Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has apologized after removing royal titles from four of her eight grandchildren. But he does not change his opinion about the move.
The 82-year-old monarch, who celebrated half a century on the throne earlier this year, announced on Thursday that her younger son Prince Joachim’s children will no longer be known as prince and princess from next year.
Instead, they will only be able to use their titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat and will be addressed as Excellencies as their HRH titles will be “discontinued”, according to the royal household.
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 “shocked” by the decision, which Queen Margrethe sees as “necessary protection for the future.” monarchy,” the Queen said in a statement released by the Royal Household on Monday.
“In recent days there have been strong reactions to my decision on the future use of titles for Prince Joachim’s four children. This of course affects me,” the monarch said in a statement.
“My decision has been a long time coming. With my 50 years on the throne, it is natural to look back as well as forward. It is my duty and desire as Queen to ensure that the monarchy is always shaped in accordance with Sometimes this means that difficult decisions have to be made and it will always be difficult to find the right moment,” she added.
The Queen said she had made the “adjustment” to allow the younger royals to lead normal lives, following similar decisions by other royal families to slim down the monarchy.
“Holding the royal title involves a number of obligations and responsibilities that will fall on fewer members of the royal family in the future,” she said.
Crown Prince Frederik, the Queen’s elder son, is first in line to the throne. His eldest child, Prince Christian, is second in line. All four of Frederik’s children will 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, Nikolaj, 23, and Felix, 20, from his first marriage to Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. While Joachim’s children will lose their royal titles, they will retain their places in the line of succession.
The monarch said: “I made the decision as a queen, mother and grandmother, but as a mother and grandmother I underestimated the extent to which my younger son and his family feel affected. That makes a big impression and I’m sorry.”
She added: “No one should doubt that my children, daughters-in-law and grandchildren are my great joy and pride. Now I hope that as a family we can find peace to find a way through this situation.”
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