Crown Princess Mary, 46, was understably tearful as she comforted her four children at the funeral of her father-in-law, Prince Henrik of Denmark. The Danish royal family, including Prince Frederick and Queen Margrethe, attended the service at Christiansborg Palace.
Before the service began, Mary was seen giving her youngest Josephine, 7, a kiss on the forehead. The young princess' twin Vincent stood stoically by her side. Christian, 12, and Isabella, 10 held hands as they said goodbye to their grandfather.
Upholding tradition the royals dressed in heat-to-toe black for the private service which was reportedly only attended by sixty people. Later, hundreds lined the streets of downtown Copenhagen to watch military officers carry away Henrik's coffin, draped in a Danish flag with his personal coat of arms.
Prince Henrik died in his sleep aged 83 last Tuesday after a long health battle. “His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died on Tuesday, February 13, at. 23.18 peacefully in his sleep at Fredensborg Palace. The Prince was surrounded by Her Majesty The Queen and their two sons,” the palace announced in an official statement.
Originally born in France, Henrick struggled to win over the hearts of the Danish people for much of his fifty year marriage to Queen Margrethe. In September 2017 he was diagnosed with dementia. On January 28 he was admitted to hospital in Copenhagen with a lung infection and a benign lung tumour.
The palace has has broken tradition and respected Henrick's wishes to be cremated, half of his ashes would be spread over Danish seas and the other half buried in the royal family's private garden at the Fredensborg Palace where he died.
The Danish royal family has no political authority, but is one of the world's oldest kingdoms and prides itself on stability.