Prince Nikolai of Denmark “confused” by his grandmother’s decision to strip him of the royal title
Prince Nikolai of Denmark talks about his grandmother Queen Margrethe’s decision to strip their current royal titles, along with his three brothers.
The royal palace announced on Wednesday that the children of Prince Joachim, Queen Margrethe’s second son, will no longer have their title of Prince/Princess or the title of “His Highness” from 1 January 2023. Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, will instead be known by Henrik , 13 years old, and Athena, 10 years old, Her Excellency Countess of Monpezate or Her Excellency Countess of Monpezate. They will maintain their places in the order of succession, currently seventh to tenth in line to the throne.
Nikolai spoke with Danish . outlet Extra Bladet outside his home in Copenhagen after the announcement, saying he was “very sad” and “confused”.
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“My whole family and I, of course, are very sad,” he said. “We are, as my parents also mentioned, in shock at this decision and how quickly it was actually made.”
He added: “I’m at a loss as to why this has to happen this way.”
KELD NAVNTOFT / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Prince Nicholas, Queen Margaret and Prince Felix
Nikolai, who is a model and has walked the runway for brands like Dior, said he was not informed of the decision until a few days before the news broke.
“I didn’t count the days, but it couldn’t be a little more than a week,” he said.
Nikolai and Felix are the children of Prince Joachim and his first wife Alexandra, Countess of Fredericksburg. Prince Joachim married Princess Mary in 2008, and they later welcomed Henrik and Athena.
Pascal Le Segretan/Getty Images Prince Nikolai of Denmark
Prince Joachim spoke to the same outlet as his eldest son on Thursday, revealing that he had received “five days’ notice” of changing the surname of his four children.
He said, “We’re all so sad. It’s never fun to see your children being mistreated in this way.” Extra Bladet. “They find themselves in a situation they don’t understand.”
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MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Prince Felix, Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Athena, Prince Henrik and Prince Nikolai
Alexandra, Countess of Fredericksburg, responded to the news shortly after it was announced.
“We are all at a loss. We are saddened and shocked,” Alexandra said in a statement issued by press advisor Helly von Wildnerat Lofgren. Se og Hør. “It comes like a bolt out of the blue. The kids feel ostracized. They can’t understand why their identity has been taken away from them.”
Queen Margrethe explained her decision to reporters, saying: “It’s a consideration I’ve had for a long time and I believe it will be beneficial for them in their future. And that’s why,” according to the British newspaper, The Guardian. Welcome! magazine.
Luca Tuchman/Getty Images Queen Margaret with her grandchildren in 2016
The decision does not concern the four children of Crown Prince Frederick, heir to the throne, from his wife, Crown Princess Mary. Unlike their cousins, Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine will all remain part of the royal family. However, Princess Mary spoke about the decision Friday at the opening of the Sixth International Youth Conference “Reimagining the Mental Health of Young People”.
“I can understand that it’s a very difficult decision to make and a very difficult decision to receive,” Mary said. Welcome! magazine. “Change can be hard and it can be really painful. But that doesn’t mean the decision isn’t the right one.”
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Patrick van Katwick/Getty Images Prince Vincent, Crown Prince Frederick, Princess Isabella, Queen Margaret, Prince Christian, Princess Josephine and Crown Princess Mary
Crown Princess Mary added that changes may be made to her young children one day, with her son Prince Christian, who is currently second in line to the throne behind his father, Crown Prince Frederick, as king.
“We will also look at our children’s nicknames when the time comes,” she said. “Today we do not know what the royal house will look like in the time of the Christians, or when the time of Christian begins to approach.”
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