So you’d like to be a Princess


The term “Princess” is most often used as the regal rank of a daughter or granddaughter of a king or queen, or the wife of a prince.


It is the feminine form of prince, derived from Old French meaning “noble lord” and from Latin princeps, meaning “first man, chief leader; ruler, sovereign”.


I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them

—Princess Diana.


Old English had no female equivalent of “prince”, “earl”, or any royal or noble title aside from queen.


A monarch’s daughter would be called “the Lady” followed by her first name. For example, the Lady Elizabeth or the Lady Mary—both daughters of King Henry VIII.


The term Princess started to become popular in Britain in the 18th century.


I don’t want to be a princess who sits on the sidelines; I want to be present and actively involved. It’s a life with a purpose

—Charlene, Princess of Monaco.


George I’s children, grandchildren, and male-line great grandchildren were automatically titled “Prince or Princess of Great Britain and Ireland” and styled “Royal Highness” (in the case of children and grandchildren) or “Highness” (in the case of male-line great grandchildren).


In European countries, a woman who marries a prince will almost always become a princess, but a man who marries a princess will almost never become a prince.



Alexandra of Denmark, Princess of Wales, 1864


Queen Alexandra (Alexandra Carolina Marie Charlotte Louise Julia; 1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925) was Queen Consort to Edward VII of the United Kingdom and thus Empress of India during her husband's reign. Prior to that, she was Princess of Wales from 1863 to 1901 (the longest anyone has ever held that title). From 1910, until her death, she was the Queen Mother, being a queen and the mother of the reigning monarch, George V of the United Kingdom, though she was more generally styled "Her Majesty Queen Alexandra"


Princess Dagmar of Denmark with her dog, 1860

Maria Feodorovna (1847 – 1928), christened Dagmar, was a Danish princess who became Empress of Russia as spouse of Emperor Alexander III of Russia. She was the second daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Cassel and sister of Britain's Queen Alexandra, and King George I of Greece. Among her children was the last Russian monarch, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, whom she outlived by ten years.








Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia and Germany, c. 1905


As German Crown Princess, Cecilie quickly became one of the most beloved members of the German Imperial House. She was known for her elegance and fashion consciousness. It was not long before her style was copied by many women throughout the German Empire.











Princess Margaret "Daisy" of Connaught, 1907


Princess Margaret of Connaught (1882 – 1920) was Crown Princess of Sweden and Duchess of Skåne as the first wife of the future King Gustaf VI Adolf.

She was the elder daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria, and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia.

Nicknamed Daisy and known in Sweden as Margareta, she died before her husband's accession to the throne of Sweden.







Princess Elizaveta Esperovna Troubetzkaya, 1859


Formerly Princess Belosselskaya-Belozerskaya from an aristocratic Russian family that descends in a direct male line from the Earliest Kievan Rus rulers and later of the medieval sovereigns of the Principality of Beloozero.












Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, 1861


The Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine was the third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She married Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse in 1862.












Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark, 1914


Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark (20 January 1878 – 29 August 1923) was a wealthy American heiress, Nonie "Nancy" May Stewart Worthington Leeds, who became a member of the Greek and Danish Royal Families through marriage to Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark, the youngest child of King George I of Greece and his consort, Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia.









Princess Sophie of Bavaria, 1832


Sophie Friederike Dorothee Wilhelmine, Princess of Bavaria (27 January 1805 – 28 May 1872) was born to King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and his second wife Caroline of Baden. She was the identical twin sister of Princess Maria Anna of Bavaria, Queen of Saxony as wife of Frederick Augustus II of Saxony.










Leonilla, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 1843


Leonilla Ivanovna Bariatinskaia Princess of Sayn Wittgenstein Sayn was a Russian aristocrat who married Ludwig, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. Known for her great beauty and intellect, Princess Leonilla was the subject of a number of portraits by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.











Princess Tatiana Alexandrovna Yusupova, 1858

The Yusupovs were a Russian noble family descended from the monarchs of the Nogai Horde who, in the 18th and 19th centuries, were renowned for their immense wealth, philanthropy and art collections. Most notably, Prince Felix Yusupov II was famous for his involvement in the murder of Rasputin.



Princess Louise of Baden, 1807


German born Princess Louise of Baden, also known as Elizaveta Alexeevna, wife of Russian tsar Alexander I.


These are truly beautiful Princess’s… but how could this list not include one of the most beautiful of all.



Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981. They had two sons and later divorced in 1996.


Diana, Princess of Wales/Quotes


Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.


I don't go by the rule book... I lead from the heart, not the head.


Family is the most important thing in the world.


When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.


I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved


They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?


Only do what your heart tells you.


I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am.


If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.


Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.

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                                                July 1, 1961 -  August 31, 1997

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