Swedish king removes 5 of his grandkids from royal house

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Sweden’s king has removed five of his grandchildren from the country’s royal house, meaning they will no longer receive taxpayer funds. King Carl XVI Gustaf announced his grandchildren will no longer perform official duties, but will retain their titles of duke sand duchesses.
The move includes the two children of the king’s son, Prince Carl Philip, and the three kids of his daughter Princess Madeleine. Crown Princess Victoria, the king’s oldest child and heir to the throne, her husband Prince Daniel and their two children are not affected by the changes. BBC quoted royal expert Roger Lundgren as saying that the decision followed scrutiny over the increasing number of royals. “Parliament announced a few years ago that it would have a review of some principles regarding the monarchy. One thing was the size of the family,” he told BBC.
CNN said on Tuesday that Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip welcomed the news in statements posted on Instagram. Princess Madeleine said the change had been “planned for a long time”, and that it gave their kids a “greater opportunity to shape their own lives as private individuals”. Prince Carl Philip said the development would give his two sons “freer choices in life”, according to a CNN report.
The news prompted Republic, a movement advocating for an elected head of state in the UK, to call for the British monarchy to cut down costs. “At least they’ve done something,” Graham Smith, CEO of the organisation, said. “We only need one head of state and the cost ought to be cut back to one annual salary for the Queen and no one else.”
Lundgren, speaking to BBC, also compared the move to reports that the UK’s Prince of Wales wanted to “streamline the royal family”.

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