Royal snub: How one King has removed titles from his grandchildren in major royal shake up
Oct. 07, 2019
A ROYAL SHAKE-UP has seen five grandchildren from a noble royal family being removed from the royal house and their titles removed. But how did it happen and what does it mean?
There are 27 active sovereign monarchies in the world who rule or reign over 43 countries in total. Membership in these elite families often comes with the endowment of certain titles which relate to one’s position in the line of succession as well as their responsibilities to the realm their family reigns. But what happened to make one King strip titles from several of his grandchildren today in shake-up of the royal family?
Sweden ’s King Carl XVI Gustaf removed five of his grandchildren from the Royal House today.
This means that while these grandchildren are still part of the Swedish royal family, they are no longer entitled to some of the benefits given to royals.
Being part of the royal family is a term which extends to any and all members of the King’s immediate and extended royal family.
It is a status which is given freely to all relatives, as with any normal person and their relatives.
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But the Swedish King has now essentially exiled these five grandchildren from benefiting from the taxpayer-funded sum that is given to members of the Royal House.
The exiled grandchildren of the Swedish King include the children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and the children of Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O’Neill.
Prince Alexander, Prince Gabriel, Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne will continue to be members of the royal family, but they will no longer enjoy the style of Royal Highness and, in the future, will not be expected to perform duties.
They are the children of the King’s two younger children.
This means that these children, all currently aged between one and five will have more freedom over their actions and choices in the future as they are not recipients of tax-funded money.
These royal grandchildren will not be official representatives of Sweden and its head of state in the same way.
These royal family members will not be expected to perform official duties and therefore can choose to occupy careers if they so choose.
Marshal of the Realm, Fredrik Wersäll, told journalists today that the family had been discussing the possibility of such a change for many years.
Today’s move is not the first of its kind - in fact, the King previously stripped two of his sister’s of their royal statuses.
Princess Margaretha and Princess Christina both lost their status as Royal Highnesses due to what were seen as morganatic or unequal marriages.
King Carl Gustaf’s sister Christina married a non-royal Swedish man while Margaretha married a British businessman.
The two women still hold the Princess titles out of courtesy given to them by the King, but their titles hold no legal significance.
This practice of “exiling” members of the royal house after marrying a non-royal has since been abolished, shown with Princess Madeleine who remained a member of the Royal House despite marrying a non-royal.
Currently, each of the children has two titles: Prince or Princess and Duke or Duchess and they will retain both, with one key difference.
The Prince and Princess titles will become personal, meaning they will not be transferred or inherited by future family members, for example spouses or children.
The titles of Duke and Duchess are hereditary.
The children of heir apparent Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, the King’s eldest daughter, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, aged seven and three respectively, remain part of the Royal House.
While, the fourth-in-line Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist’s children Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel also remain part of the Royal House.
The King’s sister Princess Birgitta, who unlike her two other sisters did marry a prince, is also a member.