Meet The Royal Families From Around The World
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“People think Princesses are supposed to wear tiaras. Marry the Prince. Always look pretty and live happily ever after. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a real job.” – Queen Clarisse Renaldi of Genovia
Genovia is a country between France and Italy. It is a place where the most delicious pears are grown and a place where the beloved Queen Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldi (Renaldo according to the book) calls home.
Queen Mia is not like your ordinary royal. She grew up in a house, not a palace. She wore a bucket hat, not a tiara. She was sometimes clumsy, barely elegant. However, later on, she learns what it means to be a royal, a Princess, and a Queen. Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldi (Renaldo according to the book) used not only her mind but also her heart when leading her European country, making her the adored Queen of Genovia.
Even though they are fictional, Queen Mia and her grandmother Clarisse are among the most well-known royals, along with the non-fictional Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of her British monarchy. Royal families around the world have always made us curious about their spick and span lives and their happy ever afters. But what we sometimes forget is that there is more to them than their royal titles. Do we even know the rest of the world’s royal highnesses?
The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg married his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa in February 1981. The couple has five children: Prince Guillaume (the Hereditary Grand Duke), Prince Félix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Sébastien.
Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, is the first in line to the crown of Luxembourg. In 2012, the Prince married Princess Stephanie in a civil ceremony on October 19th and a religious ceremony on October 20th. The family has a son named Prince Charles – the second in the line to the succession to the throne of Luxembourg.
The Imperial Family of Japan
The Imperial Family of Japan is also known as the House of Yamato. The Japanese Constitution as it stands states that the Emperor is "the symbol of the state and the unity of the people.” The Imperial House is recognized as the oldest hereditary monarchy in existence, with their male children taking on the responsibilities of the Emperor. According to historical sources, Japan's emperors have reigned since Emperor Kinmei in AD 539.
The Imperial family has 17 members. The Emperor Naruhito who is the eldest son of the Emperor Emeritus Akihito and the Empress Emerita Michiko. The Empress Masako who is also the consort of the Emperor Naruhito. The Princess Toshi, the daughter of the Emperor Naruhito and the Empress Masako. There is also the Emperor Emeritus and the Empress Emerita. The Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Akishino, Princess Kako of Akishino, and Prince Hisahito of Akishino. The Prince Hitachi, the Princess Hitachi, the Princess Mikasa, Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, Princess Akiko of Mikasa, and Princess Yoko of Mikasa. The Princess Takamado and Princess Tsuguko of Takamado.
The Royal House of the Netherlands
After his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated in 2013, King Willem-Alexander assumed the throne as the King of the Netherlands. He became the youngest monarch in Europe at age 46 and the first man to rule the Netherlands since his great-great-grandfather passed away in 1890.
King Willem-Alexander married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002. The couple have three daughters: the Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane.
The Belgian Monarchy
His Majesty, King Philippe of Belgium, is the eldest son of King Albert II and Queen Paola. After King Albert II abdicated in 2013 for health reasons, King Philippe took the throne.
King Philippe and his wife Queen Mathilde have four children: Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eléonore. Princess Elisabeth who is the Duchess of Brabant is the successor to the Belgian throne.
The Swedish Royal Family
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King Carl XVI Gustaf is the only son of Sweden’s Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla. He was crowned King of Sweden on September 15, 1973. But after the 1974 Instrument of Sweden went into effect, the King's political authority was formally revoked. King Carl XVI Gustaf currently holds the highest ranks in all three branches of the Swedish Armed Forces and is regarded as Sweden's chief representative.
King Carl XVI Gustaf married Silvia Sommerlath on June 19, 1976. The royal couple have three children and eight grandchildren. Crown Princess Victoria is the eldest child of the royal family and the heir apparent to the Swedish crown.
Mohammed VI of Morocco
Mohammed VI is the King of Morocco and he is part of the Alawi Dynasty. He took on the role of King in 1999 after the passing of his father, King Hassan II. Beginning with Mawlay al-Sharif, the Moroccan royal family came to power in the 17th century.
As King, Mohammad enacted a variety of changes and altered the family code, giving women more authority. King Mohammed was married to Salma Bennani and they have two children: Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the Dragon King of Bhutan. He was crowned as King in December 2006 and a public coronation ceremony was held in November 2008.
The King was married to Jetsun Pema in October 2011. Later, his wife received an official proclamation as the Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In 2016, the family welcomed their son Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. In the spring of 2020, their second son was born Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck.