Prince Henrik, husband of Danish monarch, dies at age 83

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Denmark's palace says Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife or their son, has died. He was 83.

FILE - In this June 13, 2011, file photo, Denmark's Prince Henrik, right, waves as he drives a Tesla Roadster at the electric car maker's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Denmark's royal palace says the 83-year-old Prince Henrik, has been transferred from a Copenhagen hospital to the family's residence north of the capital "where he wishes to spend his last moments." (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Denmark's Prince Henrik.

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A statement on the royal house's website said Henrik died today (NZT) in his sleep at the palace and that the queen was at his side. A press official in the palace office confirmed the statement to The Associated Press but would not give his name.

Henrik was made prince consort when Margrethe acceded to the throne in 1972.

The jovial prince was known for being frank and forthright.

The palace said last week his health had "seriously worsened" and Olympic official Crown Prince Frederik was rushing home from the Winter Games in South Korea.

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