Style Queens: Take a Look at the Royal World's Most Elegant – and Edgy – Fashionistas
PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF MONACO
This fresh-faced Monegasque royal – her grandmother is Grace Kelly – with killer brows and the perfect bone structure has become a source of international fashion admiration, boasting accolades like a spot on Vanity Fair’s 2006 International Best Dressed List and the highly covetable cover photo on Vogue Paris’ 2011 September issue. She didn’t disappoint at this year’s 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, where she took the red carpet for the May 17th premiere of Carol in a pleated floral Gucci gown designed by Alessandro Michele. The crimson bow accentuating her tiny waistline transformed the flowy spring frock into a slim silhouette.
PRINCESS VICTORIA OF SWEDEN
Who doesn’t love a great statement piece? Judging from her iconic matrimonial cameo crown, Sweden’s eldest princess is not averse to style staples that keep people talking. During her visit to Lisbon’s Academia Das Ciencias, a school for the sciences, on June 4, the royal rocked her own geometric fashion sense in a white Preen Spring 2014 dress decorated with a multi-hued, overlap zigzag pattern. The electric blue pumps and white Ralph Lauren shoulder bag worked together as the perfect eye-popping accessories duo.
PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO
Following in Grace Kelly’s glamorous footsteps, Monaco’s ultra-chic princess doesn’t have any trouble standing out. She proves time and again that any classic crowd favorite look can make a bold statement, most recently at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix in a white high-low gown with illusion paneling at the neckline and shoulders. She added a little extra edge via metallic pumps. (It also didn’t hurt that her sleek swept back hair and soft lip were completely on point.)
CATHERINE, THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
It’s no secret that has been at the forefront of our fashion radar since her 2011 wedding to ; it’s even been said that her penchant for great style – which landed her a spot wearing a smoldering see-through number in her university’s fashion show as a student – was initially what won her fellow classmate and British heir’s heart. One of our favorite Kate looks is the ethereal lavender-gray Alexander McQueen gown she beamed in at the 2011 BAFTA Brits to Watch Event at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles. The glittery garnish to top it all off was diamond earrings given to her by the Queen – or, perhaps, her to-die-for waistline accentuated by a matching glittering belt.
PRINCESS TATIANA OF GREECE
Having worked for Diana von Furstenberg before marrying Greek Prince Nikolaos, Princess Tatiana is no stranger to great fashion and style. The model-esque royal’s stunning high-neck black and white gown with a sheer black lace-lined cape and matching tiered earrings worn to the 2013 Telva Fashion Awards in Madrid proved that her red carpet instincts have never been more on point.
PRINCESS SIRIVANNAVARI OF THAILAND
Most recently glowing in Elie Saab on the cover of Harpers Bazaar Thailand and working on a new clothing line, the fashion designer princess from the Far East knows a thing or two about dressing to impress. While attending the Elie Saab fashion show at Jardin de Tuileries during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015, Sirivannavari posed in a bright yellow silk A-line dress with geometrical patterning. Her bow-accented pumps tied the feminine look together – and we definitely want that wooden clutch.
PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK
Denmark’s people’s princess stands as the picture of royal grace and eloquence, and her dashing ensemble worn to celebrate the centenary of the Danish Constitution at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen on June 5 pays sartorial tribute to those qualities. In a form-fitting floral dress in subtle spring hues of brown, gold and gray paired with a fringy white knit trench and nude T-strap pumps, Princess Mary proves that simple and classic doesn’t have to mean old and dull – especially if you’re owning a light blue floral fascinator and velvet mauve gloves.
PRINCESS DEENA OF SAUDI ARABIA
We love the pixie-haired Saudi Arabian princess’s fashion forward edge so much we couldn’t pick just one favorite look. A Fashion Week staple, the princess can typically be seen in the crowds viewing the most up-and-coming trends, like at the Sonia Rykiel show at Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 in September 2014. Marrying the feminine with the characteristically edgy, Princess Deena paired a sporty, leather-accented long-sleeve tee with a full black skirt and black pumps with a grommeted ankle. She rounded off the powerful look with an elegant brown, crocodile-embossed clutch. Another fashion week favorite of the princess’s was debuted at the Calvin Klein Collection during NYFW Fall 2015 in February, where she wore an oversize pale blue overcoat with a white angora-like fabric dress and high-cut gray suede booties.
QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN
Spain’s posh matriarch has always exhibited a taste for printed pumps paired with classy threads, and her strappy snakeskins and sleeveless gray leather tunic dress worn during a three-day Paris excursion earlier this month showcase her magic combination of sexy and regally chic. The matching ostrich skin clutch and gold tiered earrings turned simple into statement as she attended state meetings at landmarks like the Library of the Cervantes Institute and Grand Palais.
While she can recently be seen taking formal fashion inspiration from fellow commoner-turned-crown-royal Princess Kate, Sweden’s gorgeous soon-to-be princess attracts many fashion-forward eyes with no help at all. Sofia proved she can hold her own among other royal fashion icons in the fitted-bodice fuschia gown she sparkled in at the 2014 Nobel Prize Banquet at City Hall in Stockholm on December 10. Although it’s definitely hard to argue with that kind of sequin and tulle detailing, we have to admit that Prince Carl Philip on her arm was just what the ensemble ordered.
QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN
What can’t Rania do? Jordan’s multitalented and devastatingly gorgeous queen not only acts as an icon for international humanitarianism and has nearly 40,000 subscribers on YouTube, she’s also a bona fide fashionista. Showing off both sides of her personal prowess while being honored at the 20th Annual Glamour Women of the Year awards in 2010, the reputable royal sparkled in a starry, blue-toned Halston gown with a side-scoop neck and belted waist.
QUEEN MéXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS
The Netherlands’ fearless fashion ruler has been known to boast bold looks, but one of our recent favorites takes a turn for the traditional. During a state visit to Toronto, Canada on May 29, the queen paid a classic tribute to the looming summer season in a fitted white cowl neck dress accented with gold pointed-toe pumps, her typical sunhat, and gold accessories.