It was announced that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark won the Berlingske Fonds (Berlingske Foundation) Award for 2012. The award is given each year to a Dane who has had major political, economic or cultural importance for the country.
In a press release, chairwoman and chief editor of Berlingske Fonds, Lisbeth Knudsen, notes that Prince Consort should be given credit for “…the success that is modern Danish monarchy.” Ms. Knudsen also notes that the prince’s ability to adapt to his role as prince consort is admirable:
Prince Henry stepped into a role that no one had explained to him beforehand. An especially difficult one, especially as a foreigner, and as a lifelong companion to a highly popular and highly respected queen. He has managed even to create the framework for completing the task which was his, in a way that now after so many years must be respected, and always as a strong representative for Denmark conscious of the royal house’s special mission and role…
The award will be given to Prince Henrik on January 12, 2012 along with a check worth 100,000 Kroners.
Congrats, Prince Henrik!
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