While the British rule, monarchies all over the world garner just as much prestige, and so do their duchesses, princesses, and queens. To be sure, there are 29 monarchies spread across 43 nations. Let’s look at all of the world’s fabulous royal women and their lives of privilege and decorum.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden
Princess Madeleine is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. At birth, she was third in line, but now she is seventh in succession to the throne. Her complete title is Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland. She was given the honorary title at her christening at The Royal Palace due to her godparents’ lineage.
In 2013, Princess Madeleine married British-American financier Christopher O’Neill. Their children are Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas, and Princess Adrienne. The princess is a patron of Min Stora Dag, a Swedish Make-A-Wish Foundation. The family now resides in Florida.
Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Eugenie is new to the royal spotlight. The royal wedding with Jack Brooksbank in 2018 excited the British with a new royal to fawn over. But she’s been part of Britain’s royal family ever since she was born into it as the third granddaughter of the late Queen Elizabeth. She was Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York. Her mum is Fergie and her grandad’s the late Prince Philip, her line to the sovereign.
She met her prince on a 2010 ski trip in Switzerland. Brooksbank finally proposed to the Princess on a trip to Nicaragua in 2018. It sent her “over the moon.” They married that same year in grand form at Windsor Castle in St. George’s Chapel. It’s not easy balancing civilian and royal duties. As a modern princess, she does her best working at an art gallery in London as Associate Director. Married to a commoner, her official title is now, Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank.
Alessandra de Osma, Princess Christian of Hanover
This Peruvian beauty, whose family is of German and Spanish descent, is linked to a long list of prominent descendants. Alessandra de Osma became a model, an attorney, and a handbag designer before she became a princess. A very modern princess, indeed.
In 2018, she and Germany’s Prince Christian of Hanover, second in line to the throne, were married. They first met in 2005. Their fabulous wedding, held in a lovely 17th baroque building in Lima, Peru, stretched three days and carried Princess Eugenie Kate Moss and Princess Beatrice. The reception was held at the family’s Museo de Osma in Barranco, a museum of Peruvian art.
Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand
Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is a modern princess. She’s a princess who balances her royal duties with a career while being involved in normal activities, just like her subjects. As a modern, Princess Sirivannavari is way ahead of her royal peers. She is the daughter of King Vajiralongkorn, the king of Thailand.
She played professional badminton, but not before winning the gold with her team at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. Additionally, Sirivannavari trains six days a week as an equestrian and achieved a career in the fashion industry. Not only that, she earned it. After completing an undergraduate degree in Bangkok, she went on to finish a master’s degree in fashion in Paris. Forbes ranked her one of the “20 Hottest Young Royals” in 2009. Oh, and she’s a poet, too.
Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco
Eleventh in line for the throne of Monaco, Princess Charlotte is the daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover and Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi. She is also the great-granddaughter of American film legend Grace Kelly, who was married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Charlotte’s great-grandfather.
She recently released a book called Archipelago of Passions, a literary work that was co-written with her philosophy professor Robert Maggiori. The Princess Philosopher also co-founded Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco in 2015. Princess Charlotte recently married film producer Dimitri Rassam at the age of 32. Dimitri is 37, and the son of Bond girl Carole Bouquet. The newlyweds share an infant baby boy named Balthazar who is her second child. The engagement was announced over a year ago.
Queen Rania of Jordan
This highly educated and widely respected Muslim woman is Queen of Jordan and hip to the world. Queen Rania reins across the social media world on Twitter, FB, and Instagram. Yes, she’s the one with four million Instagram followers. Born in Kuwait to a Palestinian family, Queen Rania met Prince Abdullah of Jordan in 1993, and they married after a six-month courtship. In 1999 she was crowned Queen.
Queen Rania is widely respected for her outreach work. She is known for her dedication to education, health, and cross-cultural dialogue. She’s a former Apple and Citibank employee. Her wardrobe creates a global fashion sensation. Her Majesty the Queen of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is also a human rights advocate.
Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
Fashion icon Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan is adored by Asians so much that she’s attracted the media nickname “the Kate Middleton of Bhutan.” Her beauty comes before her and is revered throughout the East.
Her husband is celebrated for his good looks too. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck made Jetsun Bhutan’s youngest queen when they married in 2011. She was just 21 years old. Together they have one son, Jigme Namgyal, who is heir to the throne. The Queen is a staunch supporter of the environment.
Princess Claire Lademacher of Luxembourg
Frankfurt-born Princess Claire of Luxembourg met her charming prince at boarding school. Her father is Jartmut Lademacher, a wealthy telecommunication company owner. Though her father owned two castles, she did not officially become a princess until she married Prince Felix of Luxembourg, second in line to the throne.
Princess Claire is a bioethics researcher who has worked for UNESCO. As a strong academician, in 2012 she delivered a dissertation about organ donation at Regina Apostolorum, in Rome. She speaks English, French, and Italian outside her native German. As her Royal Highness, she and Prince Felix have resided in the South of France on a winery in Lorgues. As of 2017, they moved to Geneva, Switzerland. They have two children. Princess Amalia and Prince Liam of Nassau.
Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco
One of the most beautiful princesses in the world was Grace Kelly. The Golden Age of Hollywood film icon met Prince Rainer III in 1955. Her stately beauty and spellbinding screen presence also wooed the prince. The couple married at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in 1956. Memorably, the couple ceremoniously left the cathedral waving from the backseat of a new convertible Rolls Royce, a wedding gift from the people of Monaco. With natural elegance, she was perfectly suited to royalty.
Grace Kelly’s last film was 'High Society', a musical with Bing Crosby. Afterward, she became Princess Grace and left the screen for her royal duties. Sadly, she died tragically at age 52. Prince Rainer never remarried and was buried next to her in 2005.
Queen Letizia of Spain
The Queen of Spain has been ruling fashion trends worldwide ever since her royal wedding to Prince Felipe of Asturias at the Cathedral Santa Maria la Real do la Almudena in Madrid. The ceremony in May of 2004 marked the first time a royal wedding was performed at that cathedral. It was also a momentous occasion because it had been almost a century since Madrid celebrated a royal marriage. Her Prince was anointed King of Spain, and she became Queen of Spain in 2014. She is the first Spanish Queen who was born as a commoner.
Letizia came to royalty after studying journalism and working for news outlets like Bloomberg and CNN+. Later she was promoted to anchor of Spain’s largest newscast. Her duties now include working at the UN as the Ambassador of Nutrition.
Princess Keisha Omilana of Nigeria
African American Princess Keisha Omilana was a model and an actress before she met her prince. Now she’s a philanthropist who owns and operates a media company. Most exciting is the California-born princess’s romantic meetup story with her true love.
It all happened because she got lost on the way to a modeling gig. The young man noticed her from the window of a business meeting at the W. He left to go see the woman. After chatting for 45 minutes, he said, “You are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Would you do me the honor of having your number?”. Keisha said no and left, but then returned to find him waiting for her. So, the “guy” turns out to be Prince Kunle Omilana of Nigeria. A month later, they married and now live happily ever after. As a princess living outside of Nigeria, she says doesn’t have official duties other than “keeping my husband and son feeling healthy and loved.”
Princess Mako of Japan
Princess Mako is the oldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and the niece of Emperor Naruhito. But Princess Mako has a dilemma. She must relinquish her title and leave the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law, once she marries her prince.
In this case, Princess Mako fell in love with Japanese commoner Kei Komuro. They were both studying at the International Christian University when she met him. The Imperial Household Agency announced the couple’s engagement in 2017, but it has been postponed until 2020 because the groom’s mother is going through a financial dispute over her son’s university expenses. To make matters worse, the Japanese Imperial Family disapproves of such sordid affairs. For now, she is known as Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako, but things may change.
Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia
This California-born Saudi princess is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia. Princess Deena has a fashion flair that demands attention. She married into the Saudi royal family in 1998 wedding Prince Sultan bin Fahad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz. Together, they have a daughter and twin boys. Her father is a Saudi American economist, and so she grew up between the Middle East and the West Coast.
The modern princess juggles three children and a major international fashion company. After attending several international fashion shows, she founded her own business called D’NA in 2006. It’s an exclusive website that requires membership or a personal invitation from the princess to shop. With the D'NA store, she’s introduced such names as Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou, and Erdem to the fashion world.
Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Beatrice is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and she is the granddaughter of the late Queen Elizabeth. Her older sister is Princess Eugenie. Princess Beatrice advocates for UNICEF and other children’s groups.
Princess Beatrice got engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi from Italy in 2018 however only in 2020 they were able to take their values and tie the knot.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
Wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene of Monaco was born Charlene Lynette Wittstock in what is now Zimbabwe. At a young age, her athleticism was clear. She swam competitively all the way to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where her relay team finished fifth.
She came in first with Prince Albert, but they kept their relationship secret for six years. When they attended the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden to Daniel Westling in 2010, rumors sparked with wild anticipation. Days later, the Palace of Monaco announced the couple’s engagement. Now they have twins; Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser of Qatar
Sheikha Mozah was 18 when she married Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, becoming his second of now three wives. Who knows why he picked a third wife, she’s fabulous! She was studying Sociology at Qatar University when they met. After earning a bachelor’s degree, she went on to receive a master’s in public policy. Putting her studies to work, she has become a prominent supporter of initiatives for education, women, and children. She fights domestic violence and has launched the first battered and abused women’s shelter in the area.
Among her many accolades and achievements from the UN and other organizations, she is perhaps better known for her statements in high fashion. As one of the most glamorous royals in the world, Sheikha Mozah is admired for her savvy wardrobe styles and is recognized everywhere for her trademark hijab fashions.
Princess Ameera Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia
The beautiful Princess Ameera married Khalifa bin Butti Al Muhairi, a Saudi billionaire at a private ceremony in Paris with a guest list that included the likes of Oprah Winfrey. But that’s not how she became a princess.
Her first husband was Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a Saudi family royal and one of the richest men in the world. She was his fourth wife. After an amicable divorce in 2013, the princess went on to support nonprofit organizations for Saudi women’s rights and high-profile leaders like the Clintons and the British royal family. Even as a commoner, albeit a very wealthy one, she’s still endearingly referred to as “Princess Ameera.”
Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Crown Princess Mette-Marit is first in the line of succession to the throne. She came to royalty as a commoner from a background that caused Norwegians to question her right to royalty. She was a single mom with a young son when she met her prince, Crown Prince Haakon, heir apparent to the throne. He married her in 2001 at the Oslo Cathedral.
Princess Mette-Marit is known for her philanthropic work and as a tireless leader of humanitarian causes as well as a great supporter of the arts. The Prince and Princess have two children together, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus.
Princess Myra Madihah of Malaysia
This lovely princess is also a modern one. She has a master’s degree in real estate development and investments. Princess Myra of Malaysia is the royal daughter of Besar Kecil of Negeri. She learned royal etiquette from her stately mother, Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah.
Her passion is running an event management company called The Circles Events. It has hosted some of Malaysia’s biggest and most exquisite events. She and her husband Iskandar Jaafar-Greaves held an anniversary event to celebrate ten years of marriage. She is a devoted wife.
Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark
Princess Tatiana was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to a German father and a Slovenian mother, and was raised in Switzerland. She married Prince Nikolaos, son of Constantine II, deposed King of Greece. They were wed in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in 2010. If you’re not yet confused, she is also Princess of Denmark, because her Prince Nikolaos is the prince of Greece and Denmark.
Educated in Switzerland and at Georgetown, pretty Princess Tatiana worked as an event planner and publicity consultant. And, she doesn’t really feel like a princess. She says, “It’s a privilege, and an honor to be part of the family,” but, “I do not feel like a princess. I do not feel that I married a prince, with a title. Well actually, yes, he is my prince, but nothing more.” She says she enjoys her simple life in Greece. She loves to help the Greek people. Sometimes she donates her time to a local soup kitchen to help feed a population that has been struggling with poverty for years.
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco gained her title after marrying King Mohammed VI. She is the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to receive a royal title. They have two children, one prince, and one princess. Their son is Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, heir to the throne. Princess Khadija is his younger sister.
Princess Lalla is notoriously shy about being in public, but she was spotted in NYC near Central Park with her two children in September. However, after years of speculation, she is indeed no longer married to the King. Although she kept a low profile as Princess of Morocco, she supported women’s causes, cancer prevention, and HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa. She was named Goodwill Ambassador to the WHO for Cancer Care, Promotion, and Prevention.
Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg
Her Royal Highness Princess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg is quite a title. It was granted after Princess Stephanie married Grand Duke Guillaume in 2012. He is the heir apparent to the throne, which means someday her title may be Queen Stephanie.
In 2016, when pregnancy speculation swirled, Princess Stephanie said, “I don’t have any plans to become a mother. For the moment, I’m enjoying spending time with my husband.” All that has changed. The exciting news came out on the 6th of December 2019. The royal infant is expected in May! They have been married for seven years.
Princess Mary of Denmark
Princess Mary is in line to be Queen of Denmark. She was not born royal, but she married Crown Prince Frederik who will inherit the throne as King of Denmark one day. The couple’s fairy tale romance swooned the Danish people who followed the couple wildly. After sharing their vows in 2004, there are now four young princes and princesses between them. The eldest prince is heir to the throne of the small European nation.
Princess Mary also holds the title of Countess of Monpezat. And she holds a double bachelor’s degree in commerce and law, as well as a degree in advertising.
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark
Princess Theodora is a British actress who lives in Los Angeles and a Londoner who is ninth in line for the throne in Greece. If you’re looking for her name in the credits, however, look for her stage name, Theodora Greece. Princess Theodora was born in London as the fourth of five children to Greek King Constantine II and Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark. The Greek monarchy is now defunct ever since the King was exiled in 1973, but royals hold on to their titles.
In Hollywood, the princess has been starring in The Bold and the Beautiful, one of the longest-running soaps in the industry. But before taking to the screen, she received a bachelor’s in theater arts at Brown University. Recently, she posted to Instagram this message: “Words can’t express our happiness and excitement. I can’t wait to marry this wonderful man. I love you Matt.” Royals from across the continent will come together as Matthew Kumar, an attorney from L.A., is married into Princess Theodora’s regal family.
Princess Claire of Belgium
Princess Claire is a British-born citizen from the City of Bath in Somerset. At the age of three, her family relocated to Belgium. Claire Coombs met Prince Laurent in 2000, at a mutual friend’s house, and by 2002, their engagement was announced at the Royal Palace. The couple has three children; one princess and two princes.
Claire studied to be a surveyor and worked for a surveying firm after completing her education. While she attends official state functions and events alongside her husband, she has no official role, as do her two sisters-in-law Princess Astrid and Queen Mathilde. Controversially, her Prince Laurent, younger brother to King Phillipe, has been acting out in public, causing himself to be isolated within his royal family. Princess Claire has to deal with the brunt of it.
Princess Sonam Dechen Wangchuck of Bhutan
Princess Sonam is a formidable royal, inside and out. As the daughter of King Bhutan, the fourth king of Bhutan, her grace and beauty are only outmatched by her intelligence. With degrees from both Stanford and Harvard Law, the one-day ruler has clerked for the Royal High Court of Bhutan, and she is active as the President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute. This princess has what it takes to be a masterful leader.
Sonam married Georgetown graduate Dasho Phubh W. Dorji in 2009. He is the son of a former monk. They have two sons, Dasho Jigje Singye and Dasho Jigme Jigten.
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
This young princess has committed her life to fashion and design. She studied at New York’s Parson School of Design and has interned for Dior. Princess Maria-Olympia is the only daughter of Princess Marie-Chantal Miller and Crown Prince Pavlos. She was born in 1996 on July 25. In May of 2019, “Olympia Greece,” as she was summoned, graduated from NYU with her royal family in attendance. Her parents proudly announced it on Instagram.
The princess is a gorgeous American fashion model and socialite. She has modeled for several magazines, including Teen Vogue. She is sixth in line to the former throne of Greece after her father and brothers. We wonder who her prince will be!
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis
What was it like growing up as Princess von Thurn Und Taxis? Can you imagine living in a German castle adorned in contemporary art, with guests like Keith Haring and Jeff Koons stopping by as family friends? It was inspiring, to say the least.
Princess Von Thurn Und Taxis said, “My mum was really into fashion as well as art, she had all this really cool couture from the 1980s—Lacroix, Jean Patou—so my sister and I would spend hours trying on the clothes.” Her upbringing led her to the fashion world. As a German author journalist, socialite, art collector, and style editor-at-large for Vogue, the princess known as TNT, says the mix of influence from her mother has guided her style. This thoroughly modern princess currently resides in London.
Princess Sofia of Sweden
Former model and Swedish reality TV star, Princess Sofia of Sweden married Prince Carl-Philip in 2015. Prince Carl-Philip is the second son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The new royal couple has two children one year apart. Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel are fifth and sixth in line for the throne.
The beautiful princess is a tireless supporter of global children’s issues. At her presentation at the Global Child Forum, she said, “I have seen a fair share of suffering, poverty, and neglect. But, I have also seen children’s eyes light up as they are empowered to shape their own lives.” She co-founded Project Playground, a children’s charity based in South Africa.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Princess Victoria of Sweden is the nation’s next queen. Her line of succession will make her the fourth ruling queen in the history of Sweden, and the first time since 1720 that the nation has been ruled by a woman. She is King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia’s firstborn child.
The royal lineage extends to her children. Princess Victoria is married to Prince Daniel Westling, the Duke of Vastergotland. They have two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. Victoria met her prince when he was her personal trainer. They married in June of 2010.
Princess Manohara Odelia Pinot of Malaysia
Princess Manohara is no longer a Malaysian princess. As a commoner, she married Prince Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra when she was 16, but it was a disaster. The teenage bride claimed she was held captive and tranquilized into submission while he assaulted her.
Manohara, whose name means “thief of hearts” in Sanskrit, has captivated the hearts of Malaysians and Indonesians alike with her real-life soap opera. The former Indonesian model, whose stunning beauty first captivated the prince, has now turned to politics, running for legislative office. By joining the NasDem party, she hopes to raise concern for animals and the environment. She holds no grudges against Malaysia and has said, “Kings are like ordinary people, some are good, some are bad. Just because I had a bad experience with one does not mean all are like that.”
Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
Princess Marie-Chantal married into her titles. Before she was a princess, in 2000, she founded and operated Marie-Chantal as its creative director. She continues to run the international childrenswear brand. Princess Marie-Chantal was born in London and educated in Hong Kong. Other career duties include serving as a trustee of the Royal Academy Trust and as a board director of DFS Group Ltd.
When she met her prince, Prince Pavlos Crown Prince of Greece, she converted from Roman Catholicism to Greek Orthodox to be with him. Now she is a Danish and a Greece princess by marriage, and her husband is the heir to the Greece throne. However, that monarchy was abolished in 1973. Her husband is also a descendant of Christian IX of Denmark. They have five children: four princes and one princess.
Lady Amelia Windsor
Born Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor on August 24, 1995, Lady Amelia Windsor is a British fashion model and relative of the British royal family. She is a third cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry, but she is a long stretch away from the British throne.
She’s got a lot going for her, though. She has already strutted down catwalks in Milan as part of the Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Week show, and has graced covers of magazines like Vogue and Tatler. The former proclaimed she is “The Most Beautiful Member of the Royal Family.” Storm represents her, the same modeling agency that signed Kate Moss and Cara Delavigne. And she’s a social media princess. Her Instagram following grows and grows.
Princess Martha Louise of Norway
As the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, Princess Martha Louise of Norway is fourth in line to the Norwegian throne. She is in line behind her younger brother and two children. She only received the lineage in 1990 after the Salic law that states only males can inherit the Norwegian throne was changed.
Today she lives in Islington, London. She married a commoner, Ari Behn, and they have three daughters. But in 2017, they divorced. The split marked the first marriage in the Norwegian royal family that ended in divorce. Her passion is Norwegian folk tales and music and running an entertainment business supportive of such publicly televised performances.
When Zara Tindall was born into the British royal family, she was sixth in line to the throne. In 1981, parents Princess Anne and Mark Phillips welcomed her birth as the late Queen Elizabeth’s oldest granddaughter.
As a brilliant equestrian, she won a silver medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. In 2007 she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for service to equestrianism. She married former rugby union player Mike Tindall who played on the England national team during England’s Rugby World Cup win.
Princess Clotilde Courau of Venice
French actress Clotilde Courau married Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia of Venice in 2003. Already reigning over fashion and film, marrying the grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy, issued Clotilde a real title, Princess Clotilde Courau of Venice. Prince Emanuele is the heir apparent to the House of Savoy.
At the September 2003 wedding, Princess Clotilde was already six months pregnant. Due to this fact and her left-leaning political views, Italians viewed the marriage controversially. The couple’s first princess was born in December 2003, and another princess was born in August 2006. They are Princess Vittoria Chiara Cristina Adelaide Maria and Princess Luisa Giovanna Bianca Agata Gavina Maria.
Princess Sikhanyiso of Swaziland
Here’s a beautiful princess who does it all. Princess Sikhanyiso is highly educated, speaks out against controversial customs and traditions of her country, and also spits some rhymes as a rapper named “Pashu.” She’s released two singles. She probably has a lot to say. In 2005, she was beaten with a stick for not following Swaziland tradition. She criticized polygamy saying, “Polygamy brings all advantages in a relationship to men, and this, to me, is unfair and evil.” She disappeared from the press following the statement as she was silenced by the Royal Palace. She also rebels by wearing jeans and miniskirts.
As the eldest daughter of King Mswati III of Eswatini, the first of 30 children, she is a princess and a leader. She currently serves as Minister of Information and Communication Technology.
Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat
Princess Marie was born and raised in Paris, France, but transferred to Beau-Soleil International Boarding School in Villars, Switzerland. After her international studies were completed, she returned to Paris and worked at Reuters financial news agency.
And then she fell in love with Prince Joachim of Denmark. In 2008, the Prince married her, and she became Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat. Their two children, Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, and Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie were born in 2009 and 2012, respectively. They reside at Emiliekildevej, Gentofte Commune, a modest 1735 castle in Denmark. As a royal, she is a patron of the Danish National Commission for UNESCO and a patron of the Danish Ski Federation. Princess Marie supports the AIDS Foundation, the Danish Epilepsy Association and Kattegatcentret, and Autism Denmark.
Queen Maxima of The Netherlands
You’ll be surprised to know that the stunning Queen Maxima Zorreguleta Cerruti is Buenos Aires-born. She is the daughter of Argentinian political elites. She is also the first Queen of The Netherlands of Latin American descent.
She met Willem-Alexander in Spain during the Seville Spring Fair. He surprised her when he revealed that he was not only a prince but the heir to the Dutch throne. The couple married in 2001, and she became a princess. Her father wasn’t allowed to attend the royal wedding since he was controversially a cabinet member of the Argentinian dictatorship. The controversy, in The Netherlands, had followed the couple from the start. When Willem-Alexander was crowned King, Maxima became Queen of The Netherlands.
Princess Diana of Wales
Lady Diana is a woman that will forever be remembered around the world for her kindness, her charity work, her style, her straightforward character, her style, and much more. Princess Diana married Prince Charles (now King Charles III) in 1981, and not long after she welcomed Prince William and Harry into the world.
Princess Diana dedicated a big part of her life to activism and charity. She fought for animal rights, worked relentlessly to help the homeless, and founded many charities. She was known for her humble and down-to-earth personality which earned her the title of "queen of people's hearts". Tragically, Diana was killed on August 31st, 1997 in a terrible car crash in Paris. But her legacy will live on forever.
Crown Princess Masako of Japan
Otherwise known as the Empress of Japan, Princess Masako is a woman of many talents. Aside from being known for her elegance and grace, Masako Owada was very devoted to her diplomacy career before she married into Japan's monarchy. Prince Naruhito of Japan had proposed twice before Masako finally accepted his third proposal in 1992.
Princess Masako said she was hesitant to give up her career and limit her freedom as a woman by accepting this proposal. Apart from diplomacy, Masako graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University. She knows three languages and has helped in keeping the peace when tensions between Japan and the U.S. were high.
Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur
Gayatri Devi was a true philanthropist and extremely involved in politics since she was a young woman. Apart from having a brilliant mind, she was breathtakingly beautiful and established herself as an international fashion icon in her adult years. After India's independence, Gayatri became a prominent politician of the Swatantra Party, a position she held for twelve years.
Born in London and educated in Europe, Gayatri became the third Maharani consort of Jaipur after marrying the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. She held this title from 1940 to 1949, in which she did extensive charity work and activism. This royal lady was also a very skilled polo player, horse rider, and a very good shot.
Princess Martha Louise of Norway
The only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, the beautiful and glamorous Princess Martha Louise is much more than a royal. She is a certified physiotherapist, a great writer and editor, and a self-proclaimed clairvoyant. Princess Martha has a fascination with Norwegian folk tales and music and is a firm believer in holistic medicine.
Criticized for her association with British clairvoyant Lisa Williams, Princess Martha has stood firmly by her beliefs. She has gone on national book readings for children's fairytale books and folk tales all over the country.
Princess Haya of Jordan
Daughter of Lt. King Hussein I of Jordan, Princess Haya is a beautiful and stylish woman that brings a lot to the table when it comes to Jordanian royalty. Princess Haya graduated from the prestigious Oxford University and is a dedicated athlete that has taken part in several sporting events.
She is married to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, of Dubai, and is the first woman and first Arab to hold the title of Goodwill Ambassador for the UN World Food Programme, and in 2007, was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace. Haya founded the first Arab NGO devoted to tackling local hunger in Jordan, which aids poor families with employment opportunities and food assistance.
Crown Princess Elia of Albania
The graceful Princess Elia of Albania was an actress and singer before she became a member of Albanian royalty. Born to actors, Elia Zaharia grew up to be a beautiful and talented entertainer, and quite famous in Albania. After marrying Leka II, Crown Prince of Albania, in 2016, she became a Crown Princess.
She has done several plays and movies and even co-hosted a famous musical event in Albania. Of course, nowadays, she dedicates her time to assisting public functions with her husband and heads charitable and non-profit organizations across the country.
Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
One of the youngest princesses on our list, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg was born to Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, in 1991. Alexandra is known for her elegant style and charisma and seems to manage herself as a royal with ease.
Although she is not very involved in the politics of Luxembourg, this princess certainly enjoys studying and sports. She went to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio, United States. Princess Alexandra loves dancing, tennis, skiing, and swimming.
Princess Gabriella of Kent
This young princess is the daughter of the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who are first cousins with the late Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Gabriella has a BA from Brown University and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University. She is a very talented feature writer and an arts and travel director.
The princess has taught English in Brazil, become a director of the music and arts education nonprofit, Playing for Change Foundation, and coordinated music events in Argentina. In 2019, Lady Gabriella married Thomas Kingston, a prominent diplomat, and economist, at Windsor Castle.
Princess Tamara of Spain
Born in London to Prince Adam Czartoryski Borbón (first cousin of King Juan Carlos I of Spain) and former model Nora Picciotto, Princess Tamara of Spain is a former TV star and model that became a royal through her father. But apparently, her family is the only royal thing about this rebel princess.
She may not be known for her charity work and her grace, but she definitely deserves a mention for going her own way. When she was young, Tamara performed very badly at boarding school and was known for her terrible behavior. This led her parents to cut her off and the young royal was forced to survive on her own, finding work as a waitress and horse stable cleaner.
Queen Noor of Jordan
Noor Al-Hussein is a graceful and beloved woman and the Queen Dowager of Jordan. The widow of King Hussein, Noor was the Queen Consort of Jordan from 1978 to 1999. This royal lady has many achievements under her belt, such as becoming the director of the United World Colleges movement, an advocate of Global Zero, an anti-nuclear weapons proliferation campaign, and the longest-standing member of the board of the International Commission on Missing Persons.
Queen Noor was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for her public service in 2015. She has written and published two books, works in a number of international organizations and charities, and is an avid sports enthusiast. Besides doing gardening and photography, this Queen also speaks fluent Arabic, English, and French.
Crown Princess Yasmine of Iran
The beautiful Crown Princess of Iran is also a prominent lawyer and vocal supporter of democracy in Iran. Princess Yasmine is the wife of the last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran, Reza Pahlavi.
She has a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association. Apart from being a mother of three, Princess Yasmine has attended several pro-democracy rallies and Iranian Green Movement events. This royal family currently lives in exile in the U.S.
Princess Caroline of Hanover
The beautiful and graceful princess Caroline of Hanover is a known royal. Daughter of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and the stunning American actress, Grace Kelly, Princess Caroline has certainly led an interesting life. Until 2005, when her niece and nephew were born, Caroline had been the heiress presumptive to Monaco's throne. She married Prince Ernst August of Hanover in 1999, making her Prince of Hanover.
She is a true philanthropist and has been involved in countless organizations, including the World Association of Children's Friends, UNICEF, the International School of Paris, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Monegasque Committee for International Year of the Child (which she was president of in 1979), and many more. She met former South African president Nelson Mandela, was honored as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Charles. And she's a mother of four.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
This 78-year-old lady is the first female monarch of Denmark under the then-new Act of Succession. Queen Margrethe II has been queen since 1972, after her father, King Frederick IX passed away.
Apart from attending countless public events and doing charitable work, Margrethe is a very talented and accomplished painter, translator, and costume designer. She even participated in the Danish translation of 'The Lord of the Rings'. In 2012, queen Margrethe II celebrated her 40th year as queen. She has two sons.
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
The longest-serving monarch in Britain, the late Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne for more than seven decades. She became queen at the young age of 25 after her father King George VI passed away in 1952. Crowned in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II lived through the United Kingdom's most turbulent times and managed to guide the nation, making her the longest-serving female head of state in history.
The late Queen Elizabeth II was educated at home, owned over 30 corgi dogs throughout her life, mothered four children, cemented strong relations with the U.S., overseen countless charities, foundations, and events, and gained the love and support of her country for over 70 years. It would take a lifetime to even write down her many accomplishments.
Queen Silvia of Sweden
Silvia Sommerlath became Queen of Sweden in 1976, after marrying King Carl XVI Gustaf. The couple met at the Munich Olympics of 1972, where Silvia was working as a committee organizer. She also held a job in the Argentinian consulate in Munich.
The royal couple has three children, and in 2011, queen Silvia became the longest-serving queen of Sweden. She has done charity work and has been involved in a number of international organizations.
Queen Sonja of Norway
Sonja Haraldsen married Prince Harald V in 1968 and was officially crowned queen when her husband ascended the throne after his father's passing, in 1991. Apart from being a mother of two, queen Sonja has been very involved in social and political issues.
She visited Vietnamese boat refugees in Malaysia in the 1970s, established a fund that assists disabled children in Norway in 1972, and has done extensive charity work for international refugees. Sonja was also the VP of the Norwegian Red Cross in the late '80s and was appointed Rear Admiral and Brigadier in the Royal Norwegian Army. She has also established music competitions, opened a venue for arts and culture, and has been a photography and art enthusiast for decades.
Queen Nanasipau'u Tukuʻaho of Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga is a Polynesian sovereign state, and its queen consort is Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho. She became queen when her husband, and second cousin, Tupou VI, became King of Tonga in 2012.
The royal couple went on to have three children, which have given them three grandchildren so far. Apart from her duties as a mother and grandmother, this queen published a collection of songs and poems written by her mother-in-law, Queen Sālote, titled 'Songs and poems of Queen Sālote'.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium
The gracious and elegant Queen Mathilde used to work as a speech therapist before becoming a royal. After marrying King Philippe in 1999, the couple went on to have four children, but that didn't keep this queen from being very active in a number of political and social causes.
This queen is the honorary president of UNICEF Belgium, the Breast International Group (a non-profit for breast cancer research), the Federal Council for Sustainable Development, and the WHO's Special Representative for Immunization. And those are just a few of her projects.
Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho
'Masenate Mohato was the first commoner in modern history to marry into Lesotho's royal family. In 200, she wed King Letsie III, and they went on to have three children. 'Masenate studied at the Machabeng International College before becoming a royal and has since been involved in a number of charities.
This amazing woman has become the patron of the SOS Children's Village, the Lesotho Red Cross Society, and has worked tirelessly towards raising support programs and awareness of HIV/AIDS. 'Masenate has a First Aid Certificate and is constantly seeking to give Lesotho's disabled people a voice.
Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia
The Queen Mother of Cambodia celebrated her 83rd birthday in 2020 and is still making public appearances around the country. Norodom Monineath served as Cambodia's queen consort from 1952 to 1955, and then from 1993 to 2004 when the monarchy returned to the country after being abolished.
After her husband, King Norodom Sihanouk, passed away in 2004, her eldest son, Norodom Sihamoni, became King of Cambodia. Apart from being a fluent speaker of Khmer, English, and French, Queen Norodom is an Honorary President of the Cambodian Red Cross and was co-president of the Funcinpec Party (National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful, and Cooperative Cambodia) until 1992.
She may return a Google result as an American actress, but did you know the gal that played Amanda Carrington on the 1980s soap opera, “Dynasty” is actually a princess? The daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and Howard Oxenberg, Catherine has three children — India, Maya, and Celeste.
She was even a guest host on “Saturday Night Live”, which made her the only descendant of a royal family to ever host the show! Pretty cool!
Ubolratana Mahidol, Princess of Thailand
Now this story is actually fascinating — the Thai Princess decided to run for Prime Minister, and this caused quite a stir with the royal family and the public! She first relinquished her royal title to marry her love, an American, but they soon divorced and she returned to Thailand.
She was then re-instated but then went for the position of Prime Minister which basically set off chaos. Her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, basically blocked her application, declaring that it was unconstitutional and that she had an unfair advantage in the competition due to her royal status. Oh, the drama!
Another peculiar and interesting story here, with young Hope Cooke, an American student studying in New York, falling in love with a real prince! She met the crown prince of Sikkim (an independent monarchy that is protected by India) in Darjeeling, India. In a hotel lobby!
Anywho, the pair wed, she renounced her US citizenship and the couple was named King and Queen! However, an extra-marital affair broke up her marriage, therefore stripping her of her titles and sending her back to the US. What a rollercoaster!
Tamar of Georgia
Also known as Tamara, this Georgian “king” is taking us way back into history — but we just wanted to share her story. She married Yuri of Kiev by the insistence of her elders, though she ended up divorcing him less than a year later! She then remarried someone whom she approved of, and they had two children together.
Her spurned ex, George, tried to destroy her with a rebel army, though she quashed his attempts. Wow, what a woman! She was even made Saint in the Orthodox Church. Amazing!
Ah yes, the Duchess of Sussex, who has been the subject of much scandal and controversy in the British tabloids, is none other than “Suits” actress, Meghan Markle. After sweeping Prince Harry off his feet and over to the United States, Markle has amassed many followers and fans!
While we personally love Kate Middleton’s style, Markle does have access to some of the best fashion on the planet! She’s less fussy than traditional royals which we kinda love, as well as a champion for sustainable brands. We are curious to see where she goes!
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
Everyone has heard about Princess Margaret of the British Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth's sister. She was a bit of a rebel! She was a socialite who apparently had some very, very wild parties! No wonder she was born second.
There are even rumors that Margaret was involved, for a time, with none other than the Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger! She was also rather fashionable, and earned herself a moniker, “The Margaret Look.”
The eldest daughter of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, this member of the Monaco royal family is a woman to watch out for! As well as being a royal, she’s a fashion designer and a former professional diver. Not overachieving at all here, are we, Pauline?
Her designs, for the brand Altered Design, even debuted at Paris Fashion Week, after she had studied fashion and design in the United States.
Catherine the Great
We’re going old school here! The infamous Catherine the Great of Russia is perhaps one of the most interesting royal women of all time. With her unstable husband, Peter, Catherine — after years of learning, waiting, and listening in the Russian court — made her move.
She took over, and Peter was killed shortly after. She then famously ruled for over thirty years, making her one of the longest-reigning women in the world (and this is before the average life expectancy was into the 80s!)
Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium
The Grand Duchess consort of Luxembourg and the wife of Grand Duke Jean is next up on her list! She was the eldest daughter of King Leopold III of Belgium, and sister to King Albert II. While she was not too much of a diplomat, she greatly enjoyed her gardening, hunting, skiing, and water activities.
A great lover of modern art, she even exhibited over 100 works from her private collection at Luxembourg’s National Museum of History and Art.
Queen Mother Ntfombi Tfwala of Eswatini
This regal lady was not born into royalty, but rather married into it! She married King Sobuza II of Swaziland (now Eswatini), however after he passed, his other wife, Queen Dzeliwe took over as regent. There was a subsequent power battle and Tfwala’s son, Prince Makhosetive Dlamini became King, which in turn, made Ntfombi Tfwala, the queen regent.
Once her son was of age, she then became Queen Mother (which in Eswatini, this phrase roughly translates to Great She-Elephant. Pretty cool). She is looked up to as the spiritual head of state!
Marie Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess Marie Kinsky and More
We thought to include all her royal titles here, but if you include all of her names, it would be a real mouthful, so you can thank us for sparing you! Anyways, when Marie was born, she was born into the House of Kinsky, in Prague. Following WWII, her family fled to Germany where she lived for a few decades.
She was greatly focused on education, culture, and the arts, and worked with organizations that provided education to many people. She even served as the president of the Liechtenstein Red Cross for many years. A wonderful, philanthropic human!
Lady Mary Charteris
More a socialite than a princess it seems, this fun-loving member of the Scottish nobility is none other than Lady Mary Charteris. You may have heard of her — first as a model, second as a DJ, and third as a socialite! She enjoys a good party and is often rubbing shoulders at extravagant parties with any number of A-listers.
Some of her pals include the likes of Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora. Aside from her socialite status, she works as a model and even walked for Alice Temperley during London Fashion Week.
Caroline of Brunswick
Caroline was in for a real rollercoaster, marrying the son of the mad King George III. The marriage to his son, George IV, was arranged due to his lack of funds, and the pair were off to a rocky start (apparently she thought he was “fat” and “nothing like his portrait”). Early on in the marriage, they began to live separately and she adopted orphans, wasn't really on the faithful side, and traveled Europe!
But George IV, upon his father’s passing, swore to not have Caroline as his queen, taking her to a public trial. Sadly her life ended soon after, but her tombstone carries the inscription “Here lies Caroline, the injured Queen of England.”
Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane of the Netherlands
The trio of daughters from the Netherlands, Catharina-Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane, are the gorgeous girls of King Willem-Alexander and the lovely Queen Maxima! In contrast to some of their royal counterparts, these girls have been raised very traditionally as royals.
Amalia, the eldest, is also in line to take the throne and has been raised working very close to her father. First, she will continue her studies in the UK before, perhaps, taking over.
Princess Talita Natasha von Fürstenberg
Perhaps the Fürstenberg surname rings a bell? Yes, we can confirm that Talita Natasha is indeed related to the iconic fashion designer, Diane von Fürstenberg! The US-raised German princess shied away from her royal title and life, instead choosing to be a socialite, model, and fashion designer.
Following gran’s footsteps! Talita is the daughter of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg, and we will have to see if she takes over her grandmother’s empire one day.
Princesses Leonor and Sofia of Spain
These two young girls are the daughters of King Felipe VI and the ever-glamorous Queen Letizia of Spain. These two have already walked the streets of Paris in designer garb and look to become quite the young fashionistas or influencers if they choose to.
However, it looks like Leonor, who is set to take up the reins as monarch one day, is off to the UK to continue with her schooling. We do love educated ladies!
Sure, she’s young, and not even close to being a woman, but young Princess Charlotte will certainly be on the world’s radar very soon.
She is the daughter of none other than Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales (who is one of our very favorite royal fashionistas) and we’re sure that she’s destined to become a very interesting lady one day!
Queen Isabella of France
We do love a bit of history, and particularly royal history! So let’s look into the life of Queen Isabella of France, who was just twelve when she wed King Edward II of England. *Gasp*. But Edward II’s royal male consorts became a little too much when they started interfering with affairs in court.
She left for France and started up an affair with Edward’s RIVAL, Roger Mortimer! Scandal! She forced her husband to abdicate after declaring war and the pair ruled as regents (her son, Edward III, became King). Bet you didn’t know that story!
Zara Tindall, Daughter of Princess Anne
Sure, she may not be the next in line to the British throne but she is a royal lady worth talking about! The second eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, she’s made a name for herself as a British equestrian.
The sport, which is quite popular in the royal circles, has even led her to the Olympic Games, where she’s won a silver medal! Awesome!
Princess Ruth Komuntale of Tooro
The renowned Ugandan Princess Ruth recently wed in Dallas, Texas, a commoner! (Maybe more of a shock in the olden days, nowadays anything goes kids!) She wed her love, Anthony Philip, a Jamaican DJ, and IT Engineer. Congrats to the new couple!
Ruth, born in Uganda, was schooled in the UK, as well as Libya. She now works at Wells Fargo in Washington DC and is involved with charities such as City Gate, DC. Pretty cool story.