Against Inherited Prestige

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Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark recently announced that she is stripping some of her grandchildren of their royal titles. These grandchildren are not in direct line to the Danish throne, and they are being demoted to counts and countess. Her reasoning for this is that they need the space to “shape their own existence.” She later apologized for the decision after her grandchildren expressed outrage and claimed that they “can’t understand why their identity is being taken away from them.” This response by the grandchildren speaks volumes—and not in a good way.