Royally shaken. Queen Margrethe of Denmark shocked her family after announcing her plans to take away the titles Prince Joachims children.
Joachim is the second son of Margrethe, who has been on the Danish throne since 1972, making her the longest-serving current head of state in Europe. The monarch shared a son with Joachim Crown Prince Frederik with late husband Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, who died in 2018.
The world learned of Margrethe’s shocking decision on September 28, 2022. “In April 2008, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat on her sons, spouses and descendants. It was also announced in May 2016 that His Royal Highness Prince Christian, as the Queen’s only grandson, is expected to receive an adult pension from the state,” the Danish Royal Palace said in a statement. “As a natural extension to this, Her Majesty has decided that from 1 January 2023 the descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim can only use their titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat as the titles of Prince and Princess which they have held up to now set.”
Joachim is sixth in line to the Danish throne and has four children: sons Nikolai, Felix and Henrik, and daughter Athena. The palace defended the title changes as “in line with similar adjustments that other royal houses have made in various ways in recent years”. (Prince Harry and Megan Markle‘s children received no royal titles at birth, while the grandchildren of Swedes King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia were stripped of their titles in 2019.)
“With her decision, Her Majesty The Queen wants to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to organize their own lives to a much greater extent, without being restricted by the special considerations and duties that formal membership of the Danish royal family entails institution,” concluded the Sept. 28 statement.
According to CBS News, the decision will not affect Frederik’s four children – Christian, Isabella and twins Vincent and Josephine – who he shares with his wife Maria, Crown Princess of Denmark.
While the palace indicated the move had been in the works for some time, Joachim wasn’t expecting the announcement. “We all are very sad. It’s never fun to see your children being so abused,” he told the Danish newspaper Extra Bladet a day after his mother testified. “They are in a situation they don’t understand.”
When asked how the drama affected his relationship with the Queen, Joachim replied, “I don’t think I need to elaborate on that here.”
Despite her son’s surprise, Margrethe didn’t hesitate. “It’s a consideration I’ve had for quite some time and I think it will be good for them in their future. That’s why,” she told reporters as she arrived for an event at the National Museum in Copenhagen, per Hi! Magazine.
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