Crown Jewels: The World’s Next Generation of Royals
by Bijani Mizell
Despite our humble democratic beginnings, Americans are obsessed with royal families. Sure, they may not all have thrones or wear crowns, but the glamour surrounding royalty is irresistible. Forget hunky Prince William and daredevil Prince Harry—these seven royals are young, hot, and seriously dedicated to making their mark on the world.
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan
In addition to her stunning beauty, Queen Rania is the world’s most technologically savvy monarch. Her Twitter account has more than one million followers and she stars on her own YouTube channel, where she answers user-sent questions about Islam and the Arab world. An outspoken advocate for women’s and children’s rights, Queen Rania is involved in more than fifteen charities and is a foundation board member of the World Economic Forum.
Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco
Like her grandmother Grace Kelly, Charlotte Casiraghi combines beauty, philanthropy, and exquisite fashion taste. Often seen in the front row at Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent fashion shows, Casiraghi cofounded Ever Manifesto, a free publication that reports on the fashion industry’s harmful impact on the global environment and promotes sustainability in fashion.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai
A prince and a published poet, handsome Hamdan walked straight out of an Arabian fairy tale. But Hamdan’s skills aren’t limited to poetry: he won the gold medal in Equestrian in the 2008 Asian Games, he’s head of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, and he’s president of the Dubai Autism Centre.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan of Pakistan
Daughter of Rita Hayworth and her third husband, Prince Aly Khan, Princess Yasmin works tirelessly to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. The annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth gala, which Princess Yasmin created in 1985, has raised more than $250 million for the cause.
Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand
Unlike most royals, Princess Sirivannavari is a successful businesswoman—Thai celebrities often wear her fashion designs on the red carpet. French couturier Pierre Balmain even invited her to show in Paris in 2007. Quelle styliste!
Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (Dubai)
This beautiful princess kicks butt … literally. An international karate champion, Maitha has won several medals in the Asian Games and participated in women’s tae kwon do during the 2008 Summer Olympics. More recently, she’s taken up polo.
Marie-Chantal Miller of Greece
A socialite and budding children’s fashion designer, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece married into the fairytale lifestyle. But she’s not the only one in her family to have done so—like the enchanting British Mitford sisters before them, the American Miller sisters (Marie-Chantal, Pia, and Alexandra) all married very well: Pia wed oil heir Christopher Getty, and Alexandra’s husband is Prince Alexander of Furstenberg (Diane von Furstenberg’s son).