Explaining the recent drama of the royal family of Denmark

If you thought England’s royal family was dramatic, please turn your attention to Denmark where things are a real mess. According PeopleQueen Margrethe II has just stripped her grandchildren of their prince/princess titles, and their mother is… not thrilled.

Queen Margrethe’s decision only impacts her second the children of Prince Joachim; Nikolai, Félix, Henrik and Athéna – all of whom will henceforth be known as “His Excellency the Count of Monpezat” or “Her Excellency the Countess of Monpezat”.

Queen Margrethe told reporters (via Good morning! Magazine), “It’s a consideration I’ve had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future. That’s the reason.” She also replied “Yes, of course” when asked if the decision was for the good of her grandchildren.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

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Meanwhile, The Express reports that Alexandra Countess of Frederiksborg (aka Prince Joachim’s first wife / Nikolai and Felix’s mother) has made a statement questioning the Queen’s decision.

“We are all confused by the decision,” she said. “We are saddened and in shock. It comes like a thunderclap. The kids feel ostracized. They can’t understand why their identity is being taken away from them.”

prince nikolai of denmark celebrates his 18th birthday at the royal ship dannebrog
Countess Alexandra of Denmark with Nikolai and Felix.

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To make things equal After awkward, Queen Margrethe was apparently asked about Alexandra’s whole claim ~feeling ostracized~, and said “Well you have to see how you…I haven’t seen it myself, I have to say.”

The Palace previously issued a statement announcing the title change, saying “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 restricted by the special considerations and duties involved in formal affiliation to the Royal House of Denmark as an institution.”

Again, this decision doesn’t apply to Queen Margrethe’s first child and heir to the throne, Crown Prince Frederik, whose children will continue to be princes and princesses. 🙃