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 The de­ci­sion doesn’t af­fect Princess Estelle (L) and Prince Os­car, kids of Crown Princess Vic­to­ria (C), the king’s old­est child and heir to the throne. The king an­nounced that five of his grand­chil­dren will no longer per­form of­fi­cial du­ties, mean­ing they will no longer re­ceive tax­payer funds

two chil­dren are not af­fected by the changes. BBC quoted royal ex­pert Roger Lund­gren as say

ing 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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