Queen Margaret of Denmark has stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles, the Danish royal house announced.
The 82-year-old monarch has removed the titles of prince and princess, as well as “His Highness,” from 23-year-old Nikolai, 20-year-old Felix, 13-year-old Henrik and 10-year-old Athena.
A statement on Wednesday said Queen Margaret hopes the move will allow the brothers “to shape their own lives without being constrained by the special considerations and duties” that come with a formal affiliation with the Danish royal family.
The children of Prince Joachim, his second son, will instead be known as His Excellency Count of Monpezat or His Excellency Countess of Monpezat from January 1, 2023.
The brothers, who are currently seventh to 10th in line to the throne, will keep their places in the order of succession.
Queen Margaret of Denmark has stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles, the Danish royal house announced. Pictured are Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena of Denmark in September.
The monarch (pictured September 2022) has removed the titles of prince and princess, as well as ‘His Highness’ from Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13 and Athena, 10.
Nikolai and Felix, both models, are the sons of Prince Joachim and his first wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. Prince Joachim remarried Princess Marie in 2008 and the couple share Henrik and Athena.
Queen Margaret’s decision does not affect the four children of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, who is the heir to the throne.
Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine will continue to hold royal titles and be part of the royal household.
The statement said: ‘In April 2008, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the titles of Count, Countess and Countess of Monpezat on her children, their spouses and their descendants.
‘In May 2016, it was also announced that His Royal Highness Prince Christian, as the only one of the Queen’s grandchildren, is expected to receive an annuity from the state as an adult.
Prince Nikolai, from left, Princess Marie, Prince Joachim and Prince Felix arrive for the command performance at the Royal Danish Theater to mark the 50th anniversary of Danish Queen Margaret II’s accession to the throne in Copenhagen, on Saturday, September 10, 2022
Prince Nikolai of Denmark celebrated his 23rd birthday in August at home with his parents and siblings in Copenhagen. In the photo on the left with Prince Felxi, 20, Prince Henrick, 13, and Princess Athena, ten
Nikolai with his stepmother Princess Marie, his siblings and his father Prince Joachim on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace during the Danish queen’s 78th birthday in April 2018
As a natural extension of this, His Majesty has decided that as of January 1, 2023, descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim may only use his titles as Count and Countess of Monpezat, like their previous titles as Prince and Princess. from Denmark. will expire.
From now on, the descendants of Prince Joachim will have to be treated as Excellencies. The Queen’s decision is in line with similar adaptations that other royal houses have implemented in different ways in recent years.
With her decision, Her Majesty The Queen wants to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own lives to a much greater extent without being constrained by the special considerations and duties that come with a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark. as an institution implies.
“The four grandchildren maintain their places in the order of succession,” the statement concluded.
Princess Marie with Prince Joachim, Prince Felix, Prince Nikolai, Princess Athena and Prince Henrick with Joachim’s first wife Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg in 2020
Margrethe, who is Europe’s longest-serving current head of state and the only current queen regent, tested positive for Covid-19 last Tuesday. just 24 hours after attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and mourning in London.
She attended Westminster Abbey along with her son, Crown Prince Frederik, and the two went to the Queen’s Engagement Service in Windsor afterwards.
The royals also paid their respects to the Queen by visiting her coffin in Westminster Hall the night before the Queen’s funeral, and attended Buckingham Palace’s “reception of the century”, where she was photographed in close conversation with King Charles.
Queen Margaret and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Margrethe tested positive for Covid-19 just 24 hours after Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday, September 19
Queen Margrethe was photographed for the first time on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19 last week. She attended a gala dinner at the Grand Hotel in Oslo after receiving the Nordic Association’s Language Award.
Queen Margaret of Denmark, 82, attended the “reception of the century” at Buckingham Palace, which was hosted by King Charles and Camilla ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
On Monday, the monarch made her first appearance since testing positive for Covid, joining Queen Sonja of Norway at a literary event in Oslo.
Queen Sonja of Norway presented the Nordic Association’s annual language award to Queen Margrethe of Denmark at Nordens Hus before they attended a gala at the Grand Hotel.
Margrethe wore a vibrant long pink skirt to the gala dinner, which she paired with a navy blue lace top.
Her hair was pulled back tightly and she was photographed with a navy blue shawl around her shoulders when she arrived at the Grand Hotel.