10 royal birthdays in March
Guess who's one this March?
(photo kungahuset.se/ Kate Gabor)
(photo kungahuset.se/ Kate Gabor)
Get the cake and cards ready, it's royal birthday time. March has plenty of regal celebrations within its 31 days and this year we've got a real landmark as a certain prince from Sweden celebrates his first birthday. Turning one is a big deal and there will be plenty of attention for Oscar's big day but he's not the only one blowing out candles this month. Here are ten royal birthdays in March.
Prince Oscar of Sweden, Duke of Skane will be 1 on March 2nd 2017
Oscar Carl Olof, Prince of Sweden and Duke of Skane was born on March 2nd 2016 at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm to global attention. The second child and first son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, he was third in line to this country's throne from birth and made his debut just hours after arriving when he was snapped in his car seat being taken home by mum, dad and big sister, Princess Estelle. Oscar was christened on May 27th 2016. He's enjoyed a big holiday with his family as 2017 gets under way but his big first birthday will no doubt be marked with special photos.
Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria will be 78 on March 6th 2017
Margarita Maria de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua y Todos los Santos, Infanta of Spain was born on March 6th 1939 in Rome. She is the third child and second daughter of Juan, Count of Barcelona and his wife, Maria de las Mercedes and the younger sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain. She married Carlos Zurita y Delgado in 1972 at which point she gave up her succession rights. Aunt of the present King of Spain, Felipe VI, the Infanta Margarita has a low profile now.
The Earl of Wessex will be 53 on March 10th 2017
Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex was born on March 10th 1964 at Buckingham Palace, London. He is the third son and youngest child of Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Born third in line to the throne, he is now number nine in the succession. He became Earl of Wessex on his marriage to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in 1999 and the couple live in Surrey with their two children. Prince Edward has had a busy royal year of engagements and while there might be a brief pause for birthday cake, expect another busy diary to come.
Prince Gabriel of Nassau will be 11 on March 12th 2017
Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny of Nassau was born on March 12th 2006 in Geneva. He is the elder son of son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and his former wife, Tessy, who divorced earlier in 2017. Prince Gabriel is the first grandchild of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. His father gave up his succession rights and those of his descendants on his marriage.
Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre, Prince of Monaco was born on March 14th 1958 at the Prince's Palace, Monte Carlo. He was the second child and only son of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace. He became sovereign of Monaco on April 6th 2005 on the death of Prince Rainier and married Charlene Wittstock in July 2011. Their twins, Gabriella and Jacques, were born in December 2014, and they may well star in any birthday photos for dad's day this year ahead of the big 6-0 celebrations that are bound to follow in 2018.
Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau will be 13 on March 21st 2017
Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max, Count of Orange-Nassau was born on March 21st 2004 at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. He is the second child and only son of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and his wife, Princess Laurentien. Claus-Casimir, nephew of King Willem-Alexander and sixth in line to the Dutch throne, is the only grandson of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista was born on March 22nd 1956 in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of Jose Mestre and Maria Teresa Batista. She married Henri, then Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, on February 14th 1981 and they have five children. Henri and Maria Teresa became Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg in 2000 and now have four grandchildren to join in the birthday celebrations this month.
Princess Eugenie of York will be 27 on March 23rd 2017
Eugenie Victoria Helena of York was born on March 23rd 1990 at the Portland Hospital, London. She is the second child of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and is now eighth in line to the throne. She's been the subject of much royal wedding speculation in recent months as her relationship with Jack Brookshank becomes ever more serious. Chances are that by the time she turns 28, we'll all have seen Eugenie as a bride.
Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau will be 12 on March 25th 2017
Emma Luana Ninette Sophie, Countess of Orange-Nassau was born on March 25th 2005. She is the elder child of the late Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands and his wife, Princess Mabel. Her father gave up his rights to the throne and those of all his descendants at the time of his marriage. Luana is the granddaughter of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Isla Phillips will be 4 on March 29th 2017
Isla Elizabeth Phillips was born on March 29th 2012, the second daughter of Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn. She is the second great grandchild of Elizabeth II and is currently 15th in the line of succession.
Photo of Maria Teresa of Luxembourg: By Denis Probst - Own work, archive Denis Probst, CC BY-SA 3.0 lu, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30433474