Yesterday, news broke that King Carl XVI Gustaf had removed five of his grandchildren's royal highness status. However, this didn't signal Swedish royal family drama: the move was a long-planned family decision, and the affected children (who descend from Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine) will retain prince or princess titles and simply no longer will receive taxpayer funds or have to perform royal duties. The family welcomed the change as an opportunity for its youngest members to have greater choice as private individuals, marking another modernizing event for a monarchy that made their line of succession gender-neutral back in 1980.
As the past century of royal history across the world proves, losing (or simply not receiving) a royal title is a common occurrence, whether for marriage, personal choice, or the changing family dynamics resulting from monarchs (who typically have a lifetime position) having longer life expectancies. Below, see a few names who have preceded the Swedish royals in lessening some family members' official roles.