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Prince Frederik and Queen Margrethe II.


Prince Frederik and Queen Margrethe II.

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  • “I myself am interested in the Danish monarchy staying lean over time, so I, therefore, support my mother’s decision,” Crown Prince Frederik has said.
  • His statement refers to Queen Margrethe II’s decision to strip four of her grandchildren of their royal titles.
  • The decision created tension within the firm, but a poll shows the majority of Danes are in favour of the queen’s modern monarchy.

Crown Prince Frederik is defending his mother’s decision to strip four of her grandchildren of royal titles.

Queen Margrethe II made headlines globally when, in an effort to slim down the Danish monarchy and with her grandkids’ best interests at heart, she announced effective from 1 January, her youngest son Prince Joachim’s children will lose their prince/princess and His/Her Highness titles.

The decision created tension within the firm, but the queen and Prince Joachim have since met and said: “Everyone agrees to look forward.”

Now, first in line to the throne, Prince Frederik, said on Thursday while attending an event in Copenhagen: “My mother has made this decision alone, because it is what she can do and it is what she wants, and she thought now was the time to make a decision that I also support and see as the right thing to do,” per B.T.

“I myself am interested in the Danish monarchy staying lean over time, so I, therefore, support my mother’s decision, which she has chosen to make.”

He refuted claims he had not spoken to Prince Joachim after the news broke, adding: “I am in continuous contact with my brother, I always have been, funnily enough, so there is nothing new in whether I have been in contact with him, I am in continuous contact with him.”

He didn’t add much else, calling the situation “a discrepancy in my family” and “a family matter”.

Danish Queen Margrethe II and her younger son Prin

Danish Queen Margrethe II and her younger son Prince Joachim.

The change will not affect the Danish line of succession, and a recent poll shows despite the shake-up, Queen Margrethe II, Europe’s longest-serving monarch, remains as popular as ever.

The majority – 50.6 per cent – of Danes support the queen’s decision, while only 23.3 per cent disagree. 

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