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Danish Queen says she’s ‘sorry’ for stripping grandchildren of royal titles | CNN

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has apologized after eradicating the royal titles of 4 of her eight grandchildren. She’s not altering her thoughts concerning the transfer, nonetheless.

The 82-year-old monarch, who earlier this yr celebrated half a century on the throne, introduced on Thursday that from subsequent yr the youngsters of her youthful son, Prince Joachim, will now not be often known as prince and princess.

As a substitute, they may solely be capable of use their titles of counts and countess of Monpezat and will probably be addressed as excellencies, as their HRH titles will probably be “discontinued,” based on the royal family.

Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen, press secretary to Countess Alexandra, the previous spouse of Prince Joachim, informed CNN on Thursday that Joachim and his youngsters had been “unhappy” and “shocked” by the choice, which Queen Margrethe views “as a obligatory future-proofing of the monarchy,” based on a press release from the Queen launched by the royal home on Monday.

“In latest days, there have been sturdy reactions to my choice concerning the future use of titles for Prince Joachim’s 4 youngsters. That impacts me, in fact,” the monarch mentioned within the assertion.

“My choice has been a very long time coming. With my 50 years on the throne, it’s pure each to look again and to look forward. It’s my obligation and my need as Queen to make sure that the monarchy all the time shapes itself in line with the occasions. Generally, which means that tough choices should be made, and it’ll all the time be tough to search out the proper second,” she added.

The Queen mentioned she made the “adjustment” to permit the junior royals to guide extra regular lives, whereas following the same choice by different royal households to slim down the monarchy.

“Holding a royal title entails various commitments and duties that, sooner or later, will lie with fewer members of the royal household,” she mentioned.

Crown Prince Frederik, the Queen’s older son, is first in line to the throne. His oldest youngster, Prince Christian, is second in line. All 4 of Frederik’s youngsters retain their titles.

His youthful brother, Joachim, lives in Paris together with his spouse, Princess Marie, and their two youngsters, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10. The prince additionally has two older sons, Nikolai, 23, and Felix, 20, from his first marriage to Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. Whereas Joachim’s youngsters will lose their royal titles, they may keep their locations within the order of succession.

The monarch mentioned: “I’ve made my choice as Queen, mom and grandmother, however, as a mom and grandmother, I’ve underestimated the extent to which a lot my youthful son and his household really feel affected. That makes a giant impression, and for that I’m sorry.”

She added: “Nobody must be doubtful that my youngsters, daughters-in-law and grandchildren are my nice pleasure and delight. I now hope that we as a household can discover the peace to search out our method via this case.”

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