A complete timeline of Queen Margrethe's rift with the Danish royal family after she stripped her grandchildren's titles

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Prince Vincent of Denmark, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Prince Felix of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark, and Princess Athena of Denmark in 2018.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Prince Vincent of Denmark, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Prince Felix of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark, and Princess Athena of Denmark in 2018.Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark recently announced plans to remove her grandchildren's royal titles.

  • The Queen's son, Prince Joachim, and her grandson, Nikolai, seem to be against the decision.

  • The monarch later issued an apology and said she wanted to future-proof the monarchy.

On September 29, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced that she plans to remove four of her grandchildren's Danish royal titles in 2023.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark smiles during a visit to Brandenburg Gate on September 10, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Queen Margrethe is in Berlin on a two-day visit.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark smiles during a visit to Brandenburg Gate on September 10, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Queen Margrethe is in Berlin on a two-day visit.Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

As Insider previously reported, the Danish monarch announced via the royal family's website that the children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim of Denmark, will no longer have royal titles in 2023.

The decision affects Prince Nikolai, 23; Prince Felix, 10; Prince Henrik, 13; and Princess Athena, 10. They will still be able to use the titles of counts and countess of Monpezat, according to the statement on the royal website.

According to the statement, the Queen made the decision so her grandchildren would "be able to shape their own lives" without being formally affiliated with the royal household.

Meanwhile, the children of Margrethe's eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Frederik, still have the right to use their royal titles.

Representatives for the royal family of Denmark did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Prince Joachim spoke out against the Queen's decision, saying his four children were upset.

Prince Joachim of Denmark and the Duke of Sussex
Prince Joachim of Denmark and the Duke of Sussex photographed in Copenhagen in 2017.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Joachim released a statement to the Danish media on the day of the Queen's announcement, sharing that his children were upset with their grandmother's decision.

"We are all very sad. It's never fun to see your children being mistreated like that," he told the Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet. "They find themselves in a situation they do not understand."

He also told the outlet he was only given five days' notice regarding his mother's decision, though he had been made aware of Queen Margrethe's intentions to revoke his children's titles at some point in May 2022.

Representatives for Prince Joachim did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Meanwhile, Joachim's eldest son, Prince Nikolai, said he was shocked by the decision.

Prince Nikolai of Denmark
Prince Nikolai of Denmark photographed at royal ship Dannebrog in August 2017.Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

In an interview with Ekstra Bladet on September 29, Nikolai said that he was "in shock" regarding the decision and "very confused as to why it has to happen like this," according to an English translation shared by the New York Post.

Representatives for Prince Nikolai did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Prince Joachim and his wife, Princess Marie, seemed emotional in an interview where they discussed the Queen's announcement.

Princess Marie of Denmark and Prince Joachim of Denmark
Princess Marie of Denmark and Prince Joachim of Denmark.Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

According to an English translation by Hello Magazine, the royal couple appeared tearful when answering questions about the Queen's announcement with the publication B.T. on October 1.

During the interview, a French woman approached the couple to tell them that their children will always be princes and princesses in their eyes, which left "the couple speechless, and they both [began] to cry because they [were] so touched," Hello Magazine reported.

In the interview, Prince Joachim addressed reports that the Queen removed his children's titles to slim down the monarchy. 

"The reality must still be whether you modernize or slim down, it must be done in a proper way. It's about children. Orderliness and children. It is a very heavy matter," he said.

Queen Margrethe issued a public apology, saying she made the decision to future-proof the monarchy.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark waves from the Town Hall balcony after lunch during festivities for her 75th birthday on April 16, 2015.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark waves from the Town Hall balcony after lunch during festivities for her 75th birthday on April 16, 2015.Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Writing on the Danish royal family's website on October 3, Margrethe addressed the "strong reactions" to her decision.

She wrote that royal titles involve commitment and duties that will lie with fewer members of the royal family in the future, which she views as essential to "future-proofing" the monarchy.

"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," Margrethe wrote, adding that her children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren are "my great joy and pride."

"I now hope that we as a family can find the peace to find our way through this situation," she wrote.

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