Many messages of condolence and support reach Espère, in the Lot, following the disappearance of Françoise Bardin, the sister of Prince Henrik of Denmark. Among these, the particularly touching letter sent by Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Born Laborde de Monpezat, Françoise Bardin passed away this Wednesday, November 10, in her 90th year. Her disappearance follows that of her husband Claude Bardin in 2017; and that of his brother Prince Henrik of Denmark in 2018 at the age of 83, at Fredensborg Palace. Three years ago, the Prince’s four siblings went to his funeral in Scandinavia to pay him a final tribute.
Yesterday, it was therefore the eldest of their siblings who had 9 children who left. Françoise Bardin was born in 1932 in Hanoi in Indochina, before returning to France in 1937 with her parents who settled in Albas.
Throughout her life, she worked for the benefit of others. An activist in the wearing of compulsory seat belts in vehicles, she was notably president of the departmental committee for road safety “of the Lot. In this capacity, she was awarded the distinction of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 1996.
No member of the Danish royal family is announced in the Lot
“She was a convinced woman who had received this distinction with pride. Her fight in the 1960s for the wearing of the belt, earned us some lively family lunches,” recalls her son Guillaume Bardin. Today everyone recognizes her innovative and pioneering spirit: “My mother was a visionary, she also had this incredible capacity for entrepreneurship. Business manager, insurance agent, at the origin of the manufacturing plant of he dared to eat animal feed from Englandières to Cahors with my father, and it was she who took the initiative to transform the family manor house of Espère – as she liked to call it – into a bed and breakfast. We were in the years 1983-1984, it was unusual at the time. She was convinced that this adventure would allow us to maintain and preserve the domain. It was an immediate success which proved her right “, testifies her son.
At Espère, this Wednesday, everyone had a touched thought for this lady whom everyone respected. The mayor of the town, Mathieu Redoulès, today presented his respectful tributes to his family.
To her children, her grandchildren, her brothers and sisters, all her family and friends, La Dépêche du Midi also sends its very sincere condolences. The funeral will take place on Saturday. For the time being, no member of the Danish royal family has been announced in the Lot where Caïx castle is located, one of the residences of Queen Margrethe and her late husband.