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Politicians in Denmark are writing up plans which appear to limit the number of Queen Margrethe’s grandchildren who receive an annual salary from the state.
With eight royal grandchildren, It has been said that the number who should qualify for a salary paid by the taxpayers should be cut.
Crown Prince Frederik’s eldest son, Prince Christian, will still receive an annual salary as he is heir to the throne. However, the question still remains over the future finances of his three younger siblings, as well as the children of Prince Joachim.
Jakob Elleman-Jensen, a spokesperson for Danish ruling party Venstre said: “Simple mathematics dictate that there needs to be some sort of limit. Otherwise within a few generations there will be several hundred princes and princesses who need an annual salary. Anyone can see that that won’t fly.”
The decision to review the salaries comes as Prince Joachim’s eldest son, Prince Nicolai, approaches his 18th birthday, the age where he qualifies for financial support.
Historically, only heirs to the throne, their spouses and widows qualified to be supported financially by the state. However, when Prince Joachim’s married his ex-wife, Alexandra , the rules were changed to include his family. Politicians now seem to be unhappy about the decision.
Left-wing parties are in favour of returning to the old rules so that only Prince Christian will receive financial support in his capacity as heir to the throne. Right-wing parties say that all of Prince Frederik’s children should get support, however, Prince Joachim’s children should not.
People who support the idea to cut the salaries of the grandchildren say that Queen Margrethe is the only member of the family with any actual obligations.
In addition, Prince Joachim’s ex-wife, Countess Alexandra, still receives 2.3 million kroner ($345,000, £236,000) from the state, despite the couple’s divorce in 2005.
The Danish Royal Family have had money trouble recently.
As previously reported by Royal Central, in 2015, the family spent more money than the income they earned.
Last year, their budget took a loss of 2.5 million kroner – despite receiving 78.4 million kroner from the state, (which is what they receive annually), and 2.5 million in other income.
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