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Royal Stepparents: From Princess Beatrice to Queen Noor

Today we’re looking at royal stepparents, from Princess Beatrice to Queen Noor of Jordan.

Princess Beatrice

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After her surprise wedding to Edoardo Mappelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020, Princess Beatrice became the stepmother of four-year-old Christopher Woolf, who is affectionately known as Wolfie. He is a private citizen and has not accompanied his royal stepmother on any public engagements, though he was his father’s best man at his wedding.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

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Upon their marriage in 2005, Prince Charles and Camilla became stepfather and stepmother to each others’ children.

Prince Charles is now stepfather to Tom Parker-Bowles, a food writer and critic who has also written several cookbooks, and Laura Lopes, an art curator. Lopes’ daughter Eliza was a bridesmaid at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Camilla is now stepmother to The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

Princess Marie of Denmark

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Upon her marriage to Prince Joachim in 2008, Princess Marie became the stepmother to his two children by Alexandra, the Countess of Frederiksborg. Princess Marie is very close to her stepsons, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, and has two children of her own with Prince Joachim: Prince Henrik and Princess Athena.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

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Crown Prince Haakon became a stepfather to Marius Borg Høiby, the son of Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby when the couple married in 2001. Marius has always lived with the royal couple and has always been treated as a family member of the Norwegian Royal Family, especially by King Harald and Queen Sonja. Marius, who was born in 1997, is now an adult and lives a private life.

Crown Prince Haakon also has two children: his heir, Princess Ingrid Alexandra; and son, Prince Sverre Magnus.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

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When Princess Charlene married Prince Albert II in 2011, she became the stepmother to his two children from prior relationships: Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, who was born in 1992 from a relationship with an American woman (Prince Albert confirmed her paternity in 2006); and Alexandre Coste, who was born in 2003 to a woman living in France (Prince Albert confirmed his paternity in 2005). Neither child is in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.

Princess Charlene also has twin children with Prince Albert, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, who were born in 2014.

Princess Caroline of Monaco

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When Princess Caroline married for the third time in 1999, to Prince Ernst August of Hanover, she became the stepmother of his two children: Prince Ernst August and Prince Christian.

Princess Caroline has three children from her marriage to Stefano Casiraghi: Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre; and one daughter, Princess Alexandra, with Prince Ernst August.

Queen Noor of Jordan

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Queen Noor became the stepmother to the eight children of King Hussein of Jordan when she married him in 1978. From Hussein’s first marriage to Princess Dina, Noor became stepmother to Princess Alia bint Hussein. From Hussein’s second marriage to Princess Muna, Noor became stepmother to now-King Abdullah II, Prince Faisal bin Hussein, Princess Aisha bint Hussein, and Princess Zein bint Hussein. From Hussein’s third marriage to Queen Alia, Noor became stepmother to Princess Haya bint Hussein, Prince Ali bin Hussein, and Abir Muhaisen, a child adopted by Hussein and Alia.

King Hussein and Queen Noor had four children together: Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, Prince Hashim bin Hussein, Princess Iman bint Hussein, and Princess Raiyah bin Hussein.

About author

Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.