Kid Royals around the World
Posted: April 30, 2018
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, presses his hands together. He bows politely to the future king of Bhutan, Crown Prince Jigme. The tiny prince presses his hands together too. He toddles on unsteady feet—because he’s a toddler!
Can you imagine what it would feel like to be royalty? A few kids don’t have to use their imaginations. They have been princes and princesses for as long as they can remember!
Prince Christian got a royal welcome when he was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, twelve years ago. Soldiers fired a 21-gun salute! Prince Christian has two little siblings, twins Josephine and Vincent. In Denmark, a boy or a girl can become a monarch. But the oldest sibling is always chosen first. Prince Christian will probably become king of Denmark one day.
Princess Aiko’s dad is next in line for the throne of Japan. But 16-year-old Princess Aiko will never rule. Only males inherit the Japanese throne. Aiko will remain a princess though—as long as she doesn’t marry a commoner.
Rumor says Crown Prince Moulay Hassan doesn’t enjoy having his fingertips kissed. (Royal kids and grownups have to worry about that sometimes. Many people still customarily kiss the hands of royals to show respect. Once, people thought kissing a royal would cure diseases!) Prince Moulay turns 15 this spring. One day, he will become king of Morocco.
Dutch Princess Catharina-Amalia got an honor similar to Princess Leonor’s. She became the Princess of Orange. That title shows that the 14-year-old will one day become Queen of the Netherlands. Her dad wants her to wait a while before she takes on too much royal responsibility though. He thinks she needs time and space to grow up.