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Danish queen's husband will not be buried next to her

The husband of Denmark's Queen Margrethe has caused a stir by announcing he will not be buried next to her in the Roskilde cathedral where Danish royals have been buried since 1559.

Margrethe has already had a specially designed sarcophagus made for her and Prince Henrik there.

The royal house gave no reason for Henrik's decision but the 83-year-old French-born prince has long complained that he did not become monarch instead of his wife when she acceded to the throne in 1972.

A change in the constitution 19 years earlier had allowed female succession, paving the way for Margrethe to become the monarch.

Even before that, Henrik would not have become king.

The palace said Margrethe, 77, has accepted Henrik's decision, adding that it did not change her burial plans.

Henrik retired from public life last year.

AP

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