Meet the royal women set to become Queens – avid surfer and ‘Hippie Hogwarts’ pupil


The British royal family might have three males next up in the line of succession waiting to be King, including Prince William and Prince George, but across the continent in Europe, there is a group of royal women waiting patiently to ascend to their country’s thrones as Queens

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In Britain, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George are all at the top of the line of succession for the throne.

This means that Britain will seemingly have a string of Kings in the future with no future female monarch currently in sight.

But across the Royal Families of Europe, this doesn’t seem to be quite the case.

That’s because there is a group of young women who are all heirs to their country’s thrones and will one day rule as Queens.

So who are these European women being primed to be monarchs? Here we take a look…

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

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As the oldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Princess Victoria is the heir to the throne – although this wasn’t always the case.

Her younger brother Carl Philip had previously been heir, but a change to the Act of Succession in Sweden introduced absolute primogeniture.

In 2010, she married Daniel Westling, her personal trainer and the owner of three gyms in Stockholm.

The couple had dated for eight years before their wedding, which was compared with Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s in terms of scale.

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But first, Daniel was put through an 18-month “prince training” programme on “the ceremonies and culture inheritance… linked to the history of the monarchy”.

They have a daughter Estelle, nine, who is second-in-line to the throne and a son Oscar, five.

Victoria, 44, is very popular in Sweden, thanks partly to her openness about both her dyslexia and her battle with anorexia in the 90s.

She will become Sweden’s fourth Queen regent when she ascends the throne and the first since the 1700s.

Princess Leonor of Spain

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She may only be 16, but Princess Leonor of Spain is already heir to the Spanish throne.

Leonor is the oldest child of King Felipe and Queen Letizia and has a younger sister, Princess Sofia.

She was bumped up the line of succession in 2014 when her grandfather King Juan Carlos abdicated and her father took the crown.

Already, Leonor has carried out several solo engagements and three years ago, gave her first speech.

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Earlier this year, she was pictured saying an emotional goodbye to her family as she flew off to start college in the UK.

She will spend the next two years studying at the UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major, Wales, which has been dubbed the ‘Hippie Hogwarts’.

UWC Atlantic College is set in the 12th century St Donat’s Castle on the southern Welsh coast and campus facilities include a library, woodland, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and classrooms within historic buildings.

Students are offered activities and subjects like Tai Chi, leadership and Tibetan literature alongside traditional classes.

It was founded in 1962 by German educationalist Kurt Hahn, who also set up Gordonstoun boarding school in Scotland, where Prince Charles attended.

Princess Catharina-Amalia of The Netherlands

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Princess Catharina-Amalia has been heir to the throne in the Netherlands since 2013 when her father King Willem-Alexander became King.

She has two younger sisters Princess Alexia, who attends the same school as Princess Leonor of Spain, and Princess Ariane.

Catharina-Amalia, 18, graduated from school in the summer and is currently on a gap year.

In June, it was revealed that the princess would be turning down a €1.6 million (£1.4 million) yearly allowance she would be entitled to when she turned 18.

She wrote a letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, saying she will not accept any money until she takes up royal duties.

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Catharina-Amalia said she would feel uncomfortable with receiving a high amount of money and not giving back to her country.

She also said other students have had a tougher time than her during the coronavirus pandemic, so she decided to reject the allowance.

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Princess Elisabeth, who is studying at Oxford University and is set to become Belgium’s first female monarch
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Princess Elisabeth of Belgium will make history when she ascends the throne – she will become the country’s first Queen regent.

Elisabeth, 20, is the oldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and has two brothers and a sister. Belgium introduced absolute primogeniture in 1991.

Her father became King in 2013 when his father King Albert II abdicated due to health reasons.

She too attended UWC Atlantic College in Wales and is described as a keen sportswoman who loves tennis, skiing, scuba diving and cooking.

In October, Elisabeth, who speaks several languages, began studying history and politics at Oxford University.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra will become Norway’s second female monarch when she ascends the throne.

She is second in the line of succession behind her father Crown Prince Haakon, whose father is King Harald.

Ingrid-Alexandra has an older half-brother as her mum Crown Princess Mette-Marit has a son from a previous relationship. She also has a younger brother Prince Sverre Magnus.

The 17-year-old has made many public appearances – and in 2010 was a bridesmaid for her godmother Princess Victoria of Sweden.

She also gave a guided tour of the Palace Park in Oslo to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they were in Norway on an official visit in 2018.

The sporty princess is also known as an avid surfer and even won a gold medal at the Norwegian surfing championships for juniors last year.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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