Royal April Birthdays

Whoops, it’s May 1st and we had this post sitting in the drafts folder…and promptly forgot about it. But no matter, without further ado, here are the birthdays of three Kings, two Queens, a Grand Duke, and two young princesses.

April 10, 2007: Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

Ariane is the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, so she is currently third in line to succession after her two older sisters Amalia (the future Queen of the Netherlands) and Alexia.

Here she is arriving for her baptism on October 20, 2007. Her gown is gorgeous but OMG those matching purple capes!

(via People)

(via People)

Her official page  lists a range of interests including piano, ballet and judo.

April 15 1960: King Philippe of Belgium

King Philippe is a bit of a snooze to me (his wife Queen Mathilde is SO much more interesting) but it seems unfair not to include him. Here he is with his family (daughters Elisabeth and Eleonore and sons Gabriel and Emmanuel) after he was made King in July 2013.

via The Royal Correspondant

via The Royal Correspondant

and pssst…they totally took some inspiration from the adorable matching princesses of the Netherlands during their dad’s coronation, right?

Hello, World! (via Hello!)

Hello, World! (via Hello!)

April 16, 1955: Henri Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Next up is King Philippe’s first cousin, Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his mom Princess Josephine of Belgium was the sister of King Albert the I, Philippe’s dad). Funny that they are five years and a day apart.

The Grand Duke & Duchess at their son's wedding (via Zimbio)

The Grand Duke & Duchess at their son’s wedding (via Zimbio)

Henri’s wife Grand Duchess Maria Theresa is also much, much more interesting to me but there was quite a scandal last summer when the Luxembourg government resigned so perhaps they aren’t as dull as I’d thought. More here.

April 16, 1940: Queen Margrethe of Denmark 

Next up is Queen Margrethe, aka Daisy! You just gotta love her quirky sense of style and how she is not afraid of colour, especially bright shades of green.

Fresh as a daisy (Via Bilder Bilder)

Fresh as a daisy (Via Bilder Bilder)

And fuschia, too.

At Prince Frederik and Mary's wedding in 2004 (via Meusa)

At Prince Frederick and Mary’s wedding in 2004 (via Meusa)

Here she is with our next birthday girl at Windsor Castle in May 2012.

I spy 4 Queens (via The Telegraph)

I spy five Queens (via The Telegraph)

April 21, 1926: Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth was born at the home of her maternal grandparents the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London (their other home was Glamis Castle). Sadly, the house was demolished. You can check out the Google Street View for 17 Bruton Street by clicking here and it’s clearly NOT a beautiful home. Sigh.

Anyhow, when she was born she was known as Princess Elizabeth of York and there was no expectation that she would one day be queen. How cute is this photo?

Now there's a pram (via Entpulse)

Now there’s a pram (via Entpulse)

This one at Balmoral Castle takes the cake, though. I think we need a picture of the Queen, Prince George, and Kate right there. Please make that happen this summer.

With her mum and Granny at Balmoral (via Entplulse)

With her mum and Granny at Balmoral (via Entplulse)

April 21, 2007: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Princess Isabella is the second child of Prince Frederick and Princess Mary which makes her third in line to the throne (after her dad and brother). Her official page can be found here.

Isabella’s birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute. She was christened on July 1, 2007  and in keeping with tradition, her name was not revealed until that day. There was a bit of controversy around it because Isabella isn’t a common name in the Danish family, and of course there’s the whole Twilight of it all. Anyway, they did jam in a bunch of traditional middle names – Isabella’s full name is Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe.  Oh, and one of her godmothers is Queen Mathilde of Belgium – not too shabby!.

Princess Isabella on her christening day (via Kongehuset.net)

Princess Isabella on her christening day (via Kongehuset.net)

Big brother Prince Christian watched the proceedings from his own little chair.

Prince Christian at 20 months old at his sister's christening (via AussieBubbleBlog)

Prince Christian at 20 months old at his sister’s christening (via AussieBubBlog)

Side Note: Princess Estelle did the same at her aunt Princess Madeleine’s wedding.

Where's your throne? (via Hello!)

Where’s your throne? (via Hello!)

This photo shows both sets of grandparents. Mary’s dad John Donaldson (a math professor) is standing behind her with her step mom Susan (a writer). You can’t miss Queen Margrethe standing next to Prince Henrik in her floral frock and matching hat. More details on the Danish christening gowns can be found here.

Family Christening Photo

Family Christening Photo

This photo was released to mark her 6th birthday. Check out the silver shoes!

(Via Kongehuset)

(Via Kongehuset)

April 27, 1967: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands

Willem-Alexander is another royal made infinitely more interesting thanks to his wife – in this case, the amazing Queen Maxima. When she married him, he went up in everyone’s estimation.

Willem-Alexander gets upstaged by Maxima because of course (via Zimbio)

Willem-Alexander gets upstaged by Maxima because of course (via Zimbio)

Searching for some fun fact about him, I discovered that he is a trained pilot and to keep up his hours he flies a KLM plane or the royal family’s plane. Love that (plus it sounds like Prince William may be doing the same). Another fun fact: now that he has become king, he is the youngest monarch in Europe.  He and Maxima are the best – rain or shine they show up to support and smile the whole time Check out some more amazing shots showing their enthusiasm at different Olympic Games over the years here and here.

Rain or Shine! (via

Rain or Shine! (via Zimbio)

 

April 30, 1946: King XVI Carl Gustaf of Sweden

Rounding out April’s royal birthday’s we have yet another royal man who’s wife just seems so much more interesting. He became king on September 15, 1973 at the age of 27 and married Silvia Sommerlath (who he met at the 1972 Olympics) in June 1976.

The Wedding Day (via )

The Wedding Day (via Kungahuset.se)

The night before the wedding, ABBA performed Dancing Queen for the first time(!) for the couple, in tribute to the future Queen. In more recent years, he weathered the publication of a book that alleged a myriad of things (click here for the details).  Despite all that, they keep trucking along.

The Swedish Royal Family (via )

The Swedish Royal Family (via Zimbio)

Happy belated birthday to them all.

 

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