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The teenagers who will one day assume the throne

There are five teenagers in Europe who will one day assume the throne in their countries. Let’s take a look at the future monarchs.

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium:

Also known as the Duchess of Brabant (the title of the heir to the Belgian throne), Elisabeth will come of age on 25 October. Elisabeth, as the eldest of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde’s four children, is first in line to the throne. Her three younger siblings are Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eléonore.

Elisabeth is currently undergoing her military training at the Belgian Military Academy. She will one day be Belgium’s first queen regnant.

©️Royal Palace, Belgium. Photographer: Bas Bogaerts

Prince Christian of Denmark:

He will one day ascend the throne after his father, Crown Prince Frederik. The 15-year-old is the eldest of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s four children. His three younger siblings are Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. Born on 15 October 2005, he will turn 16 later this year.

Christian was the first member of the Danish Royal Family to attend a public school. He is enrolled at Tranegårdskolen with his three younger siblings.

Princess Amalia of the Netherlands:

Born Princess Catharina-Amalia, her title since her father’s ascension to the Dutch throne is the Princess of Orange. The eldest of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s three daughters, she has gone by Amalia since birth. Her two younger siblings are Princesses Alexia and Ariane. Her father once joked that his three daughters “The A-Team” all had names beginning with an ‘a’ to keep their “triple-A rating.” She will come of age in December.

She currently attends Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague.

Photo: RVD – Martijn Beekman

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway: 

Born on 21 January 2004, Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the elder child and only daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Her grandfather, King Harald is currently on the throne. She has one younger brother, Prince Sverre Magnus and one older half-brother from her mother’s previous relationship, Marius Borg Høiby.

The 17-year-old is attending Elvebakken Upper Secondary School in Oslo. She will be Norway’s second female monarch.

Julia Naglestad / Det kongelige hoff

Princess Leonor of Spain:

Leonor, who as heir holds the title Princess of Asturias, is the elder daughter of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain. Her younger sister is Infanta Sofía.

The 15-year-old is only heir presumptive to the Spanish throne because if her parents were to have a boy, she would be bumped down to second in line as Spain still operates under male-preference cognatic primogeniture.

© Casa de SM el Rey/Estela de Castro

She is set to start school in Wales at the UWC Atlantic College in the autumn alongside Princess Alexia of the Netherlands.

Turning 16 on 31 October, Leonor will be Spain’s first queen regnant since the 1800s when Queen Isabella II was on the throne.

This post was originally published in 2019 and has since been updated.

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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 including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.