Queen of Denmark strips grandchildren of royal titles so they can live a normal life

Denmark's Queen has officially stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles, the Danish royal household has confirmed.

Queen Margrethe, 82, removed prince and princess titles from Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, ten.

A statement on Wednesday announced by the Danish royal household said that Queen Margrethe hopes the changes will allow the siblings to "shape their own lives" by giving them more freedom.

The children of Prince Joachim, her second son, will will no longer be referred to as His or Her Highness, but instead be referred to as His Excellency Count of Monpezat or Her Excellency Countess of Monpezat starting on January 1, 2023.

Although the four siblings have had their titles removed, they are currently seventh through tenth in the line to the throne, and will maintain their places in the order of succession.

The statement also said that His Royal Highness Prince Christian was the only grandchild of the Queen expected to receive an annuity from the state as an adult.

It continued: "As a natural extension of this, Her Majesty has decided that with effect from 1 January 2023, the descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim can only use their titles as Count and Countess of Monpezat, as their previous titles as Prince and Princess of Denmark will lapse.

"Prince Joachim's descendants will henceforth have to be addressed as Excellencies. The Queen's decision is in line with similar adaptations that other royal houses have implemented in different ways in recent years."

They added: "'With her decision, Her Majesty the Queen wants to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own lives to a much greater extent without being limited by the special considerations and duties that a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark as an institution involves."

Before confirming that the siblings will maintain their succession to the throne.

Margrethe has been monarch for over 50 years and after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, is now the longest serving head of state in Europe.

The Queen of Denmark attended the funeral for Her Majesty and then tested positive for Covid-19 just 24 hours after the funeral.

The royal also paid her respects to Queen Elizabeth by visiting her coffin in Westminster Hall the night before the UK bid their final farewell to Her Majesty on Monday September 19.


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