Then & Now: The World’s Favorite Royals

While the world’s royals are no strangers to media, people might forget how they looked when they were younger. Such as Princess Caroline of Monaco, who looked like a spitting image of her mother, actress Grace Kelly, and Monegasque royal Pierre Casiraghi, whose younger self is almost unrecognizable with his long, curly hair.

So, keep scrolling, and see what some of the world’s favorite royals look liked then versus how they look now.

Princess Caroline

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As the daughter of actress Grace Kelly, it’s no wonder Princess Caroline of Hanover’s younger self looks absolutely gorgeous and red carpet ready. During an interview with People, Kelly spoke of her daughter, calling her “warm, bright, amusing, intelligent and capable.”

Princess Caroline brought those traits with her into adulthood. Now, she is a huge philanthropist, particularly when it comes to children. In 2011, she was honored by the World Association of Children’s Friends for her “tireless endeavors in continuing the organization’s legacy.”

Gloria, Dowager Princess Of Thurn And Taxis

Gloria, Dowager Princess Of Thurn And Taxis
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If that hair color, style, and chunky jewelry say anything, it’s that Gloria, Dowager Princess Of Thurn And Taxis, obviously thrived in the 1980s. Throughout the decade, she and her husband, Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, were fashion icons.

But don’t let the “Punk Princess” fool you. Each day, she serves 300 hot meals to the less fortunate. The thing is, she doesn’t do this out of a soup kitchen. She serves the meals out of her home.

Princess Stephanie Of Monaco

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Princess Stephanie of Monaco was no ordinary princess in the 1980s; she was a rock star! Her single, “Ouragan,” is one of the best-selling singles of all time in France, with her full album, Besoin, selling over 1.5 million copies.

But times have changed, and Princess Stephanie has put down the microphone in favor of other endeavors. Now, she’s very focused on her foundation, Fight AIDS Monaco. The association’s goal is to help support those living with HIV and educate the public.

Prince William

Prince William
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When he was younger, Prince William was quite the looker. Second in line for the throne since birth, Prince William has always made his country a priority. That is until he married Kate Middleton, became the Duke of Cambridge, and had a few kids!

But he hasn’t let that stop him from promoting new initiatives. His latest is the Earthshot Prize, an over $50 million initiative to push environmental solutions for the next decade.

Pierre Casiraghi

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If anyone can rock long red curly locks, it’s Pierre Casiraghi circa the early 2000s. It was then that he was attending Bocconi University for an undergraduate degree in International Economics and Management.

Eventually, he graduated, moving away from school and into both yacht and automotive racing. In 2014, he was part of the Masarati sailing team. And with his position on the Management Committee of the Yacht Club de Monaco, he’s been sponsoring “Sail for a Cause” charity races.

Zara Tindall

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The eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Tindall, grew up like the rest of the royals, diving into education and sports. But one sport, in particular, stuck around for Tindall after her adolescence, being an equestrian.

Unfortunately, due to injuries, both her horse and herself, Tindall missed the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. But 2012 was her year, and Tindall competed, winning a silver medal that was presented to her by her mother, Princess Anne.

Prince Carl Of Sweden

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is the only son and the middle child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Growing up, he was heir apparent, until a change in the constitution made it, so it wasn’t the firstborn son but the firstborn who was next in line for the throne.

That didn’t stop him from doing charity work and being there for his family. One such charity is Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s Foundation, an association whose goal is to stop bullying.

Prince Charles

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Born in 1948, Prince Charles is the heir apparent to the British throne and the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Growing up, the prince was the first heir apparent to break royal education protocol, attending school instead of having a governess.

Now, he’s been called the “hardest-working member of the royal family,” carrying out over 600 royal engagements in 2011 alone. Most recently, in 2020, he became a patron for the International Rescue Committee.

Princess Victoria Of Sweden

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The eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf, Princess Victoria of Sweden, is the heir apparent to the Swedish throne. Interestingly, when she ascends to the throne, she’ll become the first queen regent since 1720.

But that little fun fact isn’t enough to scare this Crown Princess. She’s been very busy in the past few years, being appointed as a member of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for Agenda 2030 and keeping up with The Crown Princess Victoria’s Fund each year.

Queen Rania Of Jordan

Queen Rania Of Jordan
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Pool BENAINOUS/HIRES/REY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images; Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

Even though she’s always been beautiful, Queen Rania of Jordan wasn’t always destined to be a queen consort of Jordon. In fact, before meeting prince Abdullah II, Queen Rania worked in the marketing department at Apple.

She’s since moved on to bigger ventures fit for a queen. Ever since marrying the now-King, Queen Rania has been praised for her advocacy work related to health, community empowerment, education, cross-cultural dialogue, and the nation’s youth.

Princess Mary Of Denmark

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Something is clearly in the water in Denmark because Princess Mary doesn’t look as though she’s aged a day since her marriage to Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, in 2004. Since meeting her now-husband at the Slip Inn during the 2000 Summer Olympics, Princess Mary has been considered a modern fairytale.

And she’s taking her title in stride, using her time as a royal to help various organizations in the world. Most recently, it was announced that she’d be a patron for WorldPride Copenhagen 2021.

Princess Madeleine Of Sweden

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden was born in 1982 and is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. But this youngest child isn’t letting that title go to her head. Instead, she’s been the head of many associations.

She is a patron for My Big Day, a foundation similar to Make-A-Wish, she worked for a division of Child Protective Services, and she began the #EyesWideOpen campaign to bring awareness to child abuse.

Princess Charlene Wittstock Of Monaco

Princess Charlene Wittstock Of Monaco
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Once upon a time, Princess Charlene Wittstock of Monaco was an Olympic swimmer. During the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Princess Charlene swam for South Africa. That year, her team finished fifth.

That same year, and during a swimming competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco, she met her now-husband, Prince Albert. Hanging up her swim gear, Princess Charlene has focused her efforts on charity work, especially anything to do with underprivileged children.

King Felipe VI Of Spain

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Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos Los Santos, more commonly known as King Felipe VI, was very busy before he ascended to the throne. Growing up, he attended high school in Ontario, Canada, studied law at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and even participated in the 1992 Olympic Games as part of the Spanish sailing team.

In 2014, Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, announced his abdication. That night, Felipe IV became Spain’s new king.

Princess Mette-Marit Of Norway

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Princess Mette-Marit of Norway doesn’t look as though she’s aged a day since before her initial meeting with Crown Prince Haakon Magnus. The two first met during a garden party. Splitting ways afterward, fate would have it that Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon would meet again.

They married in 2001, and since then, Princess Mette-Marit has become a patron to many organizations, such as the Norwegian Red Cross. The World Economic Forum even named her a Young Global Leader.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess Of York

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As a young girl, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson was considered a “courageous, bubbly and outgoing little girl.” And not much has changed since that statement was made by the staff at the Daneshill School years ago.

Most recently, “Fergie” has been working very closely with multiple charity organizations. In 2020, she launched Sarah’s Trust, a foundation that provides essential materials to NHS, at-home care, and hospice staff, such as masks, scrubs, and even food.

Albert II, Prince of Monaco

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As a young man, Albert II, Prince of Monaco, was very active in sports. He even participated in the bobsled event at five consecutive Winter Olympics for Monaco. Unfortunately, he never medaled.

As the sovereign prince, Albert has become very outspoken on a few matters, including environmentalism, climate change, ocean conservation, and renewable energy. In 2006, he founded The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, an organization that raises funds for environmental conservation.

Princess Michael Of Kent

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Since she was a young girl, Princess Michael of Kent has had a long-standing fascination with the preservation of cheetahs, a passion she’s brought into her adult life. In Nambia, she is an international royal patron of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Aside from saving the cheetahs, though, Princess Michael is an interior designer and has also penned a few novels, several of them being on European royalty. In public, she’s seen supporting her husband.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne
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The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Anne has been the Princess Royal since 1987. Since then, she has taken on many official duties on behalf of her mother, the queen.

Princess Anne is still very involved in the royal family’s comings and goings. And in 2015, Princess Anne became one of the first female honorary members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Queen Silvia Of Sweden

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Queen Silvia of Sweden met Crown Prince Carl Gustaf during the 1972 Summer Olympics. A few years later, in 1976, they were engaged. Since then, Silvia has been the crowned queen of Sweden, a title she’s held longer than any queen before her.

Queen Silvia has been very involved in charity work since her appointment. She holds honorary positions for multiple foundations, including the Children’s Cancer Foundation of Sweden, Save the Children of Sweden, and the Swedish Amateur Athletic Association.