From Prince Nicholas of Denmark to Lady Amelia Windsor, we gathered the main royal heirs who appeared on the podium (and they clearly liked it).
Nicholas, Prince of Denmark; Lady Amelia Windsor; Lady Kitty Spencer
Actors, musicians and society ladies who have become frequent guests on the catwalks over the past few seasons are not news for a long time. However, not only stage and movie stars, but also royal heirs are trying to leave their mark on the history of fashion, and their careers often develop faster than those of their show business colleagues.
This trend is quite natural: monarchs have long had a huge impact on the industry with one choice of designer, noticeably increasing sales, and the outfits in which members of the court appear at official events are now hunted no less than for new sneaker drops and limited collections. What is Meghan Markle’s coat from the Canadian brand Line the Label, in which she appeared on the day of the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry: the cherished thing was sold out in a matter of hours, and the brand’s website soon went down due to a huge flow of buyers wanting to get the thing of the future duchess.
However, there are those among the monarchs who have not only gained fame as a royal trendsetter, but are also seriously thinking about a professional career in fashion and are already actively participating in fashion shows. Our selection includes the most frequent guests of the catwalks and favorites of fashion designers.
Nicholas, Prince of Denmark
Prince of Denmark at the Dior FW 2020-2021 show
Prince of Denmark at the Dior Homme SS 2019 show
Nikolai’s debut was the Burberry autumn show at London Fashion Week, and a few months later he appeared at the Dior Homme Paris show — at that time the prince was 18 years old. The spring-summer show was the first for Kim Jones in the role of creative director of the men’s line, and then the choice of the designer was not accidental: his mother was Danish, and the decision to entrust the opening of the show to the Danish prince was a special tribute to his roots.
In the list of heirs to the Danish throne, the son of Joakim, Count of Montpez, and Alexandra, Countess of Fredensborg, occupies the seventh position, being the eldest grandson of Queen Margareta II of Denmark — not so bad for a huge dynasty. The prince’s parents divorced and now have equal rights, but Nikolai and his younger brother live with their mother — after a new marriage, Alexandra lost the title of princess and became a countess.
Unlike the British Princes William and Harry, the Dane was practically removed from royal duties, so he was able to freely start a career in the modeling business. Count Joakim felt that his son “does not need to be forced into anything.” “Nikolai’s future will depend entirely on his own plan,” he noted.
Nikolai’s first appearance at the Burberry show was accompanied by a heated discussion: firstly, the royal heirs did not appear on the catwalks so often at that time, and secondly, it was only four days after the death of his grandfather, Prince Henrik, and the Danish Royal Court then announced a month of mourning. Despite this, Nikolai’s parents supported their son’s first steps in fashion, and his mother Alexandra noted that the show was being prepared long before the tragic events, and the 18-year-old heir, in turn, fulfilled all obligations to the late Prince Henrik.
Lady Amelia Windsor
Dolce & Gabbana FW 2017-18 Show
Dolce & Gabbana Secret Show SS 2018
The great-great—granddaughter of King George V and the youngest daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews, is not burdened with the burdens of royal duties – she occupies a place in the fourth ten in line to the throne, and therefore can afford much more than her royal peers (see also: Lady Amelia Windsor: the first beauty of the British kingdom).
Behind the shoulders of a young aristocrat is a modeling contract with the Storm agency. She debuted on the catwalk in 2016 during the Dolce& Gabbana Fall 2017 show — then Amelia appeared in a lace mini-dress with embroidery, and on her head was a crown quite in the spirit of the Italian brand (in fact, a lady can try on a tiara only after marriage).
Lady Amelia Windsor in the Dolce&Gabbana FW 2017 campaign
Lady Amelia Windsor in the Dolce&Gabbana FW 2017 campaign
Shortly after the show, Amelia appeared in the autumn-winter advertising shoot of D&G in the Palermo market, and she was accompanied by the Greek Princess Maria Olympia – needless to say, such a duo attracted a lot of attention to the collection of Stefano and Domenico, who are often criticized for monotony and hackneyed. The design duo did not stop there, and in the fall, 22-year-old Lady Amelia and 26-year-old Kitty Spencer, Princess Diana’s niece, participate in a special secret show of the brand.
Lady Kitty Spencer
Kitty Spencer at the Dolce & Gabbana SS 2019 show
Lady at the Dolce & Gabbana Secret & Diamond Show in 2018
Princess Diana’s niece is confidently following in her mother’s footsteps: Kitty is the eldest daughter of Earl Charles Spencer and former model Victoria Aitken. Lady Spencer has already signed a contract with the modeling agency Storm Model Management and fell in love with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who made the aristocrat their new muse. Kitty participated in the autumn-winter show of Dolce & Gabbana 2018, the Christmas presentation at Harrods department store, as well as in two closed shows: the spring-summer 2018 Bar Martini show and “Secrets and Diamonds”, where she appeared in a shining silver floor-length dress.
Kitty Spencer in the Dolce & Gabbana 2021 campaign
Bulgari advertising campaign featuring Lady Kitty Spencer
In addition, Kitty appeared on the cover of Japanese Vogue and twice on the covers of Brazilian Tatler, starred in the spring—summer campaign of D & G 2018, and in the same year became the ambassador of the jewelry house Bulgari in the UK.
Maria Olympia, Princess of Greece and Denmark
Maria-Olympia at the Dolce & Gabbana SS 2018 show
The Princess of Greece and Denmark in the advertising shoot of Dolce & Gabbana FW 2017
On her father’s side, Maria Olympia belongs to two royal families at once – Danish and Greek, therefore she bears two titles. Her grandfather is ex—King Constantine II of Greece, and her grandmother is the sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
The contract with Dolce &Gabbana became fateful for the princess: Italian designers invited her to take part in the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda show in 2017, and a little later – in the men’s line show, where the princess showed a rather uninhibited image for a monarch: a voluminous bomber and a short bustier dress. And already in 2018, 22-year-old Maria-Olympia opened the spring-summer Saks Potts show in Copenhagen.
Fashion for a princess is, without exaggeration, not an empty phrase. Marie-Chantal’s mother is a well—known trendsetter and inspirer of the Valentino brand, and Maria-Olympia herself is a distant relative of designer Diana von Furstenberg (the princess’s cousin is the granddaughter of the founder of the house). In addition, the young heiress had an internship at the fashion house Dior to learn more about the structure of the industry, and in 2015 she entered New York University to study fashion and photography.
His Royal Highness Sawai Padmanab Singh of Jaipur
Padmanab Singh at the spring-summer show of Dolce & Gabbana 2019
Ruler of Jaipur at the Dolce & Gabbana 2019 Show
The unofficial coronation ceremony of the new maharaja — the ruler of Jaipur, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan — took place in 2011, when the young heir Padmanab Singh was 12 years old. Despite the fact that the Indian authorities actually abolished titles in 1971, the Indian people still treat the dynasty with special respect and respect.
Padmanab Singh himself, a model, businessman and polo player, already has a line in the Forbes “30 under 30” Asian list, which presents the most promising young entrepreneurs, and at the age of 20 he also made his debut on the podium — and also at the Dolce & Gabbana 2019 spring-summer show in Milan.
Keisha Omilana, Princess of Nigeria
Keisha Omilana at the Code Purple show in 2012
Keisha Omilana with her husband Kunle Omilana in 2009
Keisha became famous for being the first African-American girl to appear three times in Pantene advertising campaigns. During her modeling career, she met her future husband — Prince Kunle Omilana — and became the happy owner of the title of princess.
The Nigerian heiress has a contract with the Ford Models agency, filming for L’Oreal and Maybelline and participating in the reality show Runway Moms, an American program about the life of models during pregnancy.