The grandchildren of the Danish queen officially lost the titles of princes and princesses
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The website of the Danish Royal Family has been updated and Prince Joachim's children are no longer princes or princesses by decision of Queen Margrethe.
The Danish Royal Family has updated their website following a change of titles. Queen Margrethe II deprived the four children of Joachim of the titles of princes and princesses. Now on the site they wear count titles and are referred to as “their excellencies.” The Daily Mail writes about this.
Queen Margrethe, 82, announced in September that the four children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim, 53, would no longer be able to enjoy the titles of prince and princess after January 1.
She said the decision was made to in order to allow 23-year-old Nicholas, 20-year-old Felix, born from Joachim's first marriage, and 13-year-old Henrik and 10-year-old Athena to live normal lives without royal obligations.
Instead of being princes and princesses, they have become counts and countesses and are now referred to as “Their Excellencies” – this change is now reflected on the royal family's website.
On the pages of the Royal Family and Succession to the Throne website, four young members of the royal family who retained their positions in the line of succession are mentioned with their new titles.
Prince Joachim protested publicly, but his mother was relentless.
In her televised New Year's address, Queen Margrethe admitted: “It hurts me that my relationship with Prince Joachim and his wife, Princess Marie, has run into trouble. Difficulties and disagreements can arise in any family, including mine. The whole country has witnessed this.”
She added that “I am sure that the family will be able to enter the new year with confidence, understanding and courage.”
And last night, the royal family gathered together for a New Year's Eve dinner at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.
Prince Joachim was seen at a luxurious event with his wife, Princess Marie, as well as his brother, Crown Prince Frederik and wife Crown Princess Mary, and the Queen's sister Princess Benedict.
Last year, Prince Joachim spoke out publicly against his mother's decision, claiming that his children had suffered because of their grandmother's decision and lost his “individual sexuality”.