Skip to main content

The Royal 2018: January's crop of Capricorns

After all that Christmas feasting, don't think you're out of the party woods yet. January is a bumper month for royal birthdays with kings, queens, consorts and heirs packing out the month with celebrations. If you get a day off from all this anniversary cake and candles, count yourself lucky. To keep it manageable, this year's birthdays are served in two parts with a little help from the signs of the zodiac. Here come the royal birthday girls and boys for January born as Capricorns.....

January 5th 2018

Birthday royal King Juan Carlos of Spain

Candles on their cake this year 80

Royal story in a sentence Juan Carlos Alfonso Victor Maria  was born on January 5th 1938 in Rome and ruled Spain between 1975 and 2014 before abdicating

Most likely to....keep things low key. Spain is in political turmoil and the House of Bourbon is still struggling to regain anything like the popularity it enjoyed in the 80s and 90s. Partying behind closed doors for this milestone.

January 5th 2018

Birthday royal Jean of Luxembourg

Candles on the cake this year 97

Royal story in a sentence Jean BenoĆ®t Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano was born on January 5th 1921 in Luxembourg and was Grand Duke between 1964 and 2000 when he abdicated.

Most likely to....surprise us all with a cracking royal party - when he turned 95, a huge regal turnout celebrated with him.

January 8th 2018

Birthday royals Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark

Candles on their cake 7

Royal story in a sentence  Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda were born on January 8th 2011 in Copenhagen, youngest children of Crown Pricnce Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and the country's first royal twins in centuries.

Most likely to Star in some super cute birthday photos, probably taken by their proud mum

January 9th 2018

Birthday royal The Duchess of Cambridge

Candles on their cake this year 36

Royal story in a sentence Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9th 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and married William, Duke of Cambridge and second in line to the throne on April 29th 2011.

Most likely to Get lots of media attention even though we rarely see Kate on her birthday

 January 18th 2018

Birthday royal Princess Claire of Belgium

Candles on their cake this year 44

Royal story in a sentence Claire Louise Coombs, born in Bath on January 18th 1974, has had a rollercoaster royal life since marrying the sometimes controversial Prince Laurent of Belgium in 2004, helping her husband through serious illness as well as public rows with his family.  

Most likely to Wake up to a media storm on her birthday 

January 19th 2018

Birthday royal Princess Margriet of the Netherlands 

Candles on their cake this year 75

Royal story in a sentence Auntie to King Willem-Alexander, Margriet Fracisca was born on January 19th 1943, in Canada during World War Two but has spent most of her life in the Netherlands where she still carries out royal engagements. 

Most likely to Get a special set of birthday portraits and look marvellously serene in all of them

January 19th 2018

Birthday royal Princess Birgitta of Sweden

Candles on their cake this year 81

Royal story in a sentence This older sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf doesn't just stand out because of her flamboyance - Birgitta Ingeborg Alice, born on January 19th 1937 at the Haga Palace is the only one of the monarch's sisters to have married royalty. 

Most likely to Celebrate by wearing something completely outlandish

More January birthdays to come - tomorrow we look at the royals born this month under the sign of Aquarius.


Popular posts from this blog

Princess Eugenie in Harper's Bazaar

Princess Eugenie of York with Laura Brown of Harper's Bazaar - the royal features in the September edition  (photo Laura Brown Instagram)
Another month, another glossy mag with a princess as its star. After Kate did Vogue and Mary did Vogue (again), this time round it's Eugenie doing Harper's Bazaar. The seventh in line to the throne features in the US September issue of the magazine, looking very glamourous while she's at it.

The House of Windsor at 100: daughters of the Crown

On July 17th 1917, George V issued a royal proclamation changing the name of his royal house and family to Windsor. It was the beginning of dynasty that would set records and change the concept of modern monarchy. And it's a house built on and by women. We've already met some of them when remembering the consorts, now we turn to the royal daughters. Four women have been born to the monarchs of the House of Windsor, all of them hugely important. As we mark the centenary of this special dynasty, here are the daughters of those who have worn the Crown.

The Queen's January

January is always a low key month for the Queen. She stays at Sandringham throughout the month and we mostly get to see her as she heads out to church. But while the public appearances have been as restrained as usual, Elizabeth II has found herself hovering close to the headlines in what's proved to be a busy month for the monarch.