9 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. Here are the names you need to put on the royal birthday card list for the month ahead.





Queen Sonja of Norway in 81 on July 4th 
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.





Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is 41 on July 14th 
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.


Prince Michael of Kent is 76 on July 4th 
Michael George Charles Franklin was born on July 4th 1942 at Coppins, Iver in Buckinghamshire, the second son and third child of the then Duke and Duchess of Kent, George and Marina. He was just six weeks old when his father died and he grew up with his mother and siblings, George and Alexandra. He married Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in June 1978 and lost his place in the succession as his new wife was a Catholic.The couple has two children and two grandchildren. Prince Michael was restored to the succession in 2015.



The Duchess of Cornwall is 71 on July 17th 
 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.




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Felipe de Marichalar y Borbon is 20 on July 17th 
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.




Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway is 45 on July 20th 
Haakon Magnus of Norway was born on July 20th 1973 in Oslo, the first son and second child of Harald and Sonja, then Crown Prince and Princess. He became heir to his country's throne on January 17th 1991 when his father succeeded as King Harald V. He was educated in Norway and the USA. He married Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby in August 2001 and they have two children together, Ingrid Alexandra and Sverre Margnus.



Princess Alexandra of Hanover is 19 on July 20th 
Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virgina of Hanover was born on July 20th 1999 in Vocklabruck, Austria, the only child of the marriage of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Princess Caroline of Monaco. She is often seen at royal events in Monaco and has competed as a figure skater for the country. 




Prince Felix of Denmark is 16 on July 22nd 
Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark was born on July 22nd 2002 in Copenhagen, the second son of Prince Joachim and his first wife, Princess Alexandra. He is the second grandchild of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik. Felix lives in Copenhagen and is seen at major royal events including birthday celebrations for his grandmother.  



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Prince George of Cambridge is 5 on July 22nd 
George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born on July 22nd 2013 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. He is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and third in line to the throne. One of the most famous babies in the world from birth,  he now has a little sistier, Charlotte, and brother, Louis, to annoy him.

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