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Queen Margrethe of Denmark strips grandchildren of royal titles

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Four Danish royals have been stripped of their titles by Queen Margrethe “for their own good”. The four grandchildren of the monarch have said they are “sad, shocked and confused” over the move.

On Thursday, Queen Margrethe slimmed down the Danish monarchy by stripping four of her eight grandchildren of their royal titles.

A statement from the royal palace said: “As of January 1 2023, the descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim will only be able to use their titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat, their previous titles of Prince and Princess of Denmark ceasing to exist.”

Joachim, 53, has four children from two marriages who have lost their titles, those being Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena.

The palace added: “With her decision, Her Majesty the Queen wants to create a framework for the four grandchildren, to a much greater degree, to be able to shape their own existence without being limited by the special considerations and obligations that a formal affiliation with the Royal House as an institution implies.

“The Queen’s decision is in line with similar changes that other royal houses have carried out in recent years in different ways.”

Danish Prince Nikolai told Danish newspaper Extrabladet his family were saddened by his grandmother’s decision.

He said: “My whole family and I are of course very sad. 

“We are, as my parents have also stated, in shock at this decision and at how quickly it has actually gone.

“I am very confused as to why it has to happen like this.”

Countess Alexandra, mother to Nikolai and Prince Felix, also said she was surprised and saddened by the decision.

Her press secretary Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen told CNN: “She can’t believe why and why now, because there’s no good reason.

“They would lose their titles anyway when they get married one day. 

“Her sons are young men so maybe they might get married in the near future so why shouldn’t it wait until that day so that the titles would disappear on a happy day?’”

Ms von Wildenrath Løvgreen also said: “The children have received the message that they are losing their titles, delivered by their father, just as Countess Alexandra was told by Prince Joachim.”

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Joachim also said his children had been “harmed” by the announcement in an interview with outlet Ekstra Bladet.

He said: “We are all very sad. It’s never fun to see your children being harmed. 

“They are been put in a situation they do not understand.”

Nikolai and Felix, who are both models, are the product of his first marriage to Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. 

Her spokesperson also claimed Joachim learned the news through a royal aide, rather than from his mother directly. 

Joachim also said his children had been “harmed” by the announcement in an interview with outlet Ekstra Bladet.

He said: “We are all very sad. It’s never fun to see your children being harmed. 

“They are been put in a situation they do not understand.”

Nikolai and Felix, who are both models, are the product of his first marriage to Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. 

Her spokesperson also claimed Joachim learned the news through a royal aide, rather than from his mother directly. 

Speaking at a function at the National Museum in Copenhagen on Thursday, Margrethe said: “It is a consideration I have had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future. That is the reason.”

The Danish Royal Household later released another statement after anger from the family.

They said: “As the Queen stated yesterday, the decision has been a long time coming. 

“We understand that there are many emotions at stake at the moment, but we hope that the Queen’s wish to future-proof the Royal Household will be respected.”

Under the agreement, Nikolai, Felix, Henrik, and Athena will be known as either His Excellency Count of Monpezat or Her Excellency Countess of Monpezat from January 1, 2023. 

However they will maintain their positions in the order of succession. 

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