Swedish palace: 5 grandchildren retain titles but no duties

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with their children, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish royal palace says five grandchildren of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf will no longer perform official duties and will not be part of the royal household.

The palace says the step covers the children of the monarch’s son Prince Carl Philip and his daughter Princess Madeleine.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden (R, with her children Leonore, Prince Nicolas, and Princess Adrienne.

Fredrik Wersall, the royal court’s top official, said Monday that the children will retain their titles of duke and duchess, which were bestowed by the king.

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.

King Carl XVI Gustaf (R); his daughter, Crown Princess Victoria (L); and her eldest child, Princess Estelle (C).