The Danish Royal House has announced that as of 1 January 2023, the children of Queen Margrethe’s second son Prince Joachim will no longer be His/Her Highness Prince(ss). Instead, they will be known as Count and Countesses of Monpezat with His/Her Excellency as a style of address. This concerns Princes Nikolai, Felix and Henrik, and Princess Athena.
Queen Margrethe’s decision follows that of the Swedish royal family. In 2019, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden announced that the children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine would lose their HRH. However, they remained styled as Prince/Princess and Duke/Duchess of their respective provinces and retained their place in the line of succession. The children of Crown Princess Victoria retained their HRH.
The announcement from Denmark states that “Her Majesty The Queen wishes to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own lives to a much greater extent without being limited by the special considerations and duties that a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark as an institution involves.” Prince Joachim’s four children will retain their place in the line of succession.1