Controversy over title withdrawal settled?
The Danish royals stand together again

In September, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II announced that her son Joachim’s children would be stripped of their titles of prince and princess. The decision caused shocking reactions. New family photos now suggest harmony has returned to the Danish royal family.

Is there harmony again in the Danish royal family? At least that’s what the new family photos that the royals have posted to their website and social media suggest.

The four children of Crown Prince Frederick and Mary can still call themselves Prince and Princess.

(Photo: Per Morten Abrahamsen)

Both photos were taken in the Knight’s Hall of Christian IX’s castle. in Amalienborg. The occasion was the fiftieth jubilee of Queen Margrethe II, and traditionally new portraits are made for royal celebrations. The photos show the 82-year-old regent surrounded by her family. Margrethe II poses for a portrait with her two sons and their wives: Crown Prince Frederick with Crown Princess Marie and Prince Joachim with his wife Marie. In the second image, Margaret can only be seen with the crown couple, Frederick and Mary of Denmark.

A dispute over the withdrawal of property rights from the sons of Joachim

The new photos trace rifts in the Danish royal family. In September 2022, Margaret II publicly announced that Joachim’s children would be deprived of their titles of prince and princess. From 2023, Nikolai, Felix, Henrik, and Athena may only call themselves Count or Countess of Monpezat. The Queen wanted her grandchildren to be able to “shape their own lives”.

The decision caused internal irritation. The Queen lamented the shocking reaction of those affected. But she stuck with the decision to reorganize the royal family and make it more modern.

In any case, Margrethe II had to spend Christmas without her children in Aarhus at Marselisborg Palace. Crown Prince Frederick was staying with his family in his native Mary, Australia. Joachim and his family also spent holidays abroad.

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