COPENHAGEN — Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Europe’s only reigning queen and the continent’s oldest monarch, stripped four of her eight grandchildren of their titles on Wednesday, the palace said.
The official reason was to allow the four children of his youngest son, Prince Joachim, to live a more normal life, and follows similar measures taken by other royal families in Europe to reduce their monarchies, said the palace.
“From 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”, writes the royal palace in A declaration.
Prince Joachim, 53, has four children from two marriages: Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena, aged 23 to 10.
“With her decision, Her Majesty The Queen wishes to create a framework that allows the four grandchildren, to a much greater extent, to be able to shape their own lives without being limited by the special considerations and obligations that a formal affiliation to the House royal as an institution entails,” he said.
“The Queen’s decision is in line with similar changes that other royal houses have made in recent years in different ways,” he added.
The mother of Prince Joachim’s two eldest sons told Danish media she was “shocked” by the decision.
“It came out of nowhere. The children feel left out. They can’t understand why their identity is being taken away from them,” Countess Alexandra told BT daily.
The Queen’s other four grandchildren, born to Crown Prince Frederik, 54, will keep their titles but when they come of age, only the future king, Prince Christian, will receive an appanage, a decision taken in 2016. — France Media Agency