Queen Margrethe of Denmark has stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles, the Danish royal household has announced.
The monarch, 82, has removed prince and princess as well as 'His/Her Highness' titles from Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, who are the children of her second son, Prince Joachim.
A statement on Wednesday said Queen Margrethe hopes the move will allow the siblings to 'shape their own lives without being limited by the special considerations and duties’ that a formal affiliation with the Danish Royal Family involves.
Speaking later that day, Margrethe, who recently attended the Queen's funeral, said: 'It is a consideration I have had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future. That is the reason.'