Queen of Denmark strips her four grandchildren of royal titles

The palace said the official rationale was to follow similar moves to allow the four children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim, to lead a more normal life and to undermine the monarchies of other royal families in Europe.

“As of January 1, 2023, the descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim will only be able to use the titles Count and Countess of Monpezat,” the royal palace said in a statement. Denmark The Prince and Princess will now disappear.”

Prince Joachim, 53, has four children from two marriages: Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena, ages 23 to 10.

“Her Majesty the Queen, by her decision, wishes to create a much greater framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own existence without being constrained by the special considerations and obligations of a formal allegiance to the Royal Household. The Queen’s decision is similar to what other royal houses have done in different ways in recent years,” the Palace said. compatible with the changes,” he said.

Countess Alexandra, mother of Prince Joachim’s two eldest sons, told Danish media she was “shocked” by the decision. This came all of a sudden. Children feel excluded. “They can’t understand why their identity was taken away,” he said.

The Queen’s other four grandchildren, born to 54-year-old Crown Prince Frederik, will retain their titles, but only the future king, Prince Christian, will receive a salary when he comes of age, according to a 2016 decision.