Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, who is already Europe’s longest-reigning monarch, has stripped four of her eight grandchildren of their titles, AFP reported.
The official reason for this decision is that the children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim, will have the opportunity to live a normal life. Other royal families in Europe are taking similar steps to reduce the ranks of their senior members, the royal palace said.
“From January 1, 2023, the heirs of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim will only be able to use their titles of Count and Countess of Montpezat, their previous titles of Prince and Princess of Denmark will no longer exist,” the royal palace said in a statement.
Prince Joachim, who is 53, has four children from two marriages – Nikolay, Felix, Henrik and Athena, aged between 23 and 10.
“With her decision, Her Majesty the Queen wishes to create a framework for her four grandsons, largely so that they can shape their lives without the constraints of the special requirements and obligations that arise from the official relationship with the Royal Family as an institution,” it said. the statement.
“The Queen’s decision is in line with similar changes made in recent years in a different way by other royal families,” the palace said.
The mother of Prince Joachim’s two grown sons told Danish media that she was “shocked” by the decision. “It came out of the blue. The children feel isolated,” Countess Alexandra told the daily V.T.
The other grandchildren of the queen, the children of Crown Prince Frederik, who is 54 years old, keep their titles, BTA reported.