Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has stripped four of her eight grandchildren of royal titles, as well as the title of “His Royal Highness” – a decision that shocked the royal family.
Children of the Queen’s second son, Prince Joachim; from 1 January 2023, Nicolas, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, will now be called as “Honour Countess of Monpeza” or “Honours Countess of Monpeza”.
Prince Joachim is sixth in line to the Danish throne.
Queen Margaret II, 82, the longest-reigning monarch since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, has announced the cancellation of all royal titles in a statement on Wednesday.
“Through her decision, Her Majesty wants to create a framework in which the four grandchildren can shape their own lives to a greater extent without the special considerations and duties of a formal affiliation with the Danish royal family. As an institution,” the statement read.
“Her Majesty has decided that, from 1 January 2023, descendants of Her Royal Highness Prince Joachim will only be able to use the titles of Count and Countess of Monpeza, as the titles of Prince and Princess they have always held will be terminated.”
The Danish monarch defended her decision to journalists, “It’s something I’ve considered for a long time and I think it’s good for their future. That’s why,” according to Hi! Magazine.
Queen Margrethe said removing her grandchildren’s prince and princess titles would allow them to “shape their lives to a greater extent without the special considerations and duties involved in being formally attached to the Danish royal establishment.”
But the news was not welcomed by all members of the royal family.
Alexandra, Countess of Fredericksburg, mother of Princes Nicolas and Felix, who will lose their royal titles, said she was “confused” by the news.
“We are saddened and shocked,” Prince Joachim’s ex-wife said in a statement from her press adviser Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen, according to the Danish magazine. Theohall.
“It was like a bolt from the blue. The kids felt excluded. They couldn’t understand why their identity was being taken away.”
The heir to the throne, Prince Frederick and his wife Princess Mary and their children – Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and twins Prince Vincent, 11, and their children’s titles have not changed . Princess Josephine.
“The Queen’s decision is in line with similar adjustments made in various ways by other royal families in recent years,” the palace said.