By Beau Cline
Margrethe II of Denmark has just renounced her son, Prince Joachim, children of their royal titles. These titles being Prince and Princess, and His or Her Majesty. Their new titles will be Count or Countess of Monpezat. Prince Joachim expressed that his kids have been bullied following the sudden change in their titles.
So what was the Queen thinking when she made this rash decision. The idea behind striping their titles is to help preserve the future of their monarchy. “My decision has been a long time coming. With my 50 years on the throne, it is natural both to look back and to look ahead. It is my duty and my desire as Queen to ensure that the monarchy always shapes itself in keeping with the times. Sometimes, this means that difficult decisions must be made, and it will always be difficult to find the right moment,” the Queen stated. Even though it seems like she has randomly decided to strip the titles, this has been an ongoing thought in the Queen’s mind. This “adjustment” was to try and help the kids live a more normal life, and to try and let them control their future, rather than having their life decided by the Monarch.
How will this affect the royal family in the future? Now the royal family’s strict rules, and duties will be confined to a smaller group of people, putting less stress on the family in the future. The first in line for the throne stays with her first son Prince Fredriclk, along with his son Prince Christan who is second in line. Prince Fredericlk’s children will retain their royal titles still. So only her younger son’s children will be the only to lose their titles, but they keep their order of succession.
A quote by the Queen sums her feelings up perfectly, “I have made my decision as Queen, mother and grandmother, but, as a mother and grandmother, I have underestimated the extent to which much my younger son and his family feel affected. That makes a big impression, and for that I am sorry.” Though she feels bad, she believes that this is the right decision for the longevity of the royal family.