Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 82, attended her first royal engagement with her son Crown Prince Frederick following the bombshell of stripping royal titles from her grandchildren of her youngest son. Crown Prince Frederick, 54, and Margrethe were accompanied by Frederick’s wife Crown Princess Mary, 50, in Copenhagen.
The Queen’s decision to remove the titles of Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, was criticised by Prince Joachim, the father of the four children.
He noted that his children were “hurt” by their grandmother’s decision and Margrethe released a statement of apology in an effort to not appear as an ‘ice queen’.
According to BT, a local news outlet, the royals ignored questions from the gathering press about the announcement and instead spoke to each other before entering Christiansborg’, the seat of Danish parliament.
The visit was only hours after the Queen issued a statement of apology, addressing her controversial decision.
The move means that her grandchildren from Prince Joachim will no longer carry the title of Prince or Princess but instead will be Count or Countess of Monpezat which is the birth title of her late husband, Prince Henrik.
The Danish royal household released the statement which read: “I have made my decision as Queen, mother, and grandmother.
“But, as a mother and grandmother, I have underestimated the extent to how much my younger son and his family feel affected.
“That makes a big impression, and for that I am sorry.”
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He also noted that his relationship with his brother Crown Prince Frederik is “complicated” and that since the announcement, his mother has not contacted him.
Mr Sørensen noted that due to such public comments, Margrethe “had to say something”.
He added: “You cannot have members or former members of the royal house constantly speaking in the press about the Queen’s decision and discussing back and forth with each other in full public view.”
The royals presented a united front at the state opening of Parliament in an attempt to brush the drama under the table and draw a line under any further public comments on the matter.