Denmark’s queen ‘sorry’ for stripping grandchildren of royal titles


Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has apologized after four of her eight grandchildren were stripped of their royal titles. He doesn’t change his mind about the move, though.

The 82-year-old monarch, who celebrated half a century on the throne earlier this year, announced on Thursday that from next year the children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim, will no longer be known as prince and princess.

Instead, they will only be able to use the titles of count and countess of Monpezat and will be treated as excellencies, as their AHT titles will “remain”, according to the royal house.

Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen, press secretary for Countess Alexandra, Prince Joachim’s ex-wife, told CNN on Thursday that Joachim and his children were “sad” and “surprised” by the decision, which Queen Margrethe “considers necessary for the future.” of the monarchy,” according to a statement released by the queen on Monday by the royal household.

“In recent days, there have been strong reactions to my decision regarding the use of the future titles of Prince Joachim’s four children. That affects me, of course,” said the monarch in the statement.

“My decision has been long. After 50 years on the throne, it is only natural to look back and look forward. It is my duty and my desire as Queen to ensure that the monarchy always adapts to the times. Sometimes this means that difficult decisions have to be made, and it will always be difficult to find the right moment,” he added.

The Queen said she had made the “adjustment” to allow the royals to lead a more normal life, following a similar decision by other royal families to reduce the monarchy.

“Holding the title of royal comes with a number of commitments and obligations, which in the future will be with fewer members of the royal family,” he said.

Crown Prince Frederik, the Queen’s eldest son, is first in line to the throne. His eldest son, Prince Christian, is second. Frederik’s four children retain their titles.

His younger brother, Joachim, lives in Paris with his wife, Princess Marie, and their two children, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10. The prince also has two older sons, Nikolai, 23, and Felix, 20, from his first. Marriage to Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg. While Joachim’s children will lose their royal titles, they will retain their positions in the line of succession.

The monarch said: “I have made the decision as Queen, mother and grandmother, but as a mother and grandmother I have underestimated how much my young son and his family feel. It makes a big impression, and for that I am sorry.”

He added: “No one should doubt that my children, daughters and grandchildren are my great joy and pride. Now I hope that as a family we can find peace to find our way through this situation.”