The Danish people stand in line to pay their respects to the late Prince Henrik

Prince HenrikMembers of the public pay their respects as they attend the coffin of Denmark's Prince Henrik in Castrum Doloris in Christiansborg Palace Church in Copenhagen on Saturday Feb. 17, 2018. A private funeral will take place on Tuesday Feb. 20. (Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

The queue was several hundred meters long when Christiansborg Castle’s church opened it’s doors to the public who wanted to see Prince Henry in Copenhagen before he is laid to rest.


Several thousand Danes queued Saturday afternoon to get a glimpse of the coffin of Queen Margrethe’s husband, reports the news agency Ritzau.

The Prince died late Tuesday evening, he was 83 years old.

The so called «castrum doloris», which translates as “the rent of pain” from Latin, is a centuries-old tradition in the royal house. It is when the closed coffin is displayed for a public viewing. The public can walk past the coffin at specific times at the church in Copenhagen until Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Prince Henrik will have a smaller ceremony before burial in Christiansborg Castle Church.


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