Real-Life Princesses



Over 40 nations in the world today are “monarchies,” or ruled by a single sovereign, such as a King, Queen or Emperor. Many also have princes and princesses, some of whom inherited their title from birth and some of whom gained the title through marriage. One thing they all have in common, however, is a sense of service to their people.

Modern-day princesses spend most of their time helping others and raising awareness for the charities, causes and organizations that they believe in. Below is a list of some of our most notable contemporary princesses around the world, as well as the good work they do and the causes they champion by sharing their inner sparkle with the world….


United Kingdom Princesses

Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1936) is Queen Elizabeth II's cousin and the Granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary. Princess Alexandra is a patron of the arts and medical research, and is one of the most active members of the Royal Family. She takes part in roughly 120 engagements each year across the UK and overseas.

Princess Anne of Edinburgh is the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Known for her extensive charitable work, The Princess Royal carries out the most engagements (over 700) of any member of the Royal Family per year, and is involved with over 200 charities and organizations in an official capacity, including Save the Children, which she has been president of since 1970. Princess Anne is especially interested in lighthouses, and has made it an ambition to tour each of Scotland's 215 lighthouses. She is also a gold medal-winning equestrienne and is the only member of the British Royal Family to have competed in the Olympic Games.

The Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, (b. 1988 and 1990, respectively) are the granddaughters of Queen Elizabeth II, and the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (former Duchess of York). Being young princesses, they have both just begun to have official duties, but have supported causes such as the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Princess Michael of Kent (Marie-Christine Freiin von Reibnit) gained her title by her second marriage, to Prince Michael of Kent, grandson of King George V and cousin to Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Michael is an author, and has published several books on the royal families of Europe. She has also worked as an interior decorator.

Camilla Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall, is also officially The Princess Charles, Princess of Wales, due to her second marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales. However she uses the Duchess of Cornwall title out of respect for Charles's first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, previously having held this title. The Duchess is the patron of numerous organizations, supporting the arts, education, animal welfare, medicine and youth services.


European Princesses
Belgium

HRH Princess Mathilde (b. 1973) is married to Prince Philippe, the son of King Albert II and heir to the Belgian throne. Princess Mathilde was a speech therapist and has a master's degree in psychology. She has a special interest in working with children, and supports education, the empowerment of women and literacy. Since 2009, Princess Mathilde has been the Honorary President of Unicef Belgium. She has four children, including Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène (b. 2001, second in the line of succession to the Belgian throne) and Princess Eléonore.

Princess Astrid (b. 1962) is the second child of King Albert II and Queen Paola. Princess Astrid supports medical research, and was Chairwoman of the Belgian Red Cross and Honorary Chairwoman of the Queen Elisabeth Medical Foundation and the European Organisation on Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). She is also active in the fight against epidemics and pandemics as well as domestic violence. She and her husband, Prince Lorenz, Arch-Duke d'Autriche-Este, have five children, including the Princesses Maria Laura, Luisa Maria and Laetitia Maria.

Princess Claire was made a Princess of Belgium on the day of her marriage to Prince Laurent, in 2003. The couple have three children, including Princess Louise Sophie Mary (b. 2004). Princess Claire supports environmental causes and animal charities and is a leading patron of the Brussels Choral Society.

Bulgaria

Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, is the only daughter of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela. Her interests include fashion, art, furniture restoration, painting, and animal rights. She is a vegetarian and often expresses herself creatively through unusual fashion choices.

Denmark

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (b. 1991) is the fourth child and only daughter of HRH Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. She is currently a student at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, lecturing in history, philosophy and literature.

Monaco

Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco (Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi) (b. 1957) is the eldest daughter of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and the American actress Grace Kelly, and the elder sister of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. She has been heiress presumptive to the throne of Monaco since 2005. Princess Caroline has been involved with the World Association of Children's Friends, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Prince Pierre Foundation, the Peter Le Marchant Trust and UNICEF. Her other patronages include the International School of Paris, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, which she also founded, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco, the Monte Carlo Garden Club and The Spring Arts Festival. Due to her commitment to philanthropy and arts, Caroline was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and honored her with Children's Champion Award.

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Countess of Polignac (b. 1965) is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and Grace Kelly, and the sixth in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne. She has been a singer, swimwear designer and fashion model. Sheis the president of several associations, including Monaco Youth Center and Princess Stéphanie Activity Center, and is a honorary board member of the Princess Grace Foundation – United States. She has also been the patron of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, and the World Association of Children's Friends. Since 1985, Stéphanie has been the president of the Monte-Carlo Magic Grand Prix and the International Festival of Amateur Theatre. In 2003, Stéphanie created her own Women Face the AIDS Association, which became Fight AIDS Monaco in 2004, and since 2006, she has been a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) ambassador.

Princess Charlene of Monaco, (b. 1978), is the wife of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. She is also a former South African Olympic swimmer. As Monaco's first lady, Charlene presides at the principality's National Day celebrations, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose) held to raise funds for the Princess Grace Foundation, and the annual Red Cross Ball. She also serves as a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, and is charged with promoting respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities to a worldwide audience.

The Netherlands

Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau (b. 1971 in Argentina) is the wife of Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, son of the heir apparent to the throne of the Netherlands. The couple have three daughters, the Princesses Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien, and Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés. Princess Máxima focuses on the issue of integration of immigrants into Dutch culture. She was a member of a special parliamentary commission which sought to recommend ways to increase the participation of female immigrants in the workforce. Princess Máxima stresses the importance for immigrants of learning the Dutch language, (as she did), to fully participate in Dutch society. The Princess herself is trilingual; she speaks Dutch, English, and her native Spanish. In 2009, she was appointed a U.N. special advocate for inclusive finance. She participates in conferences around the world representing the Netherlands.

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (b. 1966) is the wife of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, the third son of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus. Princess Laurentien has a long record of fighting against illiteracy in the Netherlands. In 2009, she was designated UNESCO Special Envoy on "Literacy for Development" and in 2010 she was co-recipient of the Major Bosshardt Prize for her work in combating illiteracy.

Norway

Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway (b. 1973), is married to Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, heir to the Swedish throne. Originally a Norwegian commoner and a single mother, she was a controversial figure at the time of her engagement to Prince Haakon in 2000. As Crown Princess, she has championed humanitarian projects and the arts, as well as taking part in official visits at home and abroad. She is mother to three children, including Princess Ingrid Alexandra (b 2004), who is second in the line of succession to the Norwegian throne.

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (b.1971) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. She is fourth in the line of succession to the Norwegian throne. Princess Märtha Louise is a certified physiotherapist, and established her own commercial entertainment business, giving public and televised performances of folk tale recitals and singing with well-known Norwegian choirs. In 2004, her first book, a children's story about the first royal family of Norway – Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns – was released. Princess Märtha Louise has also started her own alternative medical school, Astarte Education.

Spain

Princess Letizia of Spain, Princess of Asturias (b. 1972) was already a famous journalist and TV newcaster in Spain when she met and married Prince Felipe, the heir to the Spanish throne. The princess now focuses on social issues such as children's rights, the arts and education. She and the princes have two daughters, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

Sweden

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland (b. 1977) is the heiress-apparent to the Swedish throne. She is the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Because her father is a third cousin to England's Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Crown Princess is also #205 in the line of succession to the British throne. As heir to the Swedish throne, Victoria attends the regular Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs and the information councils with Government ministers headed by the King, and steps in as a temporary regent when needed. She also takes part in all official activities and national celebrations, and oversees The Crown Princess Victoria Fund, which supports children with functional disabilities or chronic illnesses. Victoria and her husband, the Duke of Västergötland, have a baby daughter, the Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland, born in February of 2012. Princess Estelle is second in line to the Swedish throne.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden (b. 1982) Her Royal Highness, Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine, Duchess of Helsingia and Gestricia, is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and sister to HRH The Crown Princess Victoria. She currently lives in New York City and works for the World Childhood Foundation, which was founded by her mother, Queen Silvia. Princess Madeleine is also a fine equestrienne, and enjoys skiing and the arts.

Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern (b. 1937) is a sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf. She lives on the island of Majorca in Spain, where she does a lot of charitable work. She also has her own golf competition, the Princess Birgitta Trophy, at her home golf course. She has three children, including the Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern.

Princess Desiree, Baroness Silfverschiöld (b. 1938) is another sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. She takes part in all Swedish Royal Family events and activities.


Middle-Eastern Princesses
Jordan

Princess Iman Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan (b. 1983) is the daughter of the late King Hussein and Queen Noor, and a half-sister to King Abdullah II of Jordan. She attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst and American University, and is currently pursuing a higher degree in veterinary studies.

Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein (b. 1986) is the youngest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor. She has a masters degree in Japanese and International Relations, and she lives and works in Japan. She enjoys polo and martial arts.

Princess Iman bint Al Abdullah (b. 1996) and Princess Salma bint Al Abdullah (b. 2000) are the daughters of King Abdullah II of Jordan. Their mother, Queen Rania, is dedicated to quality global education.

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, (b.1974) is one of the late King Hussein I of Jordan's daughters and the junior wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Princess Haya engages in a range of humanitarian activities and founded Tikyet Um Ali, the first Arab NGO dedicated to overcoming local hunger, in her native Jordan. She now chairs Dubai's International Humanitarian City, which is now the world's largest operational center for the delivery of aid in emergencies. Princess Haya has also won many awards for her excellent equestrianism.

Saudi Arabia

Princess Ameera Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia (b. 1983) is the wife of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, and a magna cum laude graduate of New Haven University with a degree in Business Administration. HH Princess Ameerah supports a wide range of humanitarian interests in both Saudi Arabia and around the world. She is Vice Chair of the Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation, an international, non-profit organization dedicated to poverty alleviation, disaster relief, interfaith dialogue and women's empowerment. The princess is a voal advocate for equal rights for women in Saudi Arabia and also the nation's youth.


Asia Princesses
Bhutan

Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck of Bhutan (b. 1981) is the daughter of the former King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck and sister of the current King, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, who has been called "the world's most handsome king." She has a degree in international relations from Stanford University and a masters in law from Harvard Law School. She currently works at the Judiciary of the Kingdom of Bhutan as President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute.

HRH Princess Ashi Chimi Yangzom of Bhutan (b. 1980) is another daughter of the former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and a half-sister of the current King.completed a bachelor's degree with double majors in international relations and economics from Wellesly College in Masachusettes and a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University in New York, is interested in working with youth.

Princess Kesang Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan (b. 1982), is another daughter of the former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and a half-sister of the current King. Kezang Choden Wangchuck has a degree in psychology from Stanford University in California.

Cambodia

Princess Norodom Buppha Devi of Cambodia (b. 1943) is the daughter of the former King Norodom Sihanouk and a half-sister of the current King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni. As a young princess her grandmother, Queen Sisowath Kossamak, chose her to become a dancer early in her life. At the age of 15, she became the premiere dancer of the Royal Ballet, and at the age of 18, she was granted the title of prima ballerina. She married at the age of fifteen, and has five children, including the Princesses Sisowath Moni Kossoma and Sisowath Kalyan Tevi.

Japan

Crown Princess Masako of Japan (b. 1963) is the wife of Crown Prince Naruhito, the first son of the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko, and a member of the Imperial House of Japan through marriage. She holds a BA in Economics and in addition to her native Japanese, she is fluent in English and French, and conversant in several other languages. She and the Crown Prince have one daughter, Aiko, Princess Toshi, born in 2001.

Princess Akishino (Kiko) (b. 1966) is the wife of Prince Akishino, the second son of the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko of Japan. Commonly known as Princess Kiko, she received her MA in psychology and is known for her continuing interest in deaf culture. She is a skilled sign language interpreter. She is also President of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association and plays an active role in the Japanese Red Cross society. She and the prince have three children.

Princess Mako of Akishino (b. 1991), is the oldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and grand-daughter of the reigning Emperor. Princess Mako is currently a second year student at International Christian University in Tokyo. She will soon move to Ireland to study English at the University College Dublin.

Princess Kako of Akishino (b. 1994) is the second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and the sister of Princess Mako. She is currently a student at Gakushūin Girls' High School in Tokyo, and is talented in figure skating.

Princess Hitachi of Japan (b. 1940) is the wife of the second son of the late Hirohito, the Shõwa Emperor. She is president of various organizations that concern themselves with welfare and the arts. She has also translated various children books from English into Japanese.

Princess Mikasa (B. 1923) is the wife of Prince Mikasa, the brother of the late Hirohito, the Shõwa Emperor, and paternal uncle to the current Emperor Akihito. She is honorary president of various charitable organizations, especially those concerned with the preservation of traditional, Japanese culture. She also plays an active role in the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Thailand

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand (b. 1955) is the is the second daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and sister of the Crown Prince. In Thailand, she is often referred to as the "Princess of Technology" due to her interest and expertise in applying science for the country's development. She holds degrees in history and a doctorate in Educational Development and speaks fluent English, French and Chinese. An accomplished musician, she plays the trumpet and several Thai traditional instruments. She also teaches at the History Department of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, where she is the nominal head of the department.

Princess Srirasmi of Thailand (b. 1971) is the third and current wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Srirasmi initiated the "Sai Yai Rak Jak Mae Su Luk" (Love and care from mother to children) campaign which promoted breast feeding. The campaign features images of her son, His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti.

Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand, also known as Princess Pa or Patty (b. 1978) is the first grandchild of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, and the only child of Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn with his first wife, Princess Soamsavali. She received her master's and doctoral degree at Cornell Law School and worked at the Thai Permanent mission to the United Nations. She was later appointed Attorney of the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok, and of the Udonthani province. She runs the "Kamlangjai" project to support Thai women in incarceration including pregnant inmates and their babies. She also sponsors a foundation to help poor people in rural areas affected by natural disasters.

Princess Chulabhorn Walailak of Thailand (b. 1957) is the youngest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. She studied chemistry at university and is heavily involved in the promotion of scientific research. She has two daughters, the Princess Siribhachudhabhorn, (b. 1982, commonly known as Princess Rhiba) who holds a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts and is president of Siribhachudhabhorn Volunteer Aviation Agency, specializing in conservation and evacuation, helping citizens in need from the problem of drought, flood etc. and rincess Adityadhornkitikhun (b. 1984, Commonly known as Princess Dita) who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Design.

Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand (b.1951), is the eldest child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. She relinquished her royal title and settled in the United States with her husband, Peter Ladd Jensen, but came back to Thailand after divorcing in 1998, and has increasingly taken part in royal ceremonies. In 2008, she began a film career, playing the main role in the Thai film Where The Miracle Happens. The princess has three children, but her only son, who was a victim of autism, perished in the 2004 tsunami that swept Thailand and other countries in the region.


African Princesses
Lesotho

Princess Senate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho, Africa (b. 2001) is the eldest child of King Letsie III and his wife Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso. Princess Senate is the patron of the Coalition on the Rights of the Child which works to monitor and implement the children's rights in Lesotho.

Morocco

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (b. 1978) is the princess consort of King Mohammed VI of Morocco and the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to have been publicly acknowledged and given a royal title. She studied engineering and worked as a service engineer for a few years. She supports cancer research, the Fez Music Festival and is involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa. She has two children, including the Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco (b. 2007).

Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco (b. 1962) is the first daughter and eldest child of the late King Hassan II of Morocco and sister of King Mohammed VI. She serves as the President of Social Works of the Royal Army Forces, and focuses much of her work on behalf of women and children. Princess Meryem is the President of the Moroccan association in support of UNICEF, President of the Hassan II Foundation for the Moroccans residing abroad, President of the Moroccan National Observatory of the Childs Rights and was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for women and children.

Princess Lalla Asma of Morocco (b.1965) is the second daughter of the late King Hassan II and sister of King Mohammed VI. She is Honorary President in Morocco of SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad).

Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco (born November 19, 1967) is the youngest daughter of the late King Hassan II and sister of King Mohammed VI. Princess Hasna is interested in social and cultural activities, with special emphasis on environmental issues in Morocco. In 1999 she launched the national campaign for the protection of the environment and gave the prize for the most beautiful and cleanest beach in Morocco. She is Chair of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the protection of the environment dedicates her life and work to environmental issues.

Tonga

HRH Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita (Princess Pilolevu) (b.1951) is the only daughter of the late King of Tonga Tāufa‘āhau Tupou IV, and his wife, Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata‘aho ‘Ahome‘e, and sister to the current King of Tonga, Tupou VI. Princess Pilolevu currently resides in California with her husband, Tongan diplomat Siosa'ia Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita.