Denmark’s Queen and Crown Prince visit Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik, the heir to the throne, were among royals and government leaders from across the world to visit Westminster Hall on Sunday for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II.

Denmark’s Queen and Crown Prince visit Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state
Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik pay their respects to the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth during her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall. Photo: Sarah Meyssonnier/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

Images from news wires AFP and Reuters showed the Danish royals at Westminster Hall.

Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja, and King Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden also visited the Queen’s coffin.

Hundreds of royal representatives and government leaders arrived in London this weekend prior to the Queen’s state funeral, which takes place later on Monday.

Guests from around 200 countries will be represented, including 100 government leaders and over 20 royals.

Initial announcements from the Danish palace stated that Crown Princess Mary would also attend the funeral, but her invitation was sent in error. Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik alone will attend from Denmark.

On the day of Queen Elizabeth’s death, September 8th, Queen Margrethe sent her tributes and condolences in a letter addressed to Elizabeth’s son King Charles III.

“You mother was very important to me and my family. She was a towering figure among the European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all. We shall miss her terribly,” Queen Margrethe wrote.

Queen Elizabeth II reigned the United Kingdom for over 70 years and is the longest-serving monarch in the country’s history.

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Denmark’s Prince Joachim says children ‘harmed’ by loss of titles

Prince Joachim, the second son of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, has criticised a decision by the palace to strip his four children of the title of prince and princess.

Denmark’s Prince Joachim says children ‘harmed’ by loss of titles

In a rare episode of public drama in the Danish royal family, Prince Joachim, the Queen’s second son, spoke to Danish media on Thursday to express his disappointment over the decision to remove the titles of ‘prince’ and ‘princess’ from his children as of next year.

Prince Joachim’s four children will no longer be princes or princesses but will retain their other titles as Count or Countess of Monpezat, the royal palace announced on Wednesday. The decision was taken by Queen Margrethe.

“We are all very sad about it. It’s never fun to see your children harmed in this way. They themselves are in a situation they don’t understand,” Prince Joachim told newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

In comments to the paper as well as in a second interview with another newspaper, BT, the prince said the decision to change the children’s titles had been moved forward.

“On May 5th I was presented with a plan. The whole idea was to take my children’s identity from them when they each reach 25 years of age,” he said.

“I was given five days’ warning when the decision was brought forward,” he said.

“I was given five days’ warning on this. To tell my children that their identity will be taken from them at New Year. I am very, very upset to see them sad and uncomprehending as to what is being decided about them,” he said to BT.

Asked how the decision has affected his relationship with his mother, the prince told Ekstra Bladet “I don’t think I need to elaborate on that here”.

Prince Joachim, the younger brother of the heir to the throne Crown Prince Frederik, has four children: Nikolai, age 23 and Felix, age 20, from his first marriage to Countess Alexandra; and Henrik (13) and Athena (10) with his current wife, Princess Marie.

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Prince Nikolai on Thursday also spoke to Ekstra Bladet, saying that “all of my family and I are naturally very upset.”

“We are, as my parents also have said, in shock about this decision and about how quickly it was actually made,” he said.

The palace on Thursday recognised that “many feelings” had been affected by the announcement.

“We understand that there are many feelings on the line at the moment but we hope that the Queen’s wish to secure the future of the royal family will be respected,” the palace’s head of communications, Lene Balleby, told news wire Ritzau.

Queen Margrethe on Wednesday said she had thought over the decision “for a rather long time” and that she believed it “would be good” for the royal grandchildren, Ritzau reported.