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Father-in-Law of Danish Queen Dies

February 24, 1998

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Count Andre de Laborde de Monpezat, the father of Denmark’s Prince Henrik and father-in-law of Queen Margrethe, has died at age 90.

He died Monday at the family estate in Cayrou, in southern France. The cause of death was not made public.

Andre de Monpezat married Renee Doursenot in 1931 in Hanoi, then part of French Indochina, where he had a rubber plantation.

Their second son, Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, married Crown Princess Margrethe in 1967, and changed his name to the Danish Henrik.

When Communist forces toppled French rule and seized control of Hanoi in 1954, Andre and Renee de Monpezat returned to their estate in southern France and the family began producing wine.

De Monpezat is survived by his wife and six of their eight children.

Prince Henrik was in Paris when his father died. Prince Henrik, Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim are among those planning to attend the funeral in France on Friday.

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