Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, Europe’s only reigning queen, strips four grandchildren of royal titles

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, Europe’s only reigning queen and the continent’s longest serving monarch, on Wednesday stripped four of her eight grandchildren of their titles, the palace introduced.

The official purpose was to permit the four kids of her youngest son, Prince Joachim, to dwell extra regular lives, and follows comparable strikes by different royal households in Europe to slim down their monarchies, the palace stated.

“As of January 1, 2023, the descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim will only be able to use their titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat, their previous titles of Prince and Princess of Denmark ceasing to exist”, the royal palace wrote in an announcement.

Prince Joachim, 53, has four kids from two marriages: Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena, ranging in age from 23 to 10.

Prince Felix, Princess Marie, Prince Joachim, Princess Athena, Prince Henrik and Prince Nikolai arrive for a luncheon on the Dannebrog Royal Yacht, in Copenhagen, on September 11, 2022, throughout the fiftieth anniversary of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s accession to the throne. 

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“With her decision, Her Majesty the Queen wants to create a framework for the four grandchildren, to a much greater degree, to be able to shape their own existence without being limited by the special considerations and obligations that a formal affiliation with the Royal House as an institution implies”, it stated.

“The queen’s decision is in line with similar changes that other royal houses have carried out in recent years in different ways”, it added.

The mom of Prince Joachim’s two eldest sons informed Danish media she was “shocked” by the choice.

“This came from out of the blue. The children feel excluded. They can’t understand why their identity is being taken from them,” Countess Alexandra informed every day B.T.

The queen’s four different grandchildren, born to Crown Prince Frederik, 54, will retain their titles however once they come of age only the long run king, Prince Christian, will obtain an appanage, a choice taken in 2016.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark critiques an honour guard as she arrives to the gala banquet at Christiansborg Palace on September 11, 2022, throughout celebrations to mark the fiftieth anniversary of her accession to the throne. 

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