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Queen Margrethe of Denmark makes major announcement regarding grandchildren's royal titles

The royal made a drastic change

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Phoebe Tatham
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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced a major change to the titles of Prince Joachim's children and their descendants.

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As of 1 January, the Queen has ruled that Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena will have their royal titles removed. She added that the royal children will be styled as Count/Countess of Monpezat.

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Despite the drastic change, Queen Margrethe has confirmed that all four royal children will maintain their places in the order of succession.

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The Danish Royal Court said in the statement that "The Queen's decision is in line with similar adaptations that other royal houses have implemented in different ways in recent years."

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Queen Margrethe has eight grandchildren

In the press release shared on Wednesday, the royal family's director of communication said: "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 Queen's update comes after she tested positive for COVID-19 last week after she made an appearance at Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral.

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According to the royal court, the 81-year-old was forced to cancel her planned winter holiday in Norway which she should have started last Wednesday.

The royal, who has reigned for half a century, reportedly suffered from mild symptoms during her isolation period at Fredesnborg Castle.

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The royal attended Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral

Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik were among royals and government leaders from across the world to take part in the historic occasion. The Danish royals were spotted on the front row, directly opposite King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla.

During the moving service, members of the British royal family reunited to honour the Queen and her impressive legacy.

Among those attending were the Queen's children – King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – and their partners, the Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and the Countess of Wessex.

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