If there is one thing I have learned about official royal princesses from this article, it is this- seemingly, they all love giving their time to charities, and also to riding horses. So many of them are accomplished equestrians, and excel in other sports, as well. But if you are sick of hearing about Princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (or, on the flip side, if you eat up every bit of info you can about the royal wife and mother), then this list is for you!
It is doubtful that any princess could rise to fame the way that Kate Middleton has, but there are still dozens- more, even- of princesses reigning around the world, even in several countries outside of Europe. Many of these places have other governing forces aside from a royal ruler; England is a perfect example because while they have the royal monarchy, they also have a government that is in control.
The 15 beautiful women below represent not only the royal blood they either married into or were born into, but as royalty they also have much more in common. Besides the duties and expectations typical of a princess (and that love of horses, of course), they are all lovely women who are fortunate enough to be in a position to make real change in our world, and many are working very hard at that.
So here they are, along with their similar but also very different stories. Many of their stories are what you would expect. But likewise, many are not, from the real-life Cinderella story of a single mom marrying a prince, to a woman who escaped her abusive royal husband, to an actual queen. But they are all beautiful, inside and out.
15. Princess Charlotte Of Monaco
Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi is 8th in line to the throne in Monaco, which is an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coast. Her grandmother is the beloved Grace Kelly, and her mother is Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her father, Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian industrialist, though he sadly passed away in a speed-boating accident when Charlotte was just 4 (at which time she inherited $6 billion!). Since then, her mother moved Charlotte and her brothers to France, where the young princess later gained a stepfather, two stepbrothers (in addition to the two “real” brothers she already had), and later still, a half-sister.
Now 29, Charlotte is a private citizen, but attends official functions in Monaco. She enjoys fashion shows, art exhibits, and equestrian events. Charlotte works as a journalist, and has one son, Raphael, though he is not included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne because his parents were never married (his father is comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh, who split from Charlotte in 2015).
14. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Of Thailand
Princess Sirivannavari is the only daughter of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Sujarinee Vivacharawongse, though she has 4 brothers (all with equally long names- and nicknames!). Her parents separated when she was young, and she moved to England with her mother and brothers, though later on her father brought her back to Thailand. In 2005 her grandfather, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, crowned her princess.
In multiple years, she was rated among the hottest 20 young royals by Forbes magazine. Now she is 29 and studying fashion and textile at a university in her home country. She is a professional badminton player and once took home a gold medal from the 2006 Southeast Asian games. Sirivannavari is also an acclaimed fashion designer who has had her creations featured in Paris and Bangkok Fashion Weeks.
13. Princess Lalla Salma Of Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma is the wife of King Muhammed VI, and the first wife of a Moroccan monarch to ever obtain her own regal title, and be publicly acknowledged as such. Though some (myself included) may at first question her heritage given that she looks more like Princess Merida of Brave than Princess Jasmine of Aladdin, Lalla was born and raised in the northern African country of Morocco where she would one day marry a king. She met him at a private party in 1999. The royal couple have two children, a boy and a girl.
The princess has represented her husband the King and her country at meetings in various nations around the globe, as well as founded a cancer prevention association and volunteered for HIV/AIDS organizations in Africa. She was present at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, just one day after the capital city of her country, Marrakesh, was bombed in 2011.
12. Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel Of Saudi Arabia
Though Princess Ameerah is split from her husband (whom she married in 2008), the split was amicable. She was raised by her divorced mother and grandparents, and when she was 18 she met her future husband, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who was 28 years her senior, while conducting an interview for a school paper. She went on to study and earn her degree in Business Administration at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Today, the 32-year-old (who never had any children) is an active humanitarian for countless organizations worldwide.
Even after being divorced, she still serves as the vice chairwoman of the board of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, which she founded with her ex-husband. She has spoken out about issues close to her heart through many forums, including on Today, NPR, CNN International, and in Time and Foreign Policy magazines.
11. Princess Mette-Marit Of Norway
Once a commoner and a single mother with a less-than-perfect past, hers is a true Cinderella story, if ever there were one (though she more physically resembles Princess Elsa, does she not?). She became engaged in 2000 to Crown Prince Haakon, the heir apparent to the throne of Norway. When they were married, Princess Mette-Marit took on her official role with pride, commissioned humanitarian projects, and taken part in official visits both at home and abroad.
But as a youngster, she admits to being rebellious. She took longer than she should have to finish school, and worked at a café even after graduating. She met her prince at Norway’s largest rock festival in her hometown of Kristiansand. But it wasn’t until years later, after becoming a single mother that she met him again, this time for good. They went on to have two children in addition to her son Marius from a previous relationship. She has also since earned her Master’s degree in Executive Management.
10. Princess Alexandra Of Luxembourg
25-year-old Princess Alexandra Josephine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine is one of 5 children of the Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, which is one of Europe’s tiniest countries. All of her siblings (3 older and one younger) are boys, so she is the only daughter. She attended university in America at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, near Pennsylvania. When she was born in 1991, Luxembourg had not yet adopted absolute primogeniture (basically, gender not being a determining factor in regards to the succession of the throne). In 2011, however, they did adopt it, so now the princess is 4th in line to the throne.
Her older brother Louis gave up his and his descendants’ succession rights when he married because his first son was born out of wedlock. Alexandra speaks fluent Luxembourgish, French, English, and Spanish, and a has good knowledge of Italian and German. She enjoys literature and is quite athletic, especially in tennis, alpine skiing, and water-skiing.
9. Princess Tessy Of Luxembourg
Unlike her sister-in-law Alexandra, Tessy Antony is not royal by blood. She married Alexandra’s brother Prince Louis, who as I said above, rescinded his right to the throne when he married her because they had already had a child together out of wedlock (they now have two sons). Tessy has 3 brothers (one of whom is her twin) and one sister.
The twins joined the Luxembourg Army at the age of 18, and later Tessy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The American International University in London. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in diplomatic studies. Though she is busy with her two sons, Gabriel and Noah, Princess Tessy still finds time to give to charity in both Luxembourg and London, and she enjoys practicing several sports, reading about psychology, and listening to jazz music.
8. Princess Martha Louise Of Norway
We already talked about Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who is married to Prince Haakon, who happens to be Princess Martha Louise’s brother! Our second Norwegian princess (though this one by blood) is 4th in line to the throne of Norway, after her brother and his two children. After an education in Oslo and an internship in Maastricht, the Netherlands, she became a certified physiotherapist. Due to her love of folk tales, she writes children’s books and established her own entertainment business giving televised performances of folk tales and Norwegian choirs instead of practicing the field she studied.
She married author Ari Behn, with whom she has 3 daughters. She was involved in a bit of controversy when she was associated with British clairvoyant Lisa Williams, who came to Oslo and gave a seminar for Soul Spring, a new age website/company which the princess had co-founded. The problem came about when Lisa Williams claimed she could communicate with the deceased, and because of this, Princess Martha Louise faced some criticism.
7. Princess Haya Bint Hussein Of Jordan
The daughter of King Hussein of Jordan was born of his third wife, Queen Alia. The princess’ official title is Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan, and this elite name is matched by her elite education, which she received at Oxford University in England. There, she studied philosophy, politics, and economics, graduating with honors and a BA. In 2004 the princess wed the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. They have two children.
Besides the usual business of being a princess, such as various charitable activities (including the hunger organization she alone founded, and being the chair of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, among many other volunteer projects to better the world), she is also an accomplished equestrian. However, she has received criticism regarding her behavior in different equestrian events. It seemed that some were of the opinion that her attitude “reflected her background as a member of an un-elected ruling family accustomed to unquestioning obedience.” It would not be surprising, but alas, unfortunate.
6. Princess Madeleine Of Sweden
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland, is currently 6th in line to the Swedish throne, moving back 3 places since her birth in 1982 after the births of her niece and nephews. She is married to American financier Christopher O’Neill (who has refused Swedish citizenship, and thus a place within the Swedish Royal Family, despite his marriage), with whom she has one little prince and one little princess of her own.
She speaks 4 languages, and graduated from the University of Stockholm with a Bachelor of Arts in art history, ethnology and modern history. She is an equestrian (do all princesses love horses?) and appreciates theater, dance, and art. As princess, she undertakes royal duties and is involved in charity work. Princess Madeleine has been ranked highly on several lists in magazines the likes of Forbes and CEO World Magazine, among others, for her beauty and “hotness factor”. She is 34.
5. Princess Victoria Of Sweden
She is Princess Madeleine’s older sister, and is expected to ascend the throne. If she does, she will be Sweden’s 4th queen regnant since 1720, meaning she will be the 4th Queen of Sweden to reign by her own right, and not as the wife of the King. Her studies took place in Sweden, France, and the United States. She had an internship in Washington, D.C. at the Swedish Embassy, and partook in the foreign diplomat program, though she also studied agriculture and forestry, and completed basic soldier training for the Swedish Armed Forces.
Like her sister, she speaks 4 languages. She is one of only 3 heirs apparent in the world, which means that regardless of any birth she cannot be preceded in line to the throne, something she, herself, did to her sister Madeleine (when her children were born), and to her younger brother (when Swedish laws changed so that the first born was the automatic successor, regardless of gender; since he is younger and male, he would have been first in line to the throne until the laws changed- bet he was thrilled about that!). Princess Victoria has traveled all around the globe doing charity work, and is married with two children.
4. Manohara Odelia Pinot Of Malaysia
You may notice there is no title of “Princess” preceding her name, and that is because while the Indonesian model was once married to the prince of Malaysia, she fled her life there due to an abusive marriage. Still, she once was a princess and she is quite lovely in many aspects, so I believe she deserves a spot on this pretty princess list. At 16, Manohara was wed to Prince Tengku Fakhry of Malayasia after meeting him at a dinner held by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Manohara was considered “abducted” when her mother (her father is American and not in the picture) could not reach her and was not allowed to visit her after the marriage. There had been alleged physical and mental abuse at the hands of the prince, and Manohara even claims to have been his “sex slave”, among other horror stories she has to tell. She tried to escape while in Singapore with her husband, where they were aiding his sick father for a medical procedure there. Manohara saw her chance to flee, but they attempted to tranquilize her and hold her against her will.
Of course, the royal family denies all of the allegations, but the important thing is that Manohara is back at home in Indonesia with her family, all because the Singaporean police told her husband on the day of her escape (she took off running down the street) that he would be thrown in jail if he did not let her go. Her mother met her there in Singapore and escorted her back home, a happy ending. They are now divorced (thank God).
3. Princess Beatrice Of York
This princess may be more commonly known in the U.S. (though nowhere near as well- known as Kate!) simply because she is the cousin to Princes William and Harry. Her grandmother is Queen Elizabeth II, her father is Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and her mother is the famous redheaded Sarah, Duchess of York. The 27-year-old is 7th in line to the throne. Overcoming dyslexia, Beatrice obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History and the History of Ideas (whatever that is), and became the first member of the British Royal Family to complete the London Marathon, running for “Team Caterpillar” that supported a number of different charities.
She currently lives in New York and works in the business field. She is in a long term relationship with businessman Dave Clark. Though she is not a “working member” of the Royal Family and thus receives no “allowance,” she takes part in many a family engagements. Her official royal title from birth, entitled to the style of “Royal Highness”, is Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York.
2. Princess Eugenie Of York
Rounding out our second set of royal sisters on this list is Beatrice’s younger sister, Eugenie, who of course shares all of the same famous royal relatives as her big sister. This princess works as an Associate Director for an art gallery in London. Like her sister and all the others, she makes regular royal appearances, and works to better the world through her chosen charities. When she was born, she was the first royal baby to have a public christening (though she remained nameless for nearly 2 weeks after being born!), and later as a child, her parents divorced at the age of 6.
She and Beatrice spent much of their childhood traveling abroad, though at 12 Eugenie had to have back surgery for scoliosis, which halted her travels for a bit, naturally. After earning her degrees in Art History, English Literature, and Politics, Eugenie moved to New York for a year before settling down back in London. She is frequently seen at important royal events and engagements, as is her sister, also without any allowance or being a “working member” of the Royal Family. In full, she is known as Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York.
1. Queen Maxima Of The Netherlands
We’ll end our regal list of luxurious ladies with one step up from a princess: a Queen. This one looks more like a pageant queen (at least in this picture) than a real one, but in fact, she is. That’s right; when she married King Willem-Alexander in 2013, she became queen, the first Dutch queen consort (meaning queen by marriage, essentially) since 1890. She is Argentinian by birth, and through her father, she is also a descendant of King Alfonso III of Portugal and other noble families of the Iberian Peninsula.
Utilizing her Master’s degree in Economics earned in both the United States and Argentina, she went on to work for international finance companies in New York, Argentina, and Brussels. When she met her future husband in Seville, Spain, she did not even know he was a prince. But now the couple are happily married with 3 daughters, and Maxima spends her time, as they all do, performing royal duties and working for charities. Interestingly, she was one of the few members of a royal family anywhere in the world to be an open supporter of gay rights, and the first member anywhere to attend an LGBT rights conference.