European Queen strips second son’s title of prince in ruthless cull to streamline monarchy

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A statement said Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark wants her four grandchildren “to be able to shape their own lives” without being restricted by “duties that a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark as an institution involves”.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has removed titles from four of her grandchildren

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has removed titles from four of her grandchildren (Image: Getty)

The decision will come into force on January 1, 2023.

It will impact 23-year-old Nikolai, Felix, 20, teenage Henrik, 13, and ten-year-old Athena.

However, they will keep their places in the order of succession.

The grandchildren currently occupy places seven through ten.

Queen Margrethe ii of Denmark

Queen Margrethe ii of Denmark is the world’s only current Queen regnant (Image: Getty)

The statement from the palace detailed: “With her decision, 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.”

The decision will not impact the children of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.

It was stated that the decision comes as a “natural extension” of a previous announcement that only Prince Christian will receive an annuity from the state of Denmark as an adult.

The rest of Queen Margrethe’s grandchildren will now have to be addressed as their excellencies.

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Queen Margrethe and Kate, Princess of Wales during the latter’s visit in Denmark in February (Image: Getty)

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is Europe’s longest-serving current head of state, having reigned as Denmark’s monarch for over 50 years.

The monarch is also the world’s only current queen regnant.

The full statement from the royal house of Denmark reads: “In April 2008, Her Majesty The Queen bestowed upon her sons, their spouses and their descendants the titles of count and countess of Monpezat.

“In May 2016, it was also announced that His Royal Highness Prince Christian, as the only one of The Queen’s grandchildren, is expected to receive an annuity from the state as an adult.

Princess Marie, Prince Joachim and their children

Princess Marie, Prince Joachim and their children (Image: Getty)

“Prince Joachim’s descendants will thus have to be addressed as excellencies in the future. The Queen’s decision is in line with similar adjustments that other royal houses have made in various ways in recent years.

“With her decision, 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.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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