Who’s who: the royal heirs to the throne of Europe in a row

At the moment it is still their parents who make state visits and cut ribbons, but just like our 18-year-old Amalia, Europe has more young royals who are being groomed to one day take over the baton as monarch(ess). Below are the colleagues of our crown princess in a row.

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Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

At 20, Elisabeth is two years older than Amalia, but they have one thing in common: when the time is right, they will become queen of their country. There is a difference in their upbringing. “Willem-Alexander and Máxima put a little more emphasis on ‘being yourself’ and casualness. Don’t forget that Mathilde also received a fairly formal noble upbringing. Elisabeth may sometimes look a bit stiff, at least she is not arrogant, which threatens to become a problem with Amalia,” says a source who knows both families.

Elisabeth’s upbringing is a bit stiffer than at home at home, Thierry Debels writes in the book The young royals of Belgium† In contrast to the cold upbringing of King Philippe, he and Mathilde deal with it more lovingly. Nevertheless, Elisabeth should behave like her brothers and sister. But there is no question of a very unusual upbringing.

In terms of education, Elisabeth is not inferior to other prominent figures who grow up in Europe and look forward to a prosperous future. Elisabeth attended United World College Atlantic in Wales – the school Alexia now attends – and then attended the Royal Military Academy for a year. Last year she announced that she was going to study history and politics at Oxford.

Her life doesn’t look very different now than it did before her 18th birthday. She has no official program as heir to the throne, no counselors of her own, and no offices of her own at the palace. She is, however, occasionally involved in the kingship in front of the camera during official moments, but one of her parents is always present. Her parents want her to lead a normal life as long as possible and not go to ceremonies alone.

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Shortly after Amalia, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway celebrates her eighteenth birthday. The daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway faces a similar future. Ingrid is in her last year of secondary school in Oslo and would have an ordinary side job, but does occasionally do some royal jobs in between. After she graduates, the princess will probably go to study abroad.

There are rumors that Princess Ingrid Alexandra has already hooked up a prince, but a spokesperson for the Norwegian royal family refuses to make any statements about this. The man in question is reportedly four years older than the princess and made an appearance at the gala dinner to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. Other royal families were also present, including Willem-Alexander, Máxima and Amalia.

Ingrid Alexandra, like Amalia, occasionally prepares for her future as queen. Last year she was allowed to join the army for a day. Since the incumbent king or queen in Norway is also formally the commander in chief of the armed forces, a little training is of course a plus. For now, the princess can enjoy her young years as much as possible. Her grandfather Harald is still on the throne and her public role will only become more important when her father takes over.

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Prince Christian of Denmark

At the age of 16, Prince Christian of Denmark is already becoming a tough guy. However, it will be a while before he ascends the throne. It is still his grandmother, Queen Margrethe, who keeps this place warm. And then it is Christian’s father’s turn, Crown Prince Frederik. This allows the prince to focus on normal things for the time being, such as school, friends and other adolescent affairs.

Unlike other princes and princesses, Christian ‘just’ goes to school in Denmark. But yes, the fact that his boarding school, the elite Herlufsholm about 100 kilometers from the palace, is under attack, is probably something the royals are not very happy about. In a broadcast documentary abuses such as the alleged bullying culture, maltreatment and abuse among the students are discussed. A reaction from Frederik and Mary is inevitable.

“It is heartbreaking to hear of the systematic bullying and to hear about the culture of abuse and violence that many have been a part of. That is completely unacceptable. As parents, we expect the school to create a culture where everyone is safe and feels part of the community, and we will be following closely the changes that are so clearly needed in the near future,” they wrote in a statement.

Prince Christian himself would have nothing to do with the abuses. It is questionable whether Princess Isabella still plans to go to this boarding school like her brother.

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Princess Leonor of Spain

All hopes are pinned on Princess Leonor to pull the Spanish royal family out of the doldrums. After the revelations surrounding the former scandal king Juan Carlos, the reconstruction of the image of the royal family has started. The reputational damage is immense. Even King Felipe, who has already distanced himself from his father and his mistakes, seems unable to turn the tide. Perhaps the charming Leonor will succeed. Highly intelligent, multilingual, she is Princess Alexia’s classmate at Atlantic College in Wales, the prominent boarding school that gives you access to virtually every leading university in the world.

Unlike Amalia, Leonor is publicly groomed for her role as queen from an early age. And well, probably also used as a PR tool. At the age of thirteen she already gave an impressive speech in Spanish, Catalan, English and Arabic. Leonor is not even of legal age yet when she has already had several solo performances. The life of the Spanish princess is therefore different from that of her European ‘colleagues’, but if anyone can improve the image of the Spanish royal family in the future, it is Leonor.

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Princess Estelle of Sweden

As a 10-year-old, Princess Estelle, daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, does not have to worry about the upcoming kingship yet. She is taken on work visits by her mother from an early age, so that Estelle can slowly get used to the tasks that come with the royal agenda. The princess is not bored during those outings: during the visit to Naturum Tåkern, a nature reserve that she opened herself, Estelle has a smile from ear to ear. Give her a microphone and an ice cream tasting and the princess is happy. If this doesn’t turn out to be a sparkling queen, then we don’t know what will.

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Prince George

Prince George

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Prince George

As third in line to the throne, it will be a while before Prince George puts a crown on his head. Nevertheless, the eyes and cameras are not only on his grandfather Charles and his father William, but also on himself. Every step the future frost takes is closely monitored. From the first snapshot right after birth to the first day at school: the entire nation is watching. On special occasions, George shows his face on the basis of his father or mother, but that does not alter the fact that a ‘normal’ upbringing is highly valued at the Cambridges.

George goes to a public, albeit very expensive, school, and only in exceptional cases gets a taste of life as a working royal. Kate is a hands-on mother who tries to keep her offspring out of the limelight as much as possible. William is also very protective: recently he scolded a photographer during a bike ride with the family, because the man in question did not respect their privacy and came too close.

It is inevitable that George faces a turbulent future where he is the (suffering) topic of conversation in the sometimes rather cruel (British) media. For example, the little man is fond of ballet, for which he was ridiculed a few years ago by an American presenter. Hopefully, with the right preparation and support from his parents and the court, he will be able to hold his head high later in life.

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Prince Jacques

The Monegasques had to wait 52 years for it, but then the time had finally come: Prince Albert became the father of twins, which this time were not illegitimate children. Despite the fact that Princess Gabriella is older than her brother, Prince Jacques eventually ascends the throne due to (pretty old-fashioned) regulations. He is first in line for the succession to the throne, because well, men come first in Monaco.

The little ones of Albert and Charlene initially grow up mainly outside the flashing cameras. But since their mother’s health problems last year, they are increasingly seen on their father’s arm. This way Jacques, only 7 years old, can already get a taste of the life that awaits him. Something Albert finds very important. After all, he was raised the same way by his parents. “Our parents took us on official trips from a very young age, but it didn’t feel that way to us at all. Our parents did their chores and spent their free time with us,” he says. people

Prince Jacques just lets it happen a little bit. For example, he awards the first prize a little shyly at the Grand Prix of Monaco and he looks shy on many snapshots. There is still plenty of time to get used to the rotating cameras, but for now Jacques doesn’t seem too fond of them.

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