No matter how much the world changes around us, there’s always something eternally fascinating about watching a new generation of princesses grow up, come of age and take their place in the spotlight. From William and Kate’s cheeky little Charlotte, to Princess Mary’s fresh-faced teenage lass Isabella, we give you the rundown on the most important princesses to keep your eye on in Europe and the UK at the moment and in the years to come.
Her royal credentials: Daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Katherine, and fourth in line to the British throne.
Cheeky Charlotte, 6, has clearly inherited her late great-grandfather Prince Philip’s famously direct manner. In 2019, she poked out her tongue at the crowds at the King’s Cup regatta and the little lass told photographers at her younger brother Louis’ christening in 2018: “You’re not coming.”
Her royal credentials: The eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth became heir apparent after her grandfather King Albert II abdicated in favour of her father on July 21, 2013. The 21-year-old benefits from the 1991 change of Belgian law of royal succession to absolute primogeniture, which means she’s set to become the country’s first reigning queen. Princess Elisabeth graduated in 2020 from the UWC Atlantic College in Wales and spent one year at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, before returning to Britain to read history and politics at Oxford.
Her royal credentials: The oldest child and only daughter of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece and his American heiress wife, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal Miller, Princess Olympia, 25, is a thoroughly modern princess living the high life as a European “It” girl. Maria Olympia has modelled for Dior and was once even rumoured to be dating Prince Harry.
Her royal credentials: The eldest daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, Leonor, 16, will make royal history when she takes the throne as the country’s first ruling queen since 1868. In fact, Princess Leonor has an impressive five historic titles to her name (Princess of Girona, Duchess of Montblanc and Countess of Cervera among them).
Her royal credentials: The lovely 14-year-old daughter of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik was the first girl to be born into the family since Queen Anne-Marie of Greece in 1946. Subsequently, Denmark celebrated with a 21-gun salute at her birth! Princess Isabella, the Countess of Monpezat, is third in line to the throne, after her brother Prince Christian, 15. She’s also the elder sister to ten-year-old twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.
Her royal credentials: There are absolutely no “princessy airs” with Norway’s grounded and earthy Princess Ingrid who loves surfing and kickboxing, and attended a state school. The eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid, 17, is second to the throne. If crowned, she’ll be only the second female ruling monarch in Norway, after Queen Margaret in the 15th century.