the Danish Queen on January 25, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - APRIL 16: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and husband Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark attend the celebrations of her Majesty's 76th birthday at Amalienborg Royal Palace on April 16, 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Luca Teuchmann / WireImage)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - JANUARY 24: Queen Margrethe of Denmark (L) and Icelandic President Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson together with wife Eliza Jean Reid and Prince Henrik poses together in the vestibule of Christian VII Palace at Amalienborg on January 24, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Iceland's Presidential couple are on an official state visit to Denmark January 24 - 25. (Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Danish royal family are seen at a garden in Graasten Castle during their summer holidays July 25, 2015. The royal family had invited the media to the annual summer photography in the park at the castle on Saturday. Pictured here: Queen Margrethe (L), Prince Henrik (3rd R), Crown Prince Frederik (R) and Crown Princess Mary (C) and their children, Prince Christian (2nd R), Princess Isabella (3rd L) and Prince Vincent (2nd L). REUTERS/Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK. NO COMMERICAL SALES.
The Danish royal family are seen at a garden in Graasten Castle during their summer holidays July 25, 2015. The royal family had invited the media to the annual summer photography in the park at the castle on Saturday. Pictured here: Queen Margrethe (L), Prince Henrik (front), Crown Prince Frederik (R) and Crown Princess Mary (3rd L, behind Henrik) and their children, Prince Christian (2nd R), Princess Isabella (2nd L), Prince Vincent (3rd L, beside Henrik) and Princess Josephine (obscured). Also pictured: Princess Alexandra (rear L) of Berleburg and Count Jefferson (rear C) with their children Countess Ingrid (partially obscured, rear) and Count Richard (rear R). REUTERS/Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK. NO COMMERICAL SALES.
(From L) Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Prince Henrik of Denmark, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Queen Sonja of Norway, King Harald of Norway, King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway gather in front of Eidsvoll Manor May 17, 2014. The Norwegian constitution was signed at Eidsvoll Manor on May 17, 1814. REUTERS/Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS - NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES INNORWAY. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO COMMERCIAL SALES
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic (R) and Danish Queen Margrethe II inspect the honor guard at the presidential residence in Zagreb October 21, 2014. Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik are on a four day official visit in Croatia. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS)
Denmark's Queen Margrethe II (2nd R) shakes hands with Suzhou mayor Zhou Naixiang (L) next to her husband Prince Consort Henrik during a visit in Suzhou, Jiangsu province April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik arrive for the commemoration service in the church in Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen on the occasion of Danish Queen Margrethe's 40th jubilee January 15, 2012. Picture taken January 15. REUTERS/Scanpix/Keld Navntoft (DENMARK - Tags: ROYALS) NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic (R) and Danish Queen Margrethe II inspect the honor guard at the presidential residence in Zagreb October 21, 2014. Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik are on a four day official visit in Croatia. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS)
Danmark's Queen Margrethe II (R) and Prince Consort Henrik (C) visit Zagreb's Cathedral October 22, 2014. Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik are on a four-day official visit to Croatia. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS)
Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik (R) pose on the speaker's balcony on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2011. REUTERS/ Yuri Gripas/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS)
Queen Margrethe (R) and Prince Henrik of Denmark arrive for a Government dinner at the Eric Ericson Hall in Skeppsholmen June 18, 2010, to celebrate the wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, who will be married in Stockholm Cathedral on June 19. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (SWEDEN - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY)
Danish Queen Margrethe (R) and Prince Henrik pose with their youngest grandchild, the yet to be baptised daughter of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, in Fredensborg Palace, north of Copenhagen, June 2, 2007, to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2007. Picture taken June 2, 2007. REUTERS/Steen Brogaard/Scanpix Denmark (DENMARK) DENMARK OUT NO COMMERCIAL SALES
(L to R) Prince Consort Henrik, Russia's President Dimitry Medvedev, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Russia's First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva pose on the stairs of Fredensborg Palace in north of Copenhagen April 27, 2010. President Medvedev is on a two-day official visit to Denmark. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Kremli/Dmitry Astakhov (DENMARK - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS)
Danish Queen Margrethe (L) and Prince Henrik pose with their grandchildren in Fredensborg Palace, north of Copenhagen, June 2, 2007, to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2007. (L-R) Prince Nikolai, Prince Christian, Prince Felix and the yet to be baptised princess. Picture taken June 2, 2007. REUTERS/Steen Brogaard/Scanpix Denmark (DENMARK) DENMARK OUT NO COMMERCIAL SALES
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, the Prince Consort Henrik de Montpezat, are photographed at Caix Castle, their summer residence located in the Lot region in southwestern France, at the start of their vacation August 11, 2005.
Danish Queen Margrethe (L) looks at her husband Prince Consort Henrik (R) as they visit the Citadel of Namur May 29, 2002. The Danish Royal couple is on a three-day official visit to Belgium.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe and her French-born husband Prince Henrik partcipate, February 5, 2002, in the inauguration of the renovated Maison du Danemark on Champs-Elysees in Paris. Prince Consort Henrik has raised concerns about the constitutional monarchy after he expressed humiliation about being pushed aside in an interview with a Danish newspaper. REUTERS/SCANPIX/Claus Fisker AS
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband the Prince Consort Henrik de Montpezat, pose for photographers during a brief photo session, August 7, 2001, at the start of their vacation at the Caix Castle. Their summer residence is situated in the Lot region in southwestern France.
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"The extent of the cognitive failure is ... greater than expected considering the age of The Prince," it added.

Henrik, who married Margrethe in 1967, retired last year and renounced his title of Prince Consort, saying he was disappointed not to be named King Consort. Since then he has participated in very few official duties and spent much of his time at his private vineyard in France.

In Denmark, a princess traditionally becomes queen when her husband takes the throne, but a man does not become king when the roles are reversed.

Born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat in France in 1934, Henrik has two sons with the queen, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

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Brain collection may hold key to treat diseases
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Brain collection may hold key to treat diseases

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans holds a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017.

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Containers filled with human brains, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, are seen at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans shows parts of a human brain, belonging to a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

A human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, is seen at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans cuts a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans holds a container filled with a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans examines a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans examines a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017.

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans cuts a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017.

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Manuel Morrens shows a container filled with a slide of a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans holds a part of a human brain, belonging to a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Manuel Morrens holds a container filled with a slide of a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans holds a container filled with parts of a human brain, belonging to a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Jeroen Schuermans holds a container filled with parts of a human brain, belonging to a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Belgian researcher Manuel Morrens holds a container filled with a human brain, part of a collection of more than 3,000 brains that could provide insight into psychiatric diseases, at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, July 19, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

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