Nearly a century of stylish royal moms
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Royal Style1 of 20
By Laura Vogel
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—or Kate, we feel close enough to call her that—has made her mark as a fashion icon. Now she has a royal child to dress, and the pressure to be a well-turned-out mum is immense. To give her inspiration, Glo surveyed the most stylish royal mothers (and their kids) throughout history. From Queen Farida of Egypt to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, we've assembled some of the best-dressed royals from around the world. Kate, you might want to take notes.
Queen of the Nile2 of 20
Queen Farida of Egypt is pictured holding her 1-year-old daughter, Princess Ferial—the first of her three children—on Nov. 17, 1939. Born Safinaz Zulfikar into an Egyptian royal family, she met her future husband, Farouk I, the last King of Egypt, in London. Caught between the old ways of Egyptian royalty and the influence of Western culture, Queen Farida led an unusual life for her time. She and the king divorced in 1948, after which she became active in groups like the Feminist Union. Later in life, she became a painter and had many shows of her work before passing away in 1988.
The Queen Mum3 of 20
Queen Elizabeth II with her children Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland, on September 1, 1952, celebrating Charles's fourth birthday. Born into royalty, Prince William's grandmother has always lived in the spotlight, and has a highly proper bearing. Known for wearing British-made clothing (and her ever-present handbag and sensible shoes), the Queen has reportedly taken a shine to Princess Catherine and approves of her modest-but-pretty personal style. Surely, she's thrilled—in her own quiet way—to become a great-grandmother.
America's Royal4 of 20
Princess Grace of Monaco—dressed in her signature impeccable style—and her daughter Stéphanie arrive on a Pan Am flight in New York on June 6, 1968. The gorgeous star, best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, was raised in Philadelphia, and met her royal future husband at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. They wed in fairy-tale style in 1956, when she was 26. She was a much-beloved figure in Monaco and had three children with the prince. Princess Grace was active in many pro-arts charities, and, well ahead of her time, she also supported the pro-breastfeeding La Leche League.
Mod Mon5 of 20
Queen Sofía of Spain is shown with two of her three children, daughter Cristina (now titled Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca) and Felipe (Felipe, Prince of Asturias), in Madrid's Zarzuela Palace on Jan. 1, 1969. Born Princess Sofía of Greece and Denmark, she married Juan Carlos of Spain in 1962, who ascended to the role of king in 1975. An active advocate for charities—especially those that fight drug addiction—the queen has also gained fame for being among the best-dressed of the European royals.
A Mother's Love6 of 20
Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is shown with her 15-month old son, Prince Constantijn, in January, 1971. Known for her intelligence, Princess Beatrix obtained her law degree in 1961. In 1980, she became the queen of the Netherlands when her mother abdicated the throne, and she herself abdicated the title in March of this year. Her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander assumed the title of king of the Netherlands—making him the first male leader of the country in 123 years.
Jet-Set Royalty7 of 20
Princess Salimah Aga Khan is shown here arriving at Heathrow in London with her then-7-month-old daughter Zahra. Twice married to men with titles, the princess was first wed to Lord James Crichton-Stuart, whom she divorced in 1968 and married Prince Karim Aga Khan IV in 1969. The chic Brit—a former fashion model—eventually had three children with the Aga Khan before divorcing him in 1994. She is now a child-welfare activist living in London.
American Dream8 of 20
Queen Noor of Jordan pictured with her son Hamzah in his nursery on Oct, 12, 1980. Born Lisa Najeeb Halaby in Washington, D.C., this royal mom gained an impressive education. She was working as the director of facilities planning and design for Royal Jordanian Airlines when she met her future husband, King Hussein of Jordan. They married in 1978 and had four children together. Following the king's death in 1999, Queen Noor has written two autobiographies and has remained active in humanitarian causes.
The People's Princess9 of 20
Diana, Princess of Wales, is shown with her sons—Princes William and Harry—on a vacation with the Spanish royals at Marivent Palace, Mallorca, on Aug. 1, 1987. Lady Diana set the stage for what a modern royal could be, and clearly influenced the way Princess Catherine has taken to her role. Until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a fashion inspiration, an advocate for charities (especially the International Campaign to Ban Landmines) as well as a demonstrative and loving mother to her two sons, the second and third in line for the British throne after her ex-husband, Prince Charles.
It's a Wrap10 of 20
Diane von Fürstenberg and her daughter Tatiana von Fürstenberg are pictured at a Paris launch party for the perfume Tatiana on Jan. 1, 1989. The Belgian-born American designer became famous upon marrying German Prince Egon von Fürstenberg in 1969. They had two children before divorcing in 1972. This royal mom created her own niche in 1970, when she began designing women's clothes—and her iconic wrap dress became a sensation. Today, she is dedicated to philanthropic efforts and continues to design.
Well-Suited11 of 20
Princess Caroline of Monaco and her daughter, Princess Charlotte, are pictured on a balcony during National Day in Monaco City, Nov. 19, 1996. The daughter of actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, Princess Caroline became the de facto first lady of Monaco when her beloved mother died in 1982. She is known for her commitment to humanitarian causes and was named a UNESCO goodwill ambassador in 2003.
Blaze of Glory12 of 20
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco is pictured holding her son, the newborn, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan at the royal palace in Rabat on May 15, 2003. Married to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the princess is the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to be given a title. A commoner when she met her husband in 1999 at a party, the former Salma Bennani was a computer programmer before they wed. She has kept a fairly low profile for a royal, though she has founded a cancer-prevention charity in Morocco, and attends some international royal events.
She Wears Many Crowns13 of 20
Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and princess of Denmark is shown at the christening of her son Odysseas Kimon in Athens, Greece, on June 18, 2005. She is pictured with her older children—Maria-Olympia, then 8, and sons Constantine Alexios, 6, and Achileas Andreas, 4. One of the three well-married Miller sisters, Marie-Chantal was born in London to an Ecuadorian mother and American father. She is known for her career as a children's clothing designer and book author.
On Holiday14 of 20
Crown Princess Letizia—also known as Letizia, Princess of Asturias—of Spain holds her daughter, Princess Leonor, at an Easter service at Palma Cathedral on April 6, 2006 (she gave birth to a second daughter, Sofía, in 2007). Married to the heir apparent to Felipe, Prince of Asturias, this chic royal mom was a news host and reporter—she covered the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the September 11 terrorist attacks for Spanish news agencies—before her wedding in 2004.
Pretty Princesses15 of 20
Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis of Germany is shown with her two daughters, Princesses Maria Theresia and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, at Maxim's restaurant in Paris, on May 16, 2006. Princess Gloria was dubbed the "punk princess" and "Princess TNT" by the press in the '80s for her partying, wild fashion statements, and gravity-defying sculpted hairdos. It looks like her daughters have inherited at least a bit of her style.
The Little Prince16 of 20
Princess Akishino of Japan is shown holding Prince Hisahito—the first son to be born into the country's imperial family in 41 years—at the royal residence in Tokyo on Aug. 1, 2007. Also known as Princess Kiko, she did not hail from royalty. She spent her preschool days in the U.S., while her father studied at the University of Pennsylvania. She met her now-husband, Prince Akishino, while both were undergraduates at Japan's Gakushuin University. The princess attends many state events with her husband, and does charitable work, including heading an anti-tuberculosis foundation.
Crown Chic17 of 20
Here, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Princess Isabella are shown attending the christening of her nephew, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie's new son, Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, at Denmark's Mogeltonder Church on July 26, 2008. In a storybook style, commoner and native Australian Mary met her husband, Crown Prince Frederick, in a Sydney pub when he was visiting the country for the 2000 Olympics. Before her ascent to royalty, Princess Mary was an advertising and marketing executive.
Regal Style18 of 20
Queen Rania of Jordan and her daughter, Princess Iman of Jordan, are shown at a film premiere in Paris on October 30, 2008. The only royal mom to have her own website, this most modern queen is a staunch advocate for education, and has made it her mission to improve the schools in her nation. Also famous for her beauty and personal style, Queen Raina has made it onto a number of international best-dressed lists.
Wild Child19 of 20
Crown Princess Mette-Marit is shown on the day of her daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra's christening, with son Marius Borg Holby at the Royal Palace in Oslo. A commoner and single mother with a wild past—her engagement to heir apparent Prince Haakon in 2000 caused a scandal—Princess Mette-Marit has since matured and now works for humanitarian and arts-related causes.
Swedish Design20 of 20
Crown Princess Victoria—and her 1-year-old daughter Princess Estelle, both dressed in classic style—attend a national celebration on the princess's 36th birthday on July 14, 2013, in Borgholm, Sweden. Princess Victoria is known for her humanitarian and Swedish-business-promoting international work. She also had a very public battle with anorexia and came to the U.S. for treatment and to study at Yale in the late '90s.