Sunday, September 21, 2014

European Monarchy 2.0: Queens & Kings To Be

With the second English royal baby on his/her way, I thought to make a summery on who's is going to be king & queen in Europe monarchies....Of course, oldest heir to the throne of all times is well-know Charles of United Kingdom while the youngest is Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz of Spain (she's almost 9 years old).

Here's to you Their (future) Royal Highnesses:

Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz of Spain was born on 31 October 2005 in Madrid, Spain. Her dad, Felipe VI of Spain, is king from 19 June 2014 after Leonor's grandfather Juan Carlos abdicated the throne. She's the first in line to the throne and has a younger sister, Infanta Sofia. "Infanta" is the title given to the monarch' sons and daughters from the second-born, because they won't become kings and queens.


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Catharina-Amalia of Netherlands was born 7 December 2003, is the eldest child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of Netherlands. 
King Willem-Alexander ascended the throne on 30 April 2013 when his mother (Princess Beatrix) abdicated. Catharina's mother was born in Buenos AiresArgentina.
 Élisabeth Thérèse of Belgium was born on 25 October 2001 in Anderlecht, Brussels. She is the eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Likewise Leonor of Spain, also Elisabeth's grandfather King Albert II abdicated in favour of her father on 21 July 2013.
Guillaume Jean Joseph  of Luxembourg was born 11 November 1981 in Luxembourg and, unlike the rest of the Europeans monarchs, he won't be named king of Luxembourg but Grand Duke. He married Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy on both civil and religious weddings back in 2012. He speaks Luxembourgish, French, German, Spanish and English
-  Victoria of Sweden was born 14 July 1977 in  in SolnaStockholm County, Sweden. She will be Sweden's fourth queen regnant and the first since 1720. Famous was her admission on having had eating disorders back in 1997 and has been helped solving them in the U.S. She married her personal trainer Daniel Westling on 19 June 2010. Their official title is Duchess and Duke of Västergötland . The couple has a daughter, born in 2012.
Haakon Magnus of Norway was born 20 July 1973. He will become King of Norway even if his sister, Marta Louise, is the first born (she's 2 years older than her brother). He  married commoner and single mother Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 25 August 2001. The couple have two children, a girl (2004) and a boy (2005). Since the daughter is older, thanks to a constitutional reform she is the future queen after her father. Mette-Marit had a son (Marius, born in 1997) from a previous relationship and Haason Magnus is his step father, still Marius has no royal titles and can't be heir of the throne.
Frederik André Henrik Christian of Denmark was born 26 May 1968 in Copenhagen, Denmark. His wife, now Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, was born in Tasmania, Australia. The couple have 4 children, 2 of them are twins (a boy and a girl). 
Charles of United Kingdom was born 14 November 1948. Charles and Frederik of Demark are the only two future kings on a Europe throne whose mothers are the Queens, while their fathers have the title of Prince Consort. Charles is heir of England throne since 1952 and the oldest person to be next-in-line to the throne. After his disastrous marriage with Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, he married his long time love (and lover) Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. From the first marriage he had two sons: Prince William and Prince Henry (best known with his nickname Harry).

Spain, Belgium and Netherlands monarchs' religion is Christian Catholic, while in Sweden the religion is the Church of Sweden, that professes the Lutheran branch of Christianity.

Denmark religion is the Church of Denmark (or Danish National Church), formally known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, is the largest denomination in Denmark and GreenlandUnited Kingdom's religion is the Anglican Communion and the monarch is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. 


I didn't include the Principality of Monaco's future heir/heiress because Prince Albert II and Charlene, Princess of Monaco's son/daughter isn't born yet. Rumors seem to belive that is going to be a twin birth....we shall see!

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