Today In “You Can Just Do That?” News: Queen Margrethe Of Denmark Stripped Four Of Her Grandchildren Of Their Titles
Now that THE QUEEN is dead and the king of England has not nor will he ever earn a single capital letter from me, it is time to turn our attention to a far more contemporary European constitutional monarchy with a dark colonial past. Unlike the British Royal Family, the Danish Royal Family have been reading the room these past few decades and have kept such a low profile that I seriously thought Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid was next in line for the throne, him being the only Danish Royal I could ever hope to name, even under extreme duress. But according to People, following THE QUEEN’s death, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II is now Europe’s last remaining female monarch, and unlike THE QUEEN, THIS OTHER QUEEN isn’t afraid of shaking the excess fruit from the family tree.
Queen Margrethe, who has sat on the throne since 1972 (this lady really needs some more fiber in her diet) after inheriting the crown from her father King Frederick IX, is taking a page out of the Swedish Royal Family’s book, How To Maintain A Low-Key Monarchy Without Getting All Weird About It, and is stripping four of her grandchildren of their Royal titles so they may one day go out into the world and get high-paid consulting jobs without causing an international incident. According to People:
The Danish royal house just got a lot smaller.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has decided to strip four of her grandchildren of their prince and princess as well as “His/Her Highness” titles, the royal palace announced on Wednesday. The children of Prince Joachim, her second son, will be known instead by His Excellency Count of Monpezat or Her Excellency Countess of Monpezat starting on January 1, 2023.
All four grandchildren — Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10 — maintain their places in the order of succession. They are currently seventh through tenth in the line to the throne.
“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 palace said in the statement.
The Danish palace also noted that “the Queen’s decision is in line with similar adjustments that other royal houses have made in various ways in recent years.” Similarly, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf announced in October 2019 that the children of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill as well as Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia would no longer be official members of the royal house. They retained their titles of prince or princess, but the titles became personal and any future spouses or children will not have a right to them.
Nikolai, Felix, Henrik, and Athena are the children of Prince Joachim, Queen Margrethe’s spare with her title-grubbing late husband Prince Henrik who went to his grave in a bitter-betty 2018 over having been “discriminated against” by not receiving the title of king when Margrethe ascended to the throne. Henrik was so heated that he refused to be buried next to his wife, but hopefully, his children will take it in stride. His brother Crown Prince Frederik is the heir, and he has four children of his own. So really, it’s not like they have a lot to lose other than bragging rights. The best prospect for Joachim’s kids now would be a blank check from Spotify.dk to make podcasts anyway. But I suppose young Henrik might have a shot at getting the title of Prince back if he becomes an actor and eventually lands the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s inevitable live-action remake of an animated remake of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. In any event, crown’s off to THIS OTHER QUEEN, you a real one, dawg.
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