Prince Henrik of Denmark Diagnosed with Dementia

photo: The Danish Monarchy, photographer: Jacob Jørgensen

The Danish Royal House has issued the following Press Release this morning, regarding the health of Prince Henrik:
“It is with deep regret that Her Majesty The Queen has asked the Lord Chamberlain to announce:
Following a longer course of investigation, and most recently, a series of examinations conducted during late summer, a team of specialists at Rigshospitalet has now concluded that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik suffers from dementia.
The diagnosis implies a decline in The Prince’s cognitive functional level.  The extend of the cognitive failure is, according to Rigshospitalet, greater than expected considering the age of The Prince, and can be accompanied by changes in behavior, reaction patterns, judgement and emotional life and may therefore also affect the interaction with the outside world.
As a consequence of the diagnosis, The Prince will further downgrade his future activities, just as patronages and honorary memberships will be considered. 
It is the wish of The Queen and the Royal Family that The Prince will have the peace and quiet as required by the situation.”

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