The queen of Denmark explains why she took the princely title from four of her grandchildren

On Wednesday it was announced that Prince Joachim’s four children, Nikolai, 23, and Felix, 20 – born from a first marriage – Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, would no longer have a princely title from January 1

Her decision to withdraw the princely titles from her youngest son’s four children has created discord within the Danish royal family: on Monday, October 3, Queen Margrethe II told herself “sorryof the turn of events.

As a mother and grandmother, I underestimated how much this affects my youngest son and his family. It makes a big impression, and I’m sorry.“, Said the sovereign in an unpublished press release published by the royal house.

family discord

On Wednesday it was announced that Prince Joachim’s four children, Nikolai, 23, and Felix, 20 – born from a first marriage – Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, would no longer have a princely title from January 1 They will retain only a title of Count of Monpezat, which bears the name of their grandfather of French origin, Prince Consort Henrik, who had caused a scandal six months before his death by saying that he did not want to be buried with the wife of the.

This former diplomat, who suffered from dementia at the end of his life, had repeatedly lamented that he had never been able to hold the title of king. This new family discord comes after the jubilee of the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s reign. “It is my duty and my desire, as Queen, to ensure that the monarchy is always formed according to its times. Sometimes that means tough decisions have to be made, and finding the right time will always be tough.“Margarita II stressed.

appeasement attempt

According to the palace, the goal of reducing the number of princes and princesses is to give them greater freedom to lead their lives as they see fit. “It’s never fun to see your kids treated like this.Prince Joachim reacted in statements to the Danish press on Thursday. In a daily interview MFregretted two days later not havingUnfortunatelyHe has not heard from his mother or his brother, Crown Prince Frederik, since the decision.

I hope now as a family we figure out how to navigate through this situation.said the sovereign. Royal chroniclers consider this attempt at appeasement appropriate. “It is the best way for the royal family to try to get ahead.“, considered the historian Lars Hovbakke Sørensen with the local agency Ritzau.

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