The Danish Queen expressed regret for stripping the royal titles of four of her grandchildren, but she hasn’t changed her mind. According to Queen Margrethe II, the monarchy should be “keeping with the times.” In addition, she said that her decision had been long overdue and would “future-proof” the institution. However, she “underestimated” the response from her family, saying, “for that, I am sorry.”
Furthermore, the royal palace of Denmark announced the initial decision to the public last week, which will begin next year.
The initial announcement read:
“The titles of prince and princess that they have held up until now will be discontinued. Prince Joachim’s descendants will thus have to be addressed as excellencies in the future.”
Following the announcement, the youngest son of Queen Margrethe II, Prince Joachim, expressed his disappointment with the news. He told Ekstra Bladet, “It’s never fun to see your children being mistreated like that. They find themselves in a situation they do not understand.” Also, his wife, Princess Marie, claimed that her youngest child got bullied at school due to the “short notice” announcement.
Furthermore, the pair added in an interview that Margrethe had not contacted them since the announcement of the reforms. Prince Nikolai, the eldest among the four grandchildren, expressed his family’s “shock” by the decision.
Moreover, Princess for Joachim’s four children will be known by the titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat in place of Prince and Princess Athena.
According to the palace, the change was a “natural extension” of the Danish Queen’s intention to streamline the monarchy. “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,” last week’s statement read.
However, after what she called “strong reactions” to her decision, Queen Margrethe II apologized in a new statement for underestimating the reaction.
“No one should be in doubt that my children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren are my great joy and pride. I now hope that we as a family can find the peace to find our way through this situation,” she said.
On another note, Crown Prince Frederik, the eldest child of Queen Margrethe II, is the current heir apparent. Hence, his four offspring will keep their titles.
Also, Crown Princess Mary, his wife, backed the Queen, saying, “change can be difficult and can really hurt. But this does not mean that the decision is not the right one.”
On the other hand, the Danish Queen (82) tested positive for Covid-19 after going to the state burial of her third cousin Queen Elizabeth II.