Disney and fairy tales make it easy for every girl to dream to be a princess. The lives of real-life princesses are much more in-depth and complicated than one may think. A princess is a non-reigning member of a royal family. Some princesses, like Princess Victoria, are next in line to rule their country so they must be ready at all times to take charge. Other princesses spend their time learning multiple languages, receiving a top-notch education, and picking up impressive skills and hobbies along the way. Here's a list of well-known princesses from around the world.
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Princess Diana of Wales Diana became Princess of
Wales after marrying Prince Charles in 1981. One of the most popular princesses of her time, Diana was a humanitarian who contributed a lot to society through her work with charities and her role as an ambassador. She died in a fatal car crash in Paris in 1997. Her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, continue to keep their mother's legacy alive.
Princess Caroline of Monaco Princess Caroline of Monaco is the first-born daughter of Prince Rainier and his wife, American actress Grace Kelly. After her mother's death in 1982, Caroline became the ceremonial first lady of Monaco. Her brother, Prince Albert became heir to the throne after their father died in 2005. According to an amendment in Monaco's constitution in 2002, if Prince Albert dies without children, Caroline will be the successor for the throne.
Princess Kiko of Japan
Kawashima Kiko became Princess of Japan after marrying Prince Akishino in 1990. Kiko met Prince Akishino while they were both students at Gakushuin University. Princess Kiko and Prince Akishino have 3 children: Princesses Mako and Kako, and Prince Hisahito, the first male born to the Japanese Imperial family in 41 years and also the third in line of succession to become the emperor of Japan. Princess Kiko currently serves as the President of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association as well as the honorary vice-president of the Japanese Red Cross Society. She was the first female prime minister
and the longest serving. She advocated conservative economic policies during her tenure from 1979 to 1990.
Princess Elizabeth of Toro Princess Elizabeth of Toro is the aunt and one of the guardians of the current King of Toro, Rukidi IV. Princess Elizabeth has achieved major accomplishments throughout her life as well as overcoming many obstacles through periods of danger and exiles. She is currently the king's chief advisor, the Batebe, of Uganda as a politician, diplomat, lawyer, model, and actress, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Princess Victoria is the next in line to rule Sweden after her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, making her the fourth Queen of Sweden. Princess Victoria's education includes course work at Yale University, The United Nations, and Stockholm University as well as many other places. She currently spends her time as a working member of the Swedish Royal Family, being involved in royal engagements, and supporting her father.
Princess Haya of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai Princess Haya is the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan and the daughter of late King Hussein and Queen Alia. She is well-known for her love of horses and is currently the president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and a UN Messenger of Peace. She has ambitions to compete in the Olympics in 2012. In 2004, Princess Haya married
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, and they welcomed their first daughter, Jalia, in 2007.