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European Royals

Europe’s current royal Josephines

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To mark the anniversary of the coronation of Empress Josephine, which took place on this day in 1804, we are taking a look at Europe’s current royals who have Josephine as one of their names.

Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark

The youngest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary was born on 8 January 2011, 26 minutes after her twin brother, Prince Vincent. She is fifth in line to the Danish throne.

Photo: HRH Crown Princess Mary

Princess Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine of Sweden

Princess Madeleine is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s three children. She is married to Chris O’Neill, and they have three children: Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne. Madeleine is seventh in the line of succession to the Swedish throne.

Princess Madeleine. Photo: Charles Lidbom, Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice of Sweden

Adrienne is the youngest child of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill and was born in 2018. She is tenth and last in the Swedish line of succession. Adrienne lives in Florida with her family.

Photo: Princess Madeleine

Princess Joséphine of Belgium

The newest princess in Europe, this Joséphine gained her title just a few months ago when her mother, Delphine, gained the title of princess and style of ‘Royal Highness’ after a court ruled they were entitled to the titles. Delphine is the daughter of King Albert from an extramarital affair. She is now Princess Delphine, and her children carry royal titles. They are not, however, in the line of succession.

Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg

Princess Alexandra is the only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. She was not in the line of succession to the Grand Ducal Throne until a 2011 change in the laws of succession allowed for women to ascend the throne. Alexandra is now sixth in line.

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About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.