When it comes to royals, it’s easy to think that it’s all about the British royal family, with famous royal couples like Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, regularly making headlines with their activities. But there are so many other royal couples you should know about, hailing from distant countries like Greece, Sweden, Jordan and Bhutan, going about their royal duties, meeting with their subjects and getting photographed at big events, just like the British royals we love to love.
So, let’s put the spotlight back on the rest of the world and some other, similarly high-profile royal couples that you should get to know. Couples like Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark and Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, Duke and Duchess of Värmland, and King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan. Oh, and we do think there’s one important British royal couple you should know about, too, since we’ll always have a soft spot for the Brits.
On that note, let’s take a look at nine other royal couples from other countries that you should definitely start following in the news, because the British royal family can’t have all the fun, right?
Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia
A former yoga teacher and contestant on the Swedish reality show Paradise Hotel, Sofia Hellqvist, now Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland, first met Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, at a luncheon. Both say it was “love at first sight” when they met.
The prince told later told People, “She’s down to earth and has a wonderful personality. There are so many good things to say about her.”
The couple married in 2015 and now have two little princes of their own.
Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg & Stéphanie, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
These dynamic royals reign over the smallest sovereign country in Europe that is less than 1,000 square miles, landlocked between Germany, Belgium and France. Stéphanie was raised in Brussels, speaking English, French and German but had to learn Luxembourgish for the wedding.
When asked if she believed Prince Charming was real, she said, “Not only do I believe in it, I also think I found it. I remember the day I met Guillaume; I told a friend – who by the way is going to be maid of honor at our wedding – I had found an exceptional man with whom I shared many things in common. I really did not think such a man could exist. So, of course, I believe in Prince Charming.”
The couple now live in London and have yet to have children.
Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark & Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark
Though Greece and its royal family have had a turbulent recent history, the couple now happily live in Greece and are hopeful for the country’s future. Prince Nikolaos was raised in London, England, following the Greek royal family’s exile in 1974. Princess Tatiana was raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but came to London as an adult to work for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Tatiana may always be adjusting to her role as a royal, once telling Vogue, “I do not feel like a princess…I do not feel that I married a prince, with a title. Well actually, yes, he is my prince, but nothing more.”
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema
These royals are King and Queen of Bhutan, a kingdom in the eastern Himalayas next to Tibet. Queen Jetsun is the youngest queen in the world, having married Khesar, also known as the “Dragon King,” when she was just 27. They have a three-year-old son, His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
The two actually met at a picnic when the future queen was only seven and the future king was 17. They married 14 years later in a wedding that was reportedly the largest event in Bhutanese history.
King Abdullah II & Queen Rania
King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan met at a party in 1993 and were married six months later. Rania was born in Kuwait, but her family fled to Jordan in the first Gulf War in 1991. The king enjoys riding motorcycles and is such a huge fan of Star Trek, he appeared as an extra on Star Trek: Voyager in 1996. The couple has four children.
Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, & Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
Mette-Marit and Haakon, Crown Princess and Crown Prince of Norway, initially met a music festival in the 1990s and later met again when Mette-Marit was a single mom. Because she was a commoner and associated with rave culture, many considered her a controversial choice for Haakon as his future wife when they married in 2001.
Today, the couple have two teenage children. Unfortunately, Mette-Marit confirmed in 2018 she had been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis. She told People, “Although such a diagnosis at times will limit my life, I’m glad that the disease has been discovered so early.”
Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco & Beatrice Borromeo
Pierre Casiraghi is the son of Princess Caroline of Monaco and the grandson of American actress Princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. Borromeo is an Italian journalist who lives a fairly modest lifestyle despite her high-profile marriage, telling Glamour, “I’m a reporter, and I have the salary of a reporter. I’m not going to put half of my salary into a pair of shoes. I did it a few times in my life, and it doesn’t feel right. You can wear Zara and nothing bad is going to happen to you.”
The couple married in 2015 now have two children.
Andrea Casiraghi & Tatiana Santo Domingo
Older brother to Pierre Casiraghi, Andrea Casiraghi is the nephew of Monaco’s Prince Albert and fourth in line to the throne. He began dating Colombian-Brazilian heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo after being introduced to her by his sister, Charlotte Casiraghi. The couple was married in 2013 currently live in London with their three children.
Princess Eugenie of York & Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank met while skiing in Switzerland in 2011. Eugenie is the daughter of Prince Andrew of York and Sarah, Duchess of York (they divorced in 1996). Jack, who skipped college to work in hospitality, married Eugenie in October 2018, five months after her first cousin, Prince Harry, married Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
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