Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Real Princesses

Two centuries ago, commoners were not permitted to join and mix, let alone marry, with royalty. The monarchy is closely guarding the mystic and charm of its existence and allowing commoners to peep at their precious court would dispel the magic that shroud their exalted circle,  but the story became different as the 21st century approaches.

In order to survive and to continue the existence of the monarchy, royalty slowly adopted the idea of lowering barriers through the inclusion of commoners. This is their way of responding to the call of times to become more in touch with their subjects.  Now as the modern world changed the meaning of royalty, commoners largely dominated the royal court of Europe that you can hardly distinguished who are princesses born of royal blood and who are merely impostors.

Here, I allotted enough space for pretty and real European princesses born of royal blood. Most of them are related to each other through the intermarriages of the children of King Christian IX of Denmark and Queen Victoria of England.
Princess Madelaine of Sweden
Princess Madelaine of Sweden is the youngest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia. She was engaged in 2010 to a Swedish lawyer but called off the engagement several months later when the princess found out the infidelity of his fiance. Not sure if she returned the heart-shaped diamond engagement ring to him.
A closer look at Princess Madelaine
Princess Beatrice  of York
Princess Beatrice of York is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and the second son of Queen Elizabeth II. Bea is currently listed as the 5th in line of succession to the British throne. She finished a Bachelor of Arts degree at London University.

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
Princess Alexandra is the only daughter of the reigning Grandduke of Luxembourg, Henri. She is quite protected by her parents from gossip because no news about her personal life passed the newspaper and magazine.
Princess Alexandra of Hanover with her mother, Princess Caroline of Monaco
Princess Alexandra of Hanover is the only child of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst August of Hanover (not known if the two already separated). She is the only grandchild, so far, by the late Prince Rainier that carries a Princess title. Until Prince Albert II sired legitimate children with his wife, Princess Charlene, his oldest sister, Princess Caroline will be the Hereditary Princess of Monaco.

Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Eugenie of York is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew of York, said to be the favourite son of Queen Elizabeth II. Eugenie has an older sister, Princess Beatrice. Their parents, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew divorced in 1996 months before the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, had finalized. Eugenie was named after Queen Eugenia of Spain who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein
Princess Tatjana is the only daughter of the reigning ruler of Liechtenstein, Prince Hans-Adam II. Her mother is Countess Marie Aglae. She is married to a Baron in 1999 and had seven children together.
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark is the youngest daughter of King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Anna Marie. She was born in 1983, ten years after Greece abolished the monarchy. Her father was exiled following a military take over in 1969, the family settled in Italy and later in England where King Constantine established his own business. Princess Theodora finished a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theather Arts at one of the ivy league of schools in the United States, Brown University, she had studied fashion designing too at the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. She expressed interest in film making and appeared on television soap opera like the Bold and the Beautiful.
Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein
Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein is the former Duchess Sophie of Bavaria. She is the daughter of Prince Max, the Duke of Bavaria and her mother is a Swedish Countess, Elisabeth Douglas. Her father is a great grandson of King Ludwig III of Bavaria. Sophie married the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Alois, on July 3, 1993.
Princess Cristina of Spain
Princess Cristina of Spain is the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sophia. Through her parents, Cristina is the fourth generation of Queen Victoria of England and King Christian IX of Denmark. Her mother is a former Princess of Greece and the oldest sister of King Constantine II.

Among the royals listed above, Princess Cristina and Princess Theodora are the only princesses who have parents that are both royalty. Theodora's parents are Constantine II, the ex-king of Greece and Queen Anna Marie, the younger sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Anna Marie and Constantine are both great grandchildren of King Christian IX of Denmark. While King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sophia are third cousin through Queen Victoria of England.


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