Danish monarch, Queen Margrethe II strips grandchildren of royal titles

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Danish monarch, Queen Margrethe II, has stripped her second son, Prince Joachim’s children of royal titles.

According to reports, the monarch made the decision in the hope that four of her eight grandchildren can live a more normal life.

TNN gathered from Sky News that the affected grandchildren are Prince Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10.

They will no longer be referred to as princes or princesses from 1 January 2023, instead “can only use their titles as counts and countess of Monpezat”, and will be addressed as excellencies in the future.

This is contained in a statement the 82-year-old Queen Margrethe issued on Wednesday.

The statement read: ” Her Majesty The Queen wishes to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own lives to a much greater extent, without being limited by the special considerations and duties that a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark as an institution involves.

“All four grandchildren maintain their places in the order of succession.”

Queen Margrethe, who was crowned in 1972, became the longest-serving monarch in Europe following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September.