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All Denmark’s church bells will toll at 10:30 and again at 11:45 for HRH Prince Henrik

To the sound of church bells and canon salutes, Denmark takes leave of their 51 years with HRH Prince Henrik, born Henri Marie Jean André greve de Laborde de Monpezat.

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If you are anywhere in Denmark this morning, you will be able to hear the last farewell to the Danish Queen’s husband Prince Henrik.

The funeral takes place at 11:00 with only the closest family – approximately 60 guests at Christiansborg Slotskirke. The ceremony is short, about 45 minutes with several music performances, amongst other the Danish Boys’ Choir will sing.

However, all the countries bells will toll at 10:30, at the same time as the first guests start arriving. The royal family will arrive at 10:40.

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During the funeral ceremony about 100 old historic windmills will be put to a stand, with their wings in the form of a cross, a so-called position of morning. It is the Danish federation, Dansk Mølleforening, of which Prince Henrik was the patron, who has decided to mark his funeral in this way.

As the coffin is taken from the church and back into the hearse – it will be carried by 10 officers from Livgarden (they are the regiment who guards the royal palaces), it will be to the sound not only of church bells but also to canon salutes from the Sixtus Batteri on Holmen and Kronborg in Helsingør. The canon salute will be 3 x 27 shots – with 30 seconds between them. The salutation will take about 40 minutes.

At the first sound of canon, all flags will again be at full mast.

By Bente D. Knudsen