COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The husband of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe is causing a stir.

Prince Henrik has announced he won’t be buried next to Margrethe in the Roskilde cathedral where Danish royals have been buried since 1559. She has had a specially designed sarcophagus made for them there.

“Traditions are important to all monarchies so this is felt pretty violently,” said Lars Hovbakke Soerensen, an expert in Danish history.

The royal house gave no reason for Henrik’s decision, but the 83-year-old French-born prince has long complained that he didn’t become monarch instead of his wife in 1972.