BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE MOTHERS
|Madeleine and Leonore|
in traditional costumes
Instead, I thought we might have another pregnancy from Madeleine's sister Crown Princess Victoria, whose only child Princess Estelle will be three in a couple of months. It looks like we will have to wait for that one.
On the other hand, I thought we would not see another pregnancy announcement for Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge until 2015. You may remember that speculation was high at the end of last year that Kate was already pregnant, just months after giving birth to Prince George (a la Princess Madeleine). I correctly forecast that this was not the case. And, we might not have gotten an announcement about this second pregnancy until around Christmas or New Year except for the fact that Kate once again suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum. The pregnancy was announced earlier than usual to account for canceled engagements, which included what would have been her first solo overseas trip. Instead, her husband went to Malta for her.
|The Monagesque princely family|
had cause to celebrate!
(In this section, I also mentioned Dowager Queen Fabiola's unsuccessful struggles to become a mother. Alas, we lost Fabiola on Dec. 5 at the age of 86.)
BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE BRIDES
|Sofia Hellqvist and her prince|
Photo by Erika Gerdemark
Prince Carl Philipp, however, did deliver with an announced engagement to his live-in love Sofia Hellqvist. The couple plans to wed on June 27, 2015. As expected, her past as a reality star and former glamor model still rankled when the engagement was announced but she has been turning out very princess-like appearances, including at the Nobel Prize events, since the announcement.
I also downplayed the idea that Prince Harry's relationship with Cressida Bonas was very serious. The couple has since split with Cressie continuing her boho lifestyle without her high-flying prince.
JUST BECAUSE SHE IS
|The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge|
with Prince George in Australia
OTHER ROYAL NEW IN 2014
Two other royal descendants made their debut in 2014. Princess Amalia of Luxemburg was born on June 15. She was born almost exactly nine months after the marriage of her parents Prince Felix and Claire Ladermacher. She is the third grandchild and first granddaughter for The Grand Duke of Luxembourg. In Britain, a minor royal birth occurred on May 27 when Lord Nicholas Windsor's wife, Paola, had their third son at the age of 44. Lord Nicholas is a great-grandson of King George V. He is the youngest son of The Queen's first cousin, The Duke of Kent, but, as a Catholic convert married to a Catholic, he is no longer in the line of succession.
|Prince Nicholas Romanov|
With no major royal weddings in 2014, we did have one minor one when Prince Amadeo of Belgium, grandson of King Albert II married Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Walkenstein on July 5. He is the nephew of Belgium's current King Philippe.