Kate Middleton may have made headlines as the hottest commoner to become a member of England’s royal family, but all over the world there are other beautiful crowned women who go largely unacknowledged. Style, poise and impeccable taste in fashion set these ladies apart — jewels or no jewels on their heads.
Others on this list are known for exactly the opposite of Kate’s class and elegance… some of these royal women have indulged in pretty salacious behavior! Just because Kate might be more famous doesn’t mean she’s the most scandalous or controversial.
Sirivannavari Of Thailand
Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand was ranked among the 20 hottest royals by Forbes in 2009. Raised in the UK with her mother, she now resides in Thailand with her father and grandfather, the King. At 30 years old, she is an arts and sports enthusiast who is an active participant in the world of high fashion.
Myra Madihah Of Malaysia
Tunku Myra is the princess of Malaysia, and the royal daughter of Besar Kecil of Negeri. She has been married to her husband Iskandar Jaafar-Greaves for 10 years. She owns an events management company and is popular among the ranks of high society.
Mary Of Denmark
Mary of Denmark is the wife of Prince Frederick, who is first in line to the nation’s throne. An Australian native, Mary met her husband in a Sydney pub, and became the original “fairytale” romance, before Kate Middleton. The royal couple now have four children together.
Claire Of Belgium
In 2003, Princess Claire married Prince Laurent and they now have three children. She is the sister-in-law of Philippe, King of Belgium. Prior to her marriage she was a land-surveyor, and didn’t live in Belgium until she was three years old. She is mostly seen attending charity events for environmental cause and animal welfare, as well as events hosted by the British Ambassador to Belgium.
Zara Of The UK
Zara Tindall is the second oldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth and is married to ex-England rugby player, Mike Tindall. She is a British equestrian and won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics for event riding. She is 17th in line to the throne.
Manohara Odelia Pinot Of Malaysia
Manohara Oledia is a controversial royal figure. Once an Indonesian model, she married Malaysian Prince Tengku Fakhry in 2008. Her mother claimed that he abducted the new princess. She was only 16 at the time of their marriage. Manohara reported abuse during the marriage and escaped to Indonesia in 2009, spurning all gifts and grand gestures from the Prince attempting to win her back.
Mozah Bint Nasser Of Qatar
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser is the one of three wives who are married to the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa. She holds BA in Sociology, and was awarded as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has many foreign honors, and is the chosen wife who represents her husband at international events and conventions.
Victoria Of Sweden
The Crown Princess of Sweden, Victoria, is the next in line to the throne and will be the fourth queen regnant in Sweden’s history. Her title was changed from Duchess to Princess (and heir apparent) in 1980, when a law reform allowed the throne successor to be either gender, regardless of marriage. She is only one out of three throne heirs in the world.
Rania Of Jordan
Queen Rania of Jordan is known for her work with education, health, youth, and community empowerment, as well as cross-cultural dialogue. She has four children — two sons and two daughters — with her husband, King Abdullah bin al-Hussein. She has an honorary Masters Degree in International Cooperation and Development from the University of Rome.
Sonam of Bhutan
Princess Sonam of Bhutan has a degree from Stanford University and a Masters in Law from Harvard. She is the daughter of the fourth King of Bhutan, and has been married to Dasho Phub W. Dorji since 2009. She is a major political player and the current President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute.
Letizia Of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain is one of the royal world’s favorite fashion trendsetters. She was a journalist and a news anchor before her marriage to King Felipe in 2004. In 2015 she was named the Ambassador of Nutrition in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Eugenie Of The UK
Princess Eugenie of York is ninth in line to succeed the throne after her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. She currently works as an associate director at an art gallery in London. She lived in New York for one year to work as a benefit auctions manager before returning to London in 2015.
Marie-Chantal Of Greece
Marie-Chantal is the current Crown Princess of Greece, although she is a London native. She is married to Pavlos, son of the deposed King Constantine, and converted to Greek Orthodoxy so they can be wed. In 2000, Marie-Chantal founded, and still directs, her own children’s clothing line.
etsun Pema Of Bhutan
Queen Jetsun Pema is also known as the “dragon queen” of Bhutan, and the wife of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. To Asian nations, Jetsun is a fashion icon who combines traditional style clothing with vibrant colors and design. The royal couple had their first child in February, 2016.
Mette-Marit Of Norway
Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit, is next in line to succeed the throne next to her husband, Crown Prince Haakon. Also a commoner before her marriage, she came from an unfortunate upbringing and was a single mother before meeting her husband. Since the royal wedding in 2000, she has become well known for her philanthropic work and humanitarian efforts in the arts.
Charlene Of Monaco
Charlene of Monaco is a former Olympic swimmer and married her husband in July of 2011. The wedding day did not go as smoothly as expected though. Following the wedding, it was discovered that Charlene had attempted to call off the wedding and runaway three separate times prior to the ceremony. Despite this, the couple are still currently married and appear to be happier. She currently serves as a Special Olympics Ambassador and is a style icon in high society. The couple have two children and heirs to the throne of Monaco, Jacques and Gabriella.
Clotilde Courau Of Venice
Clotilde Courau, Princess of Venice, is an award-winning French actress and is a Dame of the Arts in France. She married the last reigning Prince of Venice, Italy in 2003 and the pair have two children together. She was a controversial bride at the time of their wedding in Rome, as she was six months pregnant with their first child.
Elisabeth Of Germany
Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis is a member of the royal German house Thurn und Taxis. She is a German journalist who lives in London and works as style editor for Vogue. She also writes a column for the Vatican’s magazine, mainly focused on faith and values. In 2015 she caused a firestorm of controversy after posting an Instagram of a homeless person reading Vogue, saying, “…there are readers everywhere!” which was criticized as being cruel and tasteless.
Charlotte Of Monaco
Princess Charlotte Casiraghi is eighth in line to the throne of Monaco. Her maternal grandmother was the former Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, and is named after her paternal grandmother, the Duchess of Valentinios. She keeps her personal life fairly private, although her romantic life is discussed heavily in public. She had a son out of wedlock with actor Gad Elmaleh in 2013, however the two have since split. It’s rumored that the cause of the split was Gad’s busy schedule and his apparent lack of desire to spend time with Charlotte and their son.