Check Out the Next Generation of Royals Set to Take the Throne
Around the world, the young descendants of Kings and Queens must prepare to someday inherit the throne and responsibilities of royalty. These young men and women will also inherit their family fortunes. The incredible wealth of some royal dynasties is reportedly as high as $30 billion USD. Who are the young heirs and heiresses of the world’s richest ruling families? Read on to meet the next generation of royals.
Formally known as Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor, Lady Amelia has ways to go before she sets sight of the throne. Presently, she stands 36th in the line of succession. Nonetheless, she has risen as a star in her own right. For a while, she kept out of the spotlight; however, she has since begun to emerge as one of the “most beautiful members of the royal family,” as determined by Tatler Magazine.
Presently, Lady Amelia studies at the University of Edinburgh. What she has become best known for is her flair for fashion. In 2013, she took Paris by storm by gracing the Bal des Debutantes as a debutante. She was of course lavished with adoration. Later, she told Teen Vogue that she felt super spoiled at the event, treated just as one would expect royalty to be treated.
Yes, Princess Sofia is the real deal and not just a cute Disney cartoon meant to occupy young girls who aspire to be princesses. This Sofia is more formally known as Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland. She represents her country of Sweden with poise. But she didn’t grow up in a life of royalty until her marriage to Prince Carl Philip, and it is quite fascinating.
Princess Sofia has worked as everything from waitress to model to yoga instructor. She has also dabbled in several fields of study, including business and children’s communication. She has also been featured as a bikini model in the popular Swedish men’s magazine, Slitz. She has two sons.
Also hailing from Sweden is Princess Madeline, specifically the Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland. The youngster of the royal family at the age of 35, Princess Madeline prefers to go by the name Len around those who know her best. As the youngest, she is quite far down the line of succession– seventh to be exact. Even so, she has managed to establish an identity for herself.
Princess Madeleine holds a Bachelors of Art from Stockholm University and is fluent in several languages, including English and German. What’s more, she also loves horses and is a serious equestrian, having competed in the past. She has also been involved in many notable charitable causes. Specifically, she is very passionate about the welfare of children and helped establish ThankYou by Childhood, a campaign that advocates for children who have been sexually abused.
Princess Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi
Princess Charlotte Marie Pommeling Casiraghi is the sister of the handsome prince discussed previously, Prince Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi. She, too, is in line for the throne, only she is ninth place in that line. In any case, she has kept herself occupied with a myriad of activities and occupations.
She has worked extensively in both publishing and journalism. Specifically, she interned both at the London-based newspaper The Independent and at a publishing house in France. Presently, she serves as the editor-at-large for Above, a magazine dedicated to bringing awareness to issues concerning sustainability. She is also a skilled equestrian and even serves as the equestrian ambassador for Gucci.
Princess Sikhanyiso of Swaziland comes from a large family. Her father is King Mswati III, and he has thirty children, of whom Sikhanyiso is the eldest. What is perhaps most special about Princess Sikhanyiso is that she lays claim to one of the last true absolute monarchies left standing today. However, she has been scrutinized by some for acting unlike a royal. Princess Sikhanyiso earned her degree at the University of Sydney. While taking in the very different norms of Western culture, she often donned jeans and other very Western fashion. Women are not permitted to dress like this in her native country.
As for Princess Sikhanyiso today, she attends to several matters. For one, she recently founded an organization called the Imbali Foundation, which aims to improve the health and general quality of life of Swazi women and to empower them to achieve. She also oversees Miss Swaziland Tourism, which is a national beauty pageant that is heavily tied with the foundation.
For a while, Princess Beatrice of York was at the head of the line of succession to the British throne. However, she was dropped to fifth in line in 2015 when Princess Kate gave birth to the adorable Princess Charlotte. In any case, she has devoted much of her time to charity work and earned a degree in history from Goldsmiths College in London.
Her passion for helping others grew evident when she was a teenager when she traveled to Russia to assist children presently living and suffering from the effects of HIV. She also involved herself with Springboard for Children, a British organization that advocates for children with learning disabilities and ensures they receive the assistance they need. For a while, she dated a well-to-do businessman who worked for Virgin Galactic, but they have since parted ways.
Princess Theodora stands out because she gets to claim the title of Princess of Greece and Denmark. How does this happen? Well, her mother Anne-Marie hails from Denmark as the daughter of King Frederick IX. Her father Constantine II, on the other hand, was the last king to represent Greece.
Princess Theodora has engaged herself in multiple activities and endeavors. Assuming the alias Theodora Greece, she attended Brown University in Rhode Island and earned a degree in Theatre Arts. Since then, she has settled down in Los Angeles, where she holds big dreams of becoming an actress.
The next in line to claim the Belgian throne, Princess Elisabeth, is not much older than Dutch Catharina-Amalia. She is 15 and is the eldest among her three siblings. Her parents are King Philippe and Queen Matilde. Also like the Dutch princess, Princess Elisabeth appears to be an average teen in many ways.
She differs from many of her other relatives, in that she is being educated in Dutch. As such, she is fluent in the language. She has also mastered French and German. Moreover, she participates in a dance group thatt is instructed completely in Dutch. Several years ago, she stood before a large audience and delivered a powerful speech to commemorate the First World War.
Unlike many of the young royals listed thus far, Princess Victoria does not stand in some distant spot in the line of succession. In fact, she is presently the very next in line to take the Swedish throne, after her father King Carl XVI Gustaf. At that point, Princess Victoria will make history as the first queen regnant to take the throne since 1720.
As the first in line, Princess Victoria’s responsibilities are also significantly more pressing than some of the royals lower down the line of succession. For instance, she is an active head of state when her father is out of the country and she is involved in government affairs.
Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana
Unlike many of the royals on this list, Princess Sirivannavari stands out in that she does not stand among several siblings before the throne. She is the only child of her father, who is of course no other than King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Chalalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Beyond this, Princess Sirivannavari has a knack for badminton. In 2005, she scored gold for her team at the South East Asian Games. She also is quite the fashionista. In 2007, she traveled to Paris to oversee her very own fashion show. The line she represented was inspired by her own royal family’s garbs, particularly those of her grandmother.
Prince Carl Philip
This Swedish prince, or Duke of Värmland, has plenty going for him. However, he is not quite at the foot of the throne just yet. His older sister Victoria stands before him, followed by his niece and nephew. Even so, he has been leading a fabulous life with his beautiful wife Princess Sofia and even has two children, Gabriel and Alexander.
Beyond this, Prince Carl Philip has an artistic edge to him. For a while, he studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. However, he learned that it was not for him and so traveled back to his home country to be educated at an institution there. He loves all things nature and thirsts for adventure. Lately, he has been traveling abroad, piecing together documentaries along the way. He has a net worth nearing $10 million.
We have already talked about Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, but what about the prince? That would be none other than Prince Philippos. However, it is worth noting again that the monarchy that once stood steadfast in Greece no longer exists. As a result, Prince Philippos is not really a prince in the technical sense.
Fortunately, that appears to work just fine for him. Prince Philippos shies away from public attention, preferring to keep much of his private life private–quite the opposite of his sister, who is an aspiring actress. He studied at Georgetown University.
Britain’s Prince Harry, formally known as Prince Henry Charles of Wales, is a hard man to miss. After all, he appears to be just about everywhere. In fact, after graduating from the exclusive Eton School, Prince Harry decided that he wanted to see the world. Thus, he took a gap year and traveled. First, he went to Australia, where he worked on a cattle ranch and enjoyed playing competitive polo. He then visited Lesotho, which gave him the opportunity to help out at local orphanages.
Perhaps most notable, Prince Harry served in Afghanistan for two years, as part of the British army. However, he had to cut his time short with the army after being identified. He did return eventually but decided to retire from the military altogether a couple years ago. Today, he works actively with several charities. One of these is called Walking With the Wounded, an organization that advocates for those who served in the British armed forces and were wounded while deployed. He has a net worth of $40 million and presently stands in fourth place in the line of succession to the throne.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum may have hold of Dubai, UAE, as the Crown Prince. However, he has proven himself to be so much more than a stuffy royal kid. As it turns out, he enjoys doing many different things and excels at just about all of them.
After graduating from secondary school in his home country, he traveled to the United Kingdom, where he enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After thriving and graduating, he attempted to further his education at the London School of Economics before deciding that he would rather pursue other interests. Today, he does everything from sky diving to sailing while upholding his royal responsibilities. He is also a distinguished poet in his home country, although he goes by the pseudonym Fazza.
Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume
Luxembourg may be a small European country that often gets overlooked for its more tourist-trodden neighbors like Germany and France. That is a shame, of course, as the country has so much to offer: friendly people, rolling landscapes, and an adorable prince. Presently, Prince Felix remains second in the line of succession to the throne.
He is fluent in several language, including English, French, German, and his native Luxembourgish. He went to Rome to pursue his degree in bioethics and graduated from Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. Finally, Prince Felix is rather athletic. He is particularly partial to basketball and even holds the position of honorary president of the Federation Luxembourg Basketball.
Prince Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi
Monaco is yet another small but beautiful place in Europe that sometimes gets overlooked by even the most wanderlust travelers. Its population is just a little over 38,000. However, Prince Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi has helped shine some well-deserved light on the little city-state.
Presently, he is fourth in line for the throne of Monaco. He is also the grandson of now-deceased American starlet Grace Kelly. For a while, he attended the prestigious McGill University in Canada. However, he eventually transferred to the American University of Paris and graduated with a BA in both politics and visual arts. The following year, he headed for New York to attend The New School, from which he earned a graduate degree in international affairs. After that, he completed an internship in France, specifically at Qatar’s embassy. He is interested in many different sports and has a very impressive collection of Swatch watches.
Hailing from Germany, Prince Albert–perhaps more formally known by his appropriately lengthy name of Prince Albert Fürst von Thurn und Taxis–has quite a bit to show for himself. He had the honor of topping the world’s young billionaire list at the age of just eight, and even beyond that, he remained on the list for several years. This has been the case since his father passed away in 1990, leaving Prince Albert to take his place. In total, Prince Albert had a staggering $3 billion to his name.
But this royal has more to show for himself, beyond the posh life into which he was born. He earned his degree at the University of Edinburgh, specifically in economics and theology. Perhaps most impressive, Prince Albert loves all things race cars and racing. For two consecutive years, he was the vice-champion of the German GT Championship. In 2010, he reigned as champion himself.
Princess Tsuguko of Takamado has remained something of an enigma, and for an undrstandable reason. The Japanese royal family is very selective about what it tells the outside world about it. Even so, there is enough information about her to understand who she is as a person.
The daughter of Norihito (Prince Takamado) and Hisako (Princess Takamado), Princess Tsuguko is an asset to the Imperial House of Japan. She has siblings and is the eldest of them all. Additionally, Princess Tsuguko enrolled in several different universities but chose to drop out a couple times. In 2013, she at last obtained her BA from Waseda University in Tokyo.
Don Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón
Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón (his full name!) might still be young, having turned 19 just a couple months ago, but he has quite the legacy to uphold. Presently, he stands fourth in line to the Spanish throne. He also has an interesting reputation.
For instance, in 2012, he found himself in the headlines after shooting himself in the left foot while visiting family members on their farm. He was 13 at the time, yet Spain’s law dictates that children under 14 cannot operate firearms. This year, he graduated from high school in the United States.
Princess Iman bint Al Hussein
Princess Iman bint Al Hussein stands out from the rest because she does not really emphasize her princess-ness. Yes, she is the daughter of former King of Jordan King Hussein. And yes, her mother is Queen Noor of Jordan. For the most part, however, Princess Iman has managed to follow her own path.
For instance, after graduating from high school in the United States, she headed to the United Kingdom to train at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She was done with training in a year. Presently, she attends American University and hopes to obtain a degree in veterinary medicine.
Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum
The daughter of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the UAE, Sheika Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum hails from a fairly gilded background. Even so, she is not known so much for being prim and proper as she is for being an exceptional martial artist.
She competed in the 2006 Asian Games in the karate event, representing her country, and took home a silver medal. She even got the opportunity to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics, specifically in taekwando.
Prince Joseph Wenzel
We have discussed at length the royals of smaller republics, perhaps most notably Monaco. But one prince lays claim to one of the smallest places yet: the micro-state of Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein boasts a population no greater than 37,400 or so. Prince Joseph Wenzel stands second in line to claim it all.
Liechtenstein may be small, but that does not mean that it is not without wealth. One of the richest monarchs in the world, Prince Joseph Wenzel has a net worth of roughly $5 billion. Just this year, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Zara Phillips is another fine example of a woman who might have royal blood coursing through her veins, thanks to her mother Princess Anne. As it stands, she is 16th in line for the British throne. However, she has managed to eschew the “princess” title for the most part and instead focuses on the one thing she truly excels at: equestrian sports.
Not only is Zara Phillips a skilled equestrian. She is a competitive one. In 2006, she took home the win at the Eventing World Championship, held in Germany. Even the British general public seem to regard Phillips more as an athlete than as a royal. In 2006, that same public chose her to be BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. In 2012, she won a silver medal at the Summer Olympics.
Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume
The small but dignified country of Luxembourg flaunts yet another wonderful prince: Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume. The youngest of four siblings, he stands sixth in the line of succession for the throne. Still, he strives for greatness.
For one, he received his degree in Marketing and International Business from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. While there, he excelled as a star rugby player. Moreover, he just recently finished training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Last month, he was sworn into the Luxembourg army.
Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim
Some might overlook the small country of Brunei, whose population is just under 500,000. However, Prince Haji ‘Abdul’ Azim, more commonly known as Prince Azim, has helped bring awareness to his country through his actions alone. The second son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Prince Azim stands fourth in line before he may claim the throne of Brunei.
In the meantime, he has been heavily involved with several different charities. Most recently, he attended two events in his home country that aimed to put an end to domestic abuse and to encourage women to pursue their goals. He’s also a celebrity in his own right and has partied with the likes of Diana Ross, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Jackson. He also was said to have had the best party of the year in 2009. That party was his birthday celebration. He has a net worth of around $5 billion.
Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi
Leader of the Bafokeng Nation of South Africa, King Kgosi Leruo presently takes the throne as the 36th king. His kingdom sits proud in the North West province of South Africa. He is one of five siblings and has an impressively extensive resume. Educated at Hilton College of Natal University, he holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. While at the University, he stood out and scored the Victor Ludorum Gold Medallion.
Professionally, Kgosi Leruo is doing quite well for himself and holds several leadership positions (beyond that of king, of course). As of now, he is the proud president of Mineral Rights Association of Indigenous People of South Africa and as a result has helped some significant legislature concerning mining see fruition.
Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
The youngest royal on our list, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, is just 13-years-old. But she has a mighty legacy to uphold. She is destined to take the place of her father, King Willem-Alexander, as ruler of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Of course, in the meantime, she is just a child.
In many respects, she is just like any other pre-teen. She has two younger sisters and attends school. Her mother is Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. In sum, Catharina-Amalia has just to adjust to her life as princess, but she is doing well.
The younger sister of Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie stands eighth in line for the British throne. Although one might think Princess Eugenie would have to stand in the shadows of her elder sister, Princess Eugenie has managed to thrive in her own right. In fact, the whole family has been known to embark on long trips abroad.
At the age of 12, Princess Eugenie had to undergo surgery to treat her scoliosis. Fortunately, she has fully recovered and is likely free from any future complications. Today, she works as an associate director for London’s famed Hauser & Wirth Gallery.
There is no denying the charm and fame that surrounds this Duke of Cambridge. He is the son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles and stands second in the line of succession, just behind his father. In any case, Prince William is not afraid to jump into action. After undergoing rigorous training, he found himself a place in the Blues and Royals cavalary unit of the British military. Although he has since retired from the armed forces, he endured an admirable run.
It is also worth noting that Prince William is a trained helicopter pilot. He obtained his license in 2009 and worked a trying but rewarding job as a pilot for the RAF Search and Rescue Force. Additionally, he was educated at the University of St. Andrews. At one point, he delayed his studies to travel through Africa, Chile, and Belize.
Kim Jong Un
There is perhaps no nation today that has received the level of attention heaped upon North Korea, especially considering its status as a “hermit nation” whose citizens know little about the outside world. One thing that people cannot help being curious about is the infamous dynasty that has so thoroughly helped establish the country’s identity: the Kim dynasty.
Kim Jong Un, the present supreme leader of the nation, stands in the center of all this press. Very little was known about him originally–that is, until the day he took his father’s place after Kim Jong Il’s death in 2011. He revels in decadence and is known to be quite the drinker. Of course, there is also no denying his wealth. He boasts a net worth of $5 billion.
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