The new heiresses of the royal houses, such as Amalia from Holland or Ingrid from Norway, are already part of the lists and are consolidated as fashion icons with a clear reference: their mothers
Clothing is much more than clothing to cover up. Its meaning is enormous and, with it, many messages are transmitted by those who often cannot use words to do so, as is the case with members of monarchies. For this reason, those who are part of royal families learn from a young age to take advantage of and express their personality through clothing. Now, a new generation of princesses and members of these aristocratic houses are giving a glimpse of their styles, their way of dressing, which is a reflection of their way of being.
The magazine Vogue, in its British edition, explained at the end of June that there is “a new generation of royals dressing with a purpose ”, and they stood out in the first position of their list of young people to follow Princess Leonor. “Although she will inherit the crown from her father, Leonor has already inherited the ease of style from her mother, Queen Letizia, with bold choices, and those to come,” the fashion guide relates.
Young princesses and aristocrats, in general, tend to have two things in common. The first is that brand names are mixed in their dressing rooms low cost, others of small interesting clothing firms, some sustainable fashion and, of course, some doses of bespoke or haute couture dresses. And, the second is that they tend to follow in the wake of their mothers when dressing, and even wear their clothes.
This is the case of Princess Leonor de Borbón, the first-born of the kings of Spain. At the age of 14 and already touching adolescence, she is at a difficult age to dress, something to which her position and constant public scrutiny are added. She continues to choose flat shoes, especially flats, like her sister Sofía, who is barely a year and a half better and who dresses in a more casual way. Their biggest change in recent years – something that happened in both sisters – has been in their hair, because they have left behind the braids, more childish, and have released their hair, which is getting longer, as is usual among teenagers your age.
In addition, as they get older it is increasingly common to see girls wearing clothes and shoes that have been their mother’s, released or not. In fact, in a recent outing to the theater at the end of June, Leonor wore a dress from a Hugo Boss collection from three years ago, one of the brands most used by Queen Letizia, so it may have probably belonged to her before until that now the princess has decided to release it.
European princesses also follow in the footsteps of their parents. For example, Ingrid Alexandra, 16 (daughter of Haakon and Mette Marit from Norway) and Maud Angelica, 17 (daughter of Marta Luisa and Ari Behn) are cousins and have a completely different style, despite only taking one year . Both, given their age, dress informally, although Ingrid tends to make public appearances somewhat more arranged, with her hair very combed or in traditional Norwegian dress, something very common. Meanwhile, her cousin Maud has a more childish style (despite being eight months older), and wears always darker clothes in her appearances.
In the same wake of Ingrid, the heir to the Norwegian heir, is Elizabeth of Brabant, now 18 years old and heir to the throne of Belgium. The eldest daughter of Felipe, king of the Belgians, is still a teenager who loves jeans and white sports shoes, but also, given her role as heiress and her coming of age, it is increasingly common to see her wearing dresses, shoes not very high heels and her blonde hair very combed. Like her mother, Queen Matilde, she tends to opt for soft tones, flowery outfits and clothes from national designers.
A slightly more fashionable touch has the three daughters of the kings of the Netherlands: Amalia (the eldest and heiress, 16 years old), Alexia (15 years old) and Ariane (13 years old). The little girl is still too big to draw attention to her clothes, but the two older ones are already making headlines. In the case of Amalia for being the heiress and in Alexia for her open and striking character, similar to that of her mother. The medium is a fan of networks such as Instagram or TikTok, where they record videos singing or putting on makeup.
Among the European royal houses, the aristocrats who have fewer titles stand out, who allow themselves a greater play with fashion and trends. This is the case of Olympia of Greece, daughter of Paul of Greece (son of Constantine, last king of the Hellenic country) and her wife, millionaire Marie-Chantal Miller, glamorous lady of global high society. Olympia, 23, is a regular on catwalks and magazines and has even starred in a fashion campaign, such as that of the Spanish footwear firm Pretty Ballerinas.
After the long fashion reign of Carolina de Mónaco and her daughter Carlota, now in her thirties, the two daughters of Princess Estefanía arrive stomping on parades, catwalks and various events. Pauline Ducruet, 26, is a huge fan of fashion and has made her debut as a designer for her own firm, Alter Design, on the Paris catwalk. In addition, a few months ago she also presented her designs, without a parade due to the coronavirus pandemic, at the fashion week of the Principality of Monaco. Her sister Camille Gottlieb, 21, wears a style very close to the fashion of the moment and is a follower of trends, as evidenced by the photographs of your Instagram profile, which updates frequently.
Among the European royal families, the Windsors stand out, whose style is instantly scrutinized. Kate Middleton’s seems to be passed down to her quirky five-year-old daughter Carlota. From Zara clothes to small brands (some of them Spanish) or more special designer clothes, the way of dressing of Guillermo de Inglaterra’s wife seems to have its continuation in the little one. In addition, each garment that is worn is sold out.
Something that can also be seen, with a certain difference in age and position, in the style of the young Louise Windsor, daughter of Sophie and Edward of Wessex, the youngest son of Elizabeth II. The young woman, who in principle will not use her royal titles when she grows up, as her parents have advanced, opts for a style as British as her mother’s (which in recent years has been gaining in refinement when it comes to dressing). On informal occasions, it is common to see her in blouses, jeans, horse riding boots and Barbour-type coats. For more formal moments, there is no shortage of flowery dresses, midi coats, very low heels and the classic headdresses.