The new royals have decided to cut the number of charities and community groups the royal family can support.

This means that the royal family no longer supports 118 groups. There are now 140 groups left.

Copenhagen Zoo has been dropped from Queen Mary’s list of patronages despite being named after her. 

The Danish Golf Union, the Danish Swimming Union, the Odense Flower Festival, the Greenlandic Christmas Stamp Fund, and the Hearing Association have also been cut.

The royals will only be patrons for five years. After that, the charity or organization must apply to be considered again.

This is the first time since the couple took the throne that a policy has been more important than their differences. 

Royal expert Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen said the changes would upset many and cost the organizations a lot of money.

He thinks the new King and Queen are choosing fewer patronages so they can focus on each one, which he finds “exciting.” 

Now, they have to live up to this. The royals must show they care about their protectorates. He told B.T. that the time limit means they will be active. As Crown Princess, Mary had 36 patronages. Now, as Queen, she has 23, some of which have never been represented by the crown.

The Queen added the Danish Hospital Clowns and WeShelter, which helps vulnerable groups in Denmark.

She has also chosen to represent the Danish Research Council and to stay committed to the UNEP Patron of Biodiversity and the Danish Nature Fund.

The Queen has become the patron of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Danish Cancer Society, and Diakonissestiftelsen, a healthcare organization established in 1863 by Queen Louise.

Just 16 groups from her previous portfolio survived.

King Frederik’s portfolio has changed a lot. He kept eight of his old patronages, even though his total number of patronages dropped from 32 to 27.

The King has taken over 14 of his mother’s patronages, including the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Danish Bible Society, the Sports Confederation of Denmark, the Greenlandic House, and the Royal Danish Geographical Society.

He also became the patron of two organizations: North Atlantic House in Odense and Projekt Koltur on the Faroe Islands. These organizations promote the culture and nature of the Realm, Danish design, science, and culture.

The King is involved in the green agenda as the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial patron. 

His mother, Queen Margrethe, lost many groups and organizations. 

Prince Joachim will represent just 24 groups and organizations, down from 40. Princess Benedikte will also work on a smaller portfolio, dropping from 44 to 25.

Princess Marie, Joachim’s wife, will assume more responsibilities and become the patron of Prince Henrik School and Stop Wasting Food.

She will also take on King Frederik’s patronage of the Danish Dyslexia Association and Queen Mary’s patronage of Hjernesagen, an organization for people affected by brain injuries.

All patronages were suspended on January 14 when Queen Mary and King Frederik became King and Queen.

Since then, the royal household has been discussing how they should be divided and who they should work with.

King Frederik and Queen Mary want to show they will keep working outside their patronages. Each royal’s list of patronages reflects their passions and interests, but it is not complete.

Most of the Royal Family’s yearly official program involves visits to places outside their patronage.