Thursday, 5 April 2018

Commoners who married into royalty & aristocracy

REIGNING ROYALTY
21st century marriages.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
Princess Charlene of Monaco. (1978-Present)
born Charlene Wittstock of Rhodesia.
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Prince Albert & Princess Charlene of Monaco
Married Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011.
Queen Letizia of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain (1972-Present)
born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano of Oviedo, Spain.
Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letiza tied the knot, complete with sword salute, in May 2004.
King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia of Spain 
Married King Felipe VI of Spain in 2004.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (1971-Present)
born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Married King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2002
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Queen Sonja of Norway
Queen Sonja of Norway.
born Sonja Haraldsen.
Married King Harald V of Norway in 1968.
"Queen Sonja was the daughter of a merchant who married the future King Harald V of Norway in 1968. At first, Harald's father was against the marriage because she was a commoner, but fast-forward 50 years, and the King and Queen still rule Norway." (Cosmopolitan)

20th century marriages.
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Empress Soraya of Iran.
Empress Soraya of Iran.
a.k.a. born Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary.
Married Emperor Reza of Iran.
"She became an Iranian queen when she married Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1951. The daughter of a German mother and a father who was a member of Iran's powerful Bakhtiari family, Queen Soraya was the Shah's second wife and later became an actress. She went on to star in two films, I Tre Volti and She, after the couple's divorce in 1958." (Cosmopolitan)
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Elizabeth the Queen Mother
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born Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon of Scotland.
a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Married Prince Albert, Duke of York, later King George VI of the United Kingdom, in 1923.
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Prince Albert & Elizabeth
Duke & Duchess of York
"Prince Albert, the future King George VI, married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the future Queen Mother, on April 23rd, 1923. Although she was the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Elizabeth was legally considered a commoner and was reluctant to submit to the trappings of royal life. She refused Prince Albert's proposals of marriage twice, before eventually accepting to marry him in January 1923." (History Today)
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Queen Hope of Sikkim
born Hope Cooke.
"New York socialite Hope Cooke married the crown prince of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim in 1963 in a real-life story that has been compared to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I.” Cooke was born on June 24, 1940 in San Francisco. Her mother, a pilot, died in a plane crash when Cooke was just two years old, and she was raised by her grandparents in New York. She met Palden Thondup Namgyal, the widowed crown prince of Sikkim, during a 1959 trip to India as a college student. They fell in love and married in 1963 and she became the Gyalmo, or queen consort, when her husband took the throne in 1965 and became Chogyal, or king. Sikkim was annexed by India in 1973 and Cooke returned to the United States with their two children. She divorced her husband in 1980 and he died two years later. Cooke recounted her life in a 1981 autobiography, “Time Change.”" (Punch)
King Palden Thondup Namgyal of Sikkim
Married King Palden Thondup Namgyal of Sikkim (1923-1982) in 1963

"While traveling through India in 1959, 20-year-old Sarah Lawrence College freshman Hope Cooke met Palden Thondup Namgyal, the Crown Prince of tiny Himalayan nation Sikkim, at the bar of Darjeeling's Windermere Hotel. When they married two years later, Hope renounced her American citizenship; two years after that she became a queen, styled as Her Highness Hope La, the Gyalmo of Sikkim. The marriage was tumultuous, plagued by political strife and infidelity, and while the two didn't officially divorce until 1980, the marriage was reportedly already over by the time the monarch was abolished and Sikkim was annexed to India in 1975."
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Queen Noor of Jordan
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Queen Noor of Jordan. (1951-Present)
born Lisa Najeeb Halaby of Washington, D.C.
"Jordan’s Queen Noor married King Hussein in 1978, becoming the fourth and final wife of the leader of the Hashemite Kingdom. Lisa Najeeb Halaby was born on August 23, 1951 in Washington to a prominent Christian Arab-American family. Her father was the chief executive of the airline Pan American and also headed the Federal Aviation Administration. A graduate of Princeton University, Halaby married King Hussein in June 1978, converting to his Muslim faith and becoming Queen Noor al-Hussein. They had four children. Since the king’s death in 1999, Queen Noor has been active in philanthropic activities and the nuclear non-proliferation movement." (Punch)
Married King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999) in 1978

"Queen Noor, born in Washington, D.C. as Lisa Halaby, married King Hussein of Jordan in 1978 after meeting the previous year. The Princeton graduate worked in the airline industry and first met the king at the Queen Alia International Airport, named after his first wife who died in a helicopter crash. The couple stayed together until his death in 1999." (Cosmopolitan)
"Born Elizabeth Halaby in Princeton, New Jersey, the future Queen Noor was the daughter of a woman of Swedish descent and a man of Syrian descent. (Lisa's father, Najeeb Halaby, was Administrator of the FAA and CEO of Pan-Am.) A graduate of Concord Academy and Princeton, she received a master's degree in Urban Planning, worked in Sydney and Tehran, and eventually took a job with Royal Jordanian Airlines where she met King Hussein of Jordan. After the death of his wife Queen Alia and a swift courtship, Halaby married King Hussein in 1978. She took Noor as her new first name, the Arabic word for "light." The impossibly glamorous couple had four children and were together until the King's death from lymphoma in 1999." (Town & Country Magazine)
Queen Silvia of Sweden
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Queen Silvia of Sweden. (1943-Present)
born Silvia Renate Sommerlath of Heidelberg, Germany
Carl XVI Gustaf & Silvia of Sweden
Married King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in 1976

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Princess Grace of Monaco
Princess Grace of Monaco.
born Grace Kelly.
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Rainier III of Monaco
Married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956.

"Arguably the most famous film star in the world, Academy Award-winning actress Grace Kelly somehow became even more famous when she married His Serene Highness Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Grace was in the south of France for the Cannes Film Festival screening of her film The Country Girl (which would eventually win her a Best Actress Oscar) and her PR team set up a photoshoot for Paris Match at the palace. Her first meeting with Prince Rainier was captured on film and the rest is history—the two were engaged by Christmas and married that April. Though the principality of Monaco is now a household name, at the time, it was a small, remote country and deemed unimportant enough that no representatives from any European royal houses attended the wedding. Grace lived in Monaco, never acting again, until her untimely death at the age of 52 in a car accident." (Town & Country Magazine)
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Princess Lilian of Belgium
Princess Lilian of Belgium (1916-2002)
born Mary Lilian Baels of London, England.
a.k.a. Lilian, Princess of Rethy
Leopold III of Belgium
Married King Leopold III of Belgium (1901-1983)in 1923.

19th Century Marriages.
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Princess Alice of Monaco
Princess Alice of Monaco.
born Alice Heine (1858-1925)
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Albert I of Monaco
Married Albert I of Monaco in 1889.

"Before Grace Kelly, there was another American Princess of Monaco: Alice Heine of New Orleans and widow of the Duc de Richelieu. Alice married His Serene Highness, Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889. To their marriage she brought a strong business acumen and worked hard to change the reputation of the principality from that of a gambling den to a place of culture. It was Alice who established the Opera house and installed a director who brought the world’s greatest operas to Monaco. Alice and Albert’s relationship cooled soon after their marriage, and she took a series a lovers, the most notorious being Isidore de Lara. Fed up with his wife, Albert made their break public when he slapped Alice in the face at the Opera when she stopped to whisper to her lover. She packed her bags in 1902 and left Monaco forever." (The American Heiress)

"These were her entire titles:
Her Serene Highness Princess Alice, The Princess of Monaco, Duchess of Richelieu, Fronsac, Valentinois, Mazarin, Mayenne and Estouteville, Princess of Château-Porcien, Marquise of Jumilhac, Baux-de-Provence, Guiscard and Chilly, Countess of Carladès, Thorigny, Longjumeau, Ferrette, Belfort, Thann and Rosemont, Baronness of Buis, Saint-Lô, la Luthumière, Hambye, Massy, le Calvinet and Altkirch, Lady of Saint-Rémy, Matignon and Issenheim." (Alice Heine, the penultimate Duchess of Richelieu)

NON-REIGNING ROYALTY.
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Marie Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
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Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece.
born Marie-Chantal Miller.
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Pavlos & Chantal of Greece
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Married  Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece.
"The daughter of American-born duty-free magnate Robert Miller, Marie-Chantal Miller grew up a true citizen of the world; she was raised with family homes in Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York, Gstaad, and Yorkshire. Miller married Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece—son of the deposed King Constantine of Greece—in 1995, and became Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. They now have five children and Marie-Chantal is founder and creative director of an eponymous luxury children's clothing brand." (Town & Country Magazine)
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Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland
Daniel Westling.
Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland
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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
Married Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.


Kelly, Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha.
"An American investment banker with an MBA from UCLA, Florida-born Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt married Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 2009 at a wedding attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Princess Astrid of Belgium, becoming Her Highness Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha. While you might not have heard of the house of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the royal houses of Europe have: its most famous members were Prince Albert and his first cousin (and wife) Queen Victoria, who ruled under the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. It wasn't until 1917, at the height of anti-German sentiment during World War I, that King George V decided to change the name of his house from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the present name: Windsor." (Town & Country Magazine)

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Anita Rhinelander Stewart
Anita Rhinelander Stewart.
Duchess of Viseu in Portugal
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Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu
1. Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu, married in 1909.
"Another American heiress who held all the cards was Anita Rhinelander Stewart. In 1909 she met Prince Miguel de Braganza, whose father was referred to as the Pretender to the Portuguese throne, and three months later, they were engaged. At first it was announced that the marriage would be morganatic, but Anita refused to accept anything less than the title of princess. And she got it: Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary, who extended hospitality to the exiled Braganzas, created the tenacious American the Duchess Vizeu & Princess de Braganza in her own right." (The American Heiress)

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor.
American socialite

"The American who would have been queen of England, twice-divorced Wallis Simpson famously so enchanted King Edward VIII of England that he abdicated the throne to marry her. (As head of the Church of England, the idea of Edward marrying a divorcée was anathema for religious, legal, and—at the time—moral reasons.) While she never held the title of HRH, after marrying Edward she became the Duchess of Windsor and the two went into merry, glittering exile in places like the Bahamas, Florida, New York, and Paris. Though her relationship with the British royal family remained fractured, when Wallis died in 1986 the funeral was attended by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Her final blessing was performed by the archbishop of Canterbury—a firm sign of royal respect—and she was buried next to Edward at Frogmore in Windsor." (Town & Country Magazine)

Sofia Hellqvist.
Princess Sofia of Sweden, Duchess of Värmland.
Married
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.""

Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan.
"With a degree in International Relations, an MSC in Development Studies, and an impressive resume that includes stints at the United Nations, Sarah Butler of Texas might not have seemed like the most likely candidate to marry a Middle Eastern prince. Nonetheless, she found her happily ever after in Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein—a member of the Jordanian House of Hashemite and Crown Prince of Iraq—becoming Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid in 2000. The couple has three children and live in New York, where Prince Zeid works as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Princess Sarah raises awareness for causes including Every Newborn Action Plan, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch." (Town & Country Magazine)

Alexandra Miller.
Married Prince Alexandre von Fürstenberg.
"Younger sister to Marie-Chantal of Greece (as well as sister to Pia Getty), Alexandra Miller married Prince Alexandre von Fürstenberg in 1995. With her daughter Princess Talita as high-society's newest it-girl, her mother-in-law as Diane von Fürstenberg (she married Prince Alexander's father Prince Egon in 1969) and her brother-in-law as the future king of Greece, we'd bet those are some fabulous family reunions." (Town & Country Magazine)

Daria, Princess of Serbia (1859-1938)
born Daria Pankhurst Wright Pratt
Married, in 1913
Prince Alexis Karageorgevich of Serbia
Prince Alexis Karageorgevich of Serbia (1859-1920)

Princess Lee Radziwill.
"Jackie Kennedy's younger sister Lee Radziwill was born Caroline Lee Bouvier in tony Southampton, New York. Her second marriage—in 1959, just before JFK officially announced his candidacy for the Presidency—was to Polish prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwill. Long considered the prettier, more vivacious sister—though Jackie was known as a fashion icon, Lee had a more inherent sense of style and eventually was named to the International Best Dressed List's Hall of Fame—Lee still lived much of her otherwise vibrant life in Jackie's shadow. (She had an affair with Aristotle Onassis before he became involved with Jackie and was reportedly furious when her sister married him.) Her marriage to Prince Radziwill lasted 15 years and produced two children, Anthony and Tina; now in her 80s, Lee divides her time between New York and Paris." (Town & Country Magazine)

Christopher O'Neill.
Married Princess Madeleine of Sweden.
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Anna Gould 
Anna Gould
Comtesse de Castellane, Duchesse de Sagan
married

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Boniface de Castellane
1. French count Boniface "Boni" de Castellane, mar 1895, div 1906

2. French Helie de Talleyrand-Perigord, Duc de Sagan, Boni's cousin, mar 1908.
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Consuelo Vanderbilt
Consuelo Vanderbilt married
Duchess of Marlborough
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Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough
1. Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, married in 1895, divorced in 1921
Jacques Balsan
2. Jacques Balsan, married in 1921
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Agnes, Princess of Salm-Salm
Agnes, Princess of Salm-Salm. (1844-1912)
born Agnes Elisabeth Winona Leclerc Joy of Vermont, USA.
"Agnes Leclerc Joy, born in Franklin, Vermont, married Prince Felix of Salm-Salm on August 30, 1862 at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC"  (Unofficial Royalty)
Prince Felix of Salm-Salm
Married Prince Felix of Salm-Salm.

Alice Green.
Married in 1855
Prince Ángel de Iturbide y Huarte of Mexico.
"The Rosedale estate in Georgetown was the grand home of Alice Green, granddaughter of Revolutionary War General Uriah Forrest and great-granddaughter of Maryland Governor George Plater.[1] This belle was basically American royalty, which was great for when she married Don Angel Maria de Iturbide y Huarte, the exiled prince of the Mexican imperial line and a student at Georgetown University. By the time the lovebirds met and wed, Angel’s father, Agustin the First, had been deposed and executed.[2]  Although Alice’s husband and their son, Agustin, had a technical claim to the throne, few suspected that Agustin I’s nine-month rule would bring his descendants anything." (Boundary Stones)

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Mary Esther Lee
Mary Esther Lee married
Princess Friedrich of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Countess of Waldersee
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Prince Friedrich of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
1. Prince Friedrich of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, married in 1864.
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Count Alfred von Waldersee
2. Count Alfred von Waldersee, married 1874

Elizabeth Patterson.
"Elizabeth Patterson, born in Baltimore, Maryland, married Jerome Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon), later King of Westphalia, on December 24, 1803 in Baltimore, Maryland." (Unofficial Royalty)
John Owen Dominis

John Owen Dominis (1832-1891).
of Schenectady, New York.
Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii 
Married in 1862 Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii (1838-1917)
Princess Salwa Aga Khan.
born Kendra Spears of Seattle, USA
"After years spent modeling for Prada, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, Seattle-born Kendra Spears became Princess Salwa Aga Khan when she married Prince Rahim Aga Khan—eldest son of the current Aga Khan—in 2013 at Geneva's Château de Bellerive. The couple, who live in Switzerland, have two children, and Princess Salwa still works as a model under her maiden name: she has appeared on the cover of Vogue Espana, Tatler, Elle France, and Vogue China and is the face of the Armani Code fragrance campaign."

Rita Hayworth.
Married Prince Aly Khan.
"Hayworth was one of Hollywood's brightest stars when she met Italian-born Prince Aly Khan, son of the Aga Khan (the Imam of Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad). The two married a year after meeting—despite the fact that Hayworth had just ended her relationship with Orson Welles—and their tempestuous union lasted fewer than four years and produced one daughter, philanthropist and Alzheimer's crusader Yasmin Aga Khan." (Town & Country Magazine)

References.
Alice Heine, the penultimate Duchess of Richelieu

Alice Heine, Princess of Monaco

America's Million Dollar Princesses: The real-life Downton-style unions with English aristocracy that produced Princess Diana, Churchill and put the Queen on the throne

American princesses: Grace Kelly, Kendra Spears, Marie-Chantal Miller and more American women who married royals @Hello

Americans Who Married Royalty @Unofficial Royalty

Boni de Castellane sale recalls excesses of ‘Belle Époque’

Cash For Coronets: A Yankee Doodle 'Princess' Becomes A Balkan Bride! @Esoteric Curiosa

Cash for titles: The Billion-dollar ladies

Commerce Township woman with ties to European royalty dies at 84 @Detroit Free Press

Five American women who married into royalty @Straits Times

Meghan Markle, Grace Kelly and Other All-American Princesses @Forbes

Move Over, Kate Middleton: These Commoners All Married Royals, Too

Princess of Monaco: Duchesse de Richelieu to marry the ruler of the Principality

The Gilded Age's real-life "Dollar Princesses"

The husband hunters: A new book reveals the extraordinary lengths American heiresses went to snap up impoverished British blue bloods in a cash-for-class deal that saved the aristocracy

19 commoners who married into royalty @The Insider

25 Regular People Who Married Royalty

Noble And Royal Interracial Marriages

Titled Americans, 1890

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