Swedish royals: Five of King’s grandchildren no longer official members

The children will keep their titles of prince/princess and duke/duchess, but won’t be expected to perform royal duties, Fredrik Wersäll, marshal of the realm, said in a statement on the Swedish Royal Court’s website Monday.

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The only two grandchildren of King Carl Gustaf who were excluded from the move are the children of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria — Princess Estelle and her younger brother, Prince Oscar.

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The parents of the five, Prince Carl Philip and his wife, Princess Sofia — father and mother to Alexander and Gabriel — and Princess Madeleine and her husband, Christopher O’Neill, who are the parents of Leonore, Nicolas and Adrienne, welcomed the change on social media.

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In an Instagram post on Monday, Princess Madeleine — the youngest of King Gustaf’s three children — said the change had been “planned for a long time,” adding that it gives their children a “greater opportunity to shape their own lives as private individuals.”

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Her brother, Prince Carl Philip, also welcomed the news on Instagram, saying it would give his sons, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel, “freer choices in life.”

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King Carl Gustaf and his wife, Queen Silvia, have three children — Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine.

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In 1980, the Swedish monarchy became the first to change its rules of succession so that the first-born child of the monarch is heir to the throne, regardless of gender.

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