Queen Margrethe of Denmark has stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles, the Danish royal family has announced.
The monarch removed the titles of prince and princess as well as “His Highness” from Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13 and Athena, 10.
A statement on Wednesday said Queen Margrethe hopes the move will allow the siblings to “shape their own lives without being constrained by the special considerations and duties” that formal affiliation with the Danish royal family entails.
The children of Prince Joachim, his second son, will instead be known by His Excellency Count of Monpezat or His Excellency Countess of Monpezat from January 1, 2023.
The siblings, who are currently seventh through tenth in line to the throne, will retain their place in the line of succession.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark has stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles, the Danish royal family has announced. Pictured are Prince Felix of Denmark, Princess Marie, Prince Joachim, Princess Athena, Prince Henrik and Prince Nikolai in September
The monarch (pictured in September 2022) stripped the titles of prince and princess as well as ‘Her Highness’ from Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13 and Athena, 10
Nikolai and Felix 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 Margrethe’s decision does not affect the four children of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, heir to the throne.
Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine will all continue to hold royal titles and be part of the royal household.
The statement read: “In April 2008, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the titles of Count, Countess and Countess of Monpezat on her sons, their spouses and their descendants.
“In May 2016, it was also announced that HRH Prince Christian, as the Queen’s only grandchild, is to receive a state pension as an adult.
Prince Nikolai, from left, Princess Marie, Prince Joachim and Prince Felix arrive for the commissioned performance at the Royal Danish Theater to mark the 50th anniversary of Danish Queen Margrethe II’s accession to the throne in Copenhagen, Saturday, September 10, 2022
Denmark’s Prince Nikolai celebrated his 23rd birthday in August at his home with his parents and siblings in Copenhagen. Pictured left with Prince Felxi, 20, Prince Henrick, 13, and Princess Athena, ten
Nikolai with his mother-in-law Princess Marie, siblings and 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 from 1 January 2023, the descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim will only be able to use their titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat, like their previous titles of Prince and Princess of Denmark will expire.
“The descendants of Prince Joachim must henceforth 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 wishes to create the framework for the four grandchildren to shape their own lives to a much greater extent without being limited by the special considerations and duties than a formal affiliation to the Royal House of Denmark. as an institution implies.
“The four grandchildren retain their place in the order of succession,” the statement concludes.
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