8 Royal Birthdays for July
July isn't nearly as popular for royal birthdays right now as some of the earlier months of the year (April and June. we're looking at you). But there are plenty of high profile names marking their big days in July. And this year, this rather select band are packing in the landmark celebrations. Everywhere you look, there's a royal milestone to be marked. Here are the names you need to put on the royal birthday card list for the month ahead.
Queen Sonja of Norway in 80 on July 4th 2017
Sonja Haraldsen was born on July 4th 1937 in Oslo, the daughter of Karl and Dagny Haraldsen. She grew up in the Norwegian capital where she studied dressmaking as well as accounting. After a nine year courtship, she became engaged to the then Crown Prince of Norway, Harald, in 1968 and they married in August that year. She became Queen of Norway on January 17th 1991 and this year there has been huge popular support for her and her husband as they celebrate their 80th birthdays.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is 40 on July 14th 2017
There's another big birthday in Scandinavia this summer as the future Queen of Sweden turns 40. Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree was born on July 14th 1977 at the Karolinska Hospital, Solna. She is the first child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia but at the time of her birth had no right to succeed to her country's throne. A change in the law meant that on January 1st 1980 she became Crown Princess of Sweden, relegating her new baby brother to second in line to the throne. Victoria grew up in Stockholm and in 2010 she married Daniel Westling. The couple has two children, Estelle and Oscar.
The Duchess of Cornwall is 70 on July 17th 2017
Landmark birthday number three is that of the Duchess of Cornwall who reaches 70 this July. Camilla Rosemary Shand was born on July 17th 1947 at King's College Hospital, London, the first child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, Rosalind. She grew up in East Sussex. She married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973 and had two children. Her relationship with the Prince of Wales was then over (they had met in 1971) but its resumption in the 1980s caused huge controversy. Camilla Parker Bowles married the Prince of Wales in April 2005.
Felipe de Marichalar y Borbon is 19 on July 17th 2017
Felipe Juan Froilan de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbon was born on July 17th 1998 in Madrid, He is the first child and only son of Infanta Elena of Spain and her former husband, Jaime de Marichalar. Froilan, as he is popularly called, is the eldest grandchild of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain and his birth caused huge celebrations as it guaranteed the succession of the latest incarnation of the House of Bourbon. He is now fourth in line to the Spanish throne.