- Aug 21, 2017
It is a good letter. I liked it because she tells her love for Joachim's family, something that was lacking in the previous days.
I'm sure that it won't be a popular comment here, but from the very beginning I thought it would be fair to quit the titles of the two younger Federik and Mary's children. They will never be king or queen of Denmark and will have to live by their own means just like Joachim's children. It would be fair to keep the prince or princess title only for the heir and the next in line. And do it now.
When there was a little interview and Mary was asked about what would be her thoughts if her own children were in the same situations Joachim's children are, she acted like she hadn't understood the question and said something like "she didn't know what things were going to be like in Christian's time". She is sure that her own children are going to be untouched not only during QM's time but during her husband's time too. It didn't sound well to me.
I'm glad Margrethe said to her younger son and her grandchildren she is sorry about what they are feeling because she loves them. I think that if she takes the same decision about her other grandchildren and even her own sister, it would be better for all her family.
However, all the others you are mentioning are not in the same position as Joachim's children: they are children of the (previous/current/future) monarch while Joachim's children are grandchildren of a monarch. Unless she decides to strip Joachim and Marie from their titles, there is no reason to touch the titles of others who are in a similar position as them. And giving in to public sulking by removing titles from those in a very different position just to appease those that ran to the media because they didn't agree with her decision as queen, would be the wrong signal imho.
Also, given that both Benedikte and Joachim still act as Rigsforstander from time to time, they are clearly still actively participating in royal duties for the Danish royal house - unlike Joachim's children who are not expected to take on such important role. And it is not unthinkable that Christian's siblings will also be appointed rigsforstander from time to time, when they are old enough to do so. Of course, Frederik's grandchildren (other than those by his heir Christian) should be treated the same way Joachim's children are treated now - so, no highnesses but just a title of nobility (or no title at all).
Moreover, as I pointed out before, I cannot think of a country in which a distinction is made between the immediate spare and the other siblings (spares of the spare) (other than when some are in the line of succession and others are no longer) - and I wouldn't recommend the Danish royal family starting with it either.