The 15 Royals You Don’t Know But Should
There are plenty of players besides the "Fab Four."
Given the amount of media attention (guilty!) devoted to the “Fab Four”—Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle—it’s easy to forget there are plenty of other royals out there whose family dramas, great wardrobes, and adventure-filled lives are just as compelling.
So if you’re in need of a royal fix, see here for a list of 15 other His and Her Highnesses whom you just might want to read up on. Trust us: you won’t be disappointed! And for more insight into the halls of power, meet the 10 Royal Families Richer Than the British Royals.
King Felipe of Spain
King Felipe VI ascended the throne in June 2014 upon the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos. Besides presiding over his kingdom, the 50-year-old’s most important job in recent months seems to be the part of referee between his mother, Sofía, and wife, Letizia.
Last spring, Queen Letizia appeared alongside her mother-in-law in a show of public reconciliation after a video emerged of the two women clashing on-camera publicly at an Easter mass. The video that made headlines in Europe showed Letizia physically blocking a photograph being taken of Sofía with her granddaughters. Felipe, who has been mending fences ever since, is a very involved father to the couple’s two daughters: Princesses Leonor, born in 2005, and Sofía, born in 2007 and is frequently photographed with them on various family outings.
Queen Letizia of Spain
Felipe’s wife is considered to be the great beauty of the Spanish royal family—and clearly is a strong personality. Letizia (who is also considered something of a royal style icon) gave up her career as journalist and CNN news anchor when she married Felipe in 2004. If you like drama—and great fashion—this woman belongs on your radar.
Queen Rania of Jordan
The queen married King Abdullah II on June 10, 1993, and has four children. Social media savvy royal uses YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to promote her myriad of charitable causes.
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece
Now in New York City while studying at Parsons School of Design, the 21-year-old loves the luxe life and is frequently photographed enjoying herself with equally posh pals Paris and Nicky Hilton, Poppy Delavignge, and royal cousin Talita von Furstenberg.
Talita von Furstenberg
By the time she was 18 years old, Talita had graced the pages of Teen Vogue and done her fair share of runway modeling. Fashion was literally in her genes. Her grandmother is designer and CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg. But the teenager is a young woman of substance and style: she spent her high school semesters on the debate team and currently attends Georgetown University.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden
Princess Madeleine is married to British-born American financier Christopher O’Neill and has three children: daughter Princess Leonore, son Prince Nicolas, and new baby Princess Adrienne. According to the Swedish publication Svensk Damtidning, the picture perfect family is currently renting a house in Miami in a gated community protected by guards. The photogenic princess, who used to live in New York, has served as a member of Childhood’s Swedish board of directors since February 2016 and is an honorary board member of Childhood USA.
Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi
The royal fashionista is a granddaughter of the late Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and American actress Grace Kelly. She is the official equestrian ambassador of Gucci. Her riding clothes are exclusively designed by the Italian design house’s creative director, Frida Giannini.
Andrea is the eldest child of Princess Caroline and Stefano Casiraghi, a businessman who died in a racing accident in 1990. He is also grandchild of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and Grace Kelly. In 2008, Forbes placed him 10th on their “20 Hottest Young Royals” list. Casiraghi, fluent in several languages, is quite the sportsman and loves the usual royal leisure pursuits including skiing, riding, and water sports. We’ve also been told he collects Swatch watches. And for more young names you should know, meet the The 10 Most Eligible Royals Right Now.
Princess Masako of Japan
Masako Owada first met Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, while studying at the University of Tokyo. The prince was smitten right off the bat, but Masako refused to marry the royal at first because it would force her to give up her career in diplomacy. She finally accepted his third proposal and they married in 1993. The couple has one child, Aiko, born in 2001.
Princess Victoria of Sweden
The princess first met Daniel Westling in 2002 when he was her personal trainer who helped her regain her health, after a reportedly serious issue with an eating disorder. The two fell in love and married eight years later. In marrying Victoria, Daniel officially became Prince of Sweden and Duke of Västergötland. The couple, who have met with Prince William and Kate Middleton on official state visits, currently have two children.
Princess Ameerah of Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian princess, who graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in business administration, was raised by her divorced mother and her grandparents. She met Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal when she was 18 while conducting an interview for a school paper. She became the prince’s fourth wife when they married in 2008. The couple divorced in November 2013. She has advocated for women in Saudi Arabia to gain the right to drive, access to equal inheritance, and custody of their children after getting divorced. Last month, the dark haired beauty married billionaire Khalifa Bin Butti Al Muhairi in a lavish ceremony reportedly attended by Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King.
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
The athletic prince lives in central Stockholm with his wife, Princess Sofia, and two sons, Prince Alexander, born in 2016, and Prince Gabriel, born in 2017.
Crown Prince Hamdan of Dubai
This prince sounds like a character concocted in Disney’s studio. The dashing and handsome Prince Hamdan shares pictures of his travels and adventures (he’s a semi-professional skydiver, diver, and horse rider) with his 5.7 million Instagram followers. He also writes poetry about love and his family.
Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
The Australian-born royal is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Frederik is the heir apparent to the throne, which means that should Frederik succeed, she will automatically become Queen of Denmark. The Danish royal has a chic, elegant style not unlike Kate Middleton’s (and also bears a slight resemblance to her) and is favorite subject in Europe’s royalty-obsessed media. She often appears at official events with their four children Princess Isabella (11), twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine (7), and Prince Christian (13).
Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter might seen like the crabby old aunt who wears crazy hats now, but, back in the day, she lived a life that rivaled any Aaron Spelling mini-series. When she was 23, she was the target of a foiled kidnapping while in a car on the way to Buckingham Palace. The avid horsewoman competed in the Olympics (like her daughter Zara Phillips) and was the subject of a tabloid scandal when love letters written to her by her then lover Timothy Laurence (whom she later married in 1992) were stolen while she was unhappily married to her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. The contents were never revealed but it was enough to force the Palace into admitting that Anne’s marriage was over.
These days, Anne can always be counted on to speak her mind when the rest of the British royals just smile and look good for the cameras. She recently admitted she hates royal walkabouts now because it’s all about selfies and shaking hands—something she refuses to do. “We never shook hands,” she said in the recent documentary about her mother, Queen of the World. “The theory was that you couldn’t shake hands with everybody, so don’t start.” She’s still as fascinating as she was when she was the one making the headlines long before her nephews William and Harry came along.
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