The fabulous lives of the world's most fashionable princesses


The fabulous lives of the world’s most fashionable princesses

Crowns and gowns

By ELLE team  November 29th, 2017

Back in the day, princesses wore beautiful gowns and tiaras while their adoring public praised their beauty throughout the kingdoms. Today, they still wear the crowns and gowns but mostly while gracing runways and red carpets around the globe. And instead of portraits next to princes on white horses, their adoring Instagram following can like pictures of them living the fast life while building their own business empires or completing their degrees in the world’s most prestigious colleges.

Like Angélique, the Countess of Limburg-Stirum in Germany, who manages a promising modelling career while pursuing a degree in art history. Or Prince William’s first cousin Kitty Spencer who is an aspiring singer/songwriter. And right here in India, where Soha Ali Khan of the Pataudi kingdom balances her work in Bollywood with philanthropic efforts and family life as a mother of one.    

From fashion capitals to holiday castle, get to know these ladies who carry their titles (and their Chanel bags) with them wherever they go.  

Meet these modern princesses 

Lady Amelia Windsor

Her great-grandparents were the Princess Marina of Greece and Prince George, Duke of Kent and first cousin to the Queen. Her father is the Earl of St. Andrews which makes her 36th in line for the British throne. But that hasn't stopped Amelia from sporting crowns on the runway. Amelia is a fashion week regular and sits front row at the shows and attends all the after-parties. Her travel itinerary includes any place that has been dubbed a fashion capital or has Instagram worthy high-fashion views.

Lady Amelia Windsor
Lady Amelia Windsor
Lady Amelia Windsor
Lady Amelia Windsor
Angélique Countess of Limburg Stirum

Angélique is from one of the oldest families in Europe. She's an aspiring model as well as a student of art history, no doubt a degree she could use while going through old family portraits. 

Angélique Countess of Limburg Stirum
Angélique Countess of Limburg Stirum
Angélique Countess of Limburg Stirum
Lady Kitty Spencer

Lady Kitty Spencer is the daughter of Charles Spencer, Princess Diana's brother. That's right, she's first cousins with Prince William and Prince Harry. Kitty also seems to be an aspiring singer/songwriter with a taste for luxury fashion.

Lady Kitty Spencer
Lady Kitty Spencer
Lady Kitty Spencer
Lady Kitty Spencer

Mathilde Melusine die Pricipi Ruspoli

Daughter of the late Alessandro "Dado" Principe Ruspoli, the 9th Prince of Cerveteri, and former Parisian model Theresa Patricia Genest, Melusine is a model. But how many models can say that they are actually princess? And how many princesses can say they were the face of Ferragamo's Fiamma campaign? Just this one

Mathilde Melusine die Pricipi Ruspoli
Mathilde Melusine die Pricipi Ruspoli
Mathilde Melusine die Pricipi Ruspoli
Mathilde Melusine die Pricipi Ruspoli
Mathilde Melusine die Pricipi Ruspoli
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

The oldest child and only daughter of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece and Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece. Princess Maria holds the title even though monarchy in Greece has been abolished. Olympia may not be a reigning princess, but she does seem to be dominating high fashion and high society internationally. Walking the ramp for Dolce & Gabbana, sitting front row at fashion shows and shopping at every luxury shop along the way. 

Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
Princess Natasha d'Arenberg of Belgium
Natasha Sophie Gaspara Maria Annunziata d'Arenberg

Yes, that's a long name. Though nowadays, she enjoys the title of Serene Highnesses, so it's just Her Serene Highness Princess Natasha d'Arenberg to you. Natasha is the Princess of Belgium, and her parents are the currents heads of the House of Arenberg. Natasha is currently based in London and travelling, as royals do. 

Princess Natasha d'Arenberg of Belgium
Princess Natasha d'Arenberg of Belgium
Princess Natasha d'Arenberg of Belgium
Princess Natasha d'Arenberg of Belgium
Princess Talita von Fürstenberg

Surname sound familiar? All fashion fanatics know the von Fürstenberg name. As in the fashion icon/designer/princess Diane von Fürstenberg. That's right DVF was married to Prince Egon von Fürstenberg of the German aristocratic family. Talita is their granddaughter, which makes her not only fashion royalty but actual royalty. She's also cousins with Olympia of Greece, together they model and try and get involved with all things fashion.

Princess Talita von Fürstenberg
Princess Talita von Fürstenberg
Princess Talita von Fürstenberg
Princess Talita von Fürstenberg
Princess Talita von Fürstenberg
Princess Talita von Fürstenberg
Princess Dana Al Khalifa of Bahrain

Princess Dana Al Khalifa was born into the current ruling family of Bahrain, so it's natural that she has a thing for tiaras...and rings, bracelets, necklaces or anything else fine and sparkly. Dana is a fashion blogger who goes by the name The Overdressed. The royal loves all things fashion with a focus on fine jewellery. Her platform is an expression of all things opulent and luxurious.  

Princess Dana Al Khalifa of Bahrain
Princess Dana Al Khalifa of Bahrain
Princess Dana Al Khalifa of Bahrain
Princess Dana Al Khalifa of Bahrain
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi

Everybody who knows royalty of Bollywood knows Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, daughter of legendary actress Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan. Mansoor Ai Khan was the Nawab of Pataudi, a lineage of rulers of a former princely state in Northern India. Soha Ali Khan has followed in her mothers footsteps as an actress, along with her brother Saif Ali Khan. Her niece Sara Ali Khan is also a princess. Soha, like any princess, sports insanely opulent ballgowns and has a penchant for travelling. 

Soha Ali Khan Pataudi
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi
Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi is the spawn of two royal bloodlines, that of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari and J. Rameshwar Rao, former Raja of Wanaparthy family. While Aditi still wears robes worthy of a princess, these days she's more inclined towards runways rather than thrones. The actress is a Bollywood red carpet regular and has been the showstopper at events like Lakme Fashion Week.

Aditi Rao Hydari
Aditi Rao Hydari
Aditi Rao Hydari
Aditi Rao Hydari
Aditi Rao Hydari