Royal Babies Galore
NEW YORK (MainStreet)--Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal baby boy was born on Monday, July 22, 2013, and today Kensington Palace released his name to the public: George Alexander Louis. The little prince will be called "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge," and is third in line for the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles and Father Prince William, bumping Prince Harry down to fourth on the succession chain. News of his birth was released on Monday first via email and Twitter, and then was followed by a traditional royal proclamation. A document was signed by the medical team revealing the sex of the baby (a boy!) and was taken to Buckingham Palace and placed on an easel inside the gates for the public to see.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is estimated to have a net worth of $1 million, but the collective net worth of the Middleton family is estimated at $50 million. Prince William's net worth is estimated to be upwards of $19 million made up of land, investments and inheritance, while Queen Elizabeth II is believed to be worth around $500 million. Collectively, the British royal family is believed to have a net worth upwards of $1 billion.
But the House of Windsor isn't the only royal bunch procreating in Europe. Here's a glance at 11 others, who join the new baby Windsor as the most privileged royal babies born in Europe over the last few years.
Norway-- Princess Ingrid Alexandra
Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway was born on January 21, 2004 to the Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. HRH is second in line for the Norwegian throne after her father. The Norwegian monarchy dates back more than 1,000 years and has had more than 60 named sovereigns. The current king belongs to the House of Glucksburg, which has ruled Norway since 1905. The Royal Princess has already carried out several official engagements, including joining members of the royal family on the balcony of the Palace to greet the annual children's parade on May 17, Norwegian Constitution Day, and attending the traditional ski jumping tournament in Oslo. Both Ingrid Alexandra and her younger brother are also in the line of succession for the British throne.
The current King of Norway, Harald V, grandfather of Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus, was believed to have a net worth of $17.3 million in April of 2010.
Norway-- Prince Sverre Magnus
Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway was born on December 3, 2005 to the Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. He is Princess Ingrid Alexandra's younger brother. His Highness is third in line for the Norwegian throne, after his father and older sister.
Belgium-- Prince Emmanuel
His Royal Highness Prince Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie, of Belgium, was born on October 4, 2005. Prince Emmanuel is the son of His Royal Highness the Duke of Brabant and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Brabant. He is fourth in line to the Belgian throne behind his father and two older siblings. Belgium was recognized as an independent country in 1830, and the monarchy was established in 1831. Leopold I, prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, took the constitutional oath on July 21, 1831 to become the first King of the Belgians.
A spokesman for the Belgian royal family said in 2007 that King Albert II had just 12 million euros and property in the south of France. That said, writer Thierry Debels published a book insisting that the king also has assets worth 1 billion euros and other assets his royal ancestors hid in the former Belgian Congo.
Belgium-- Princess Eléonore
Her Royal Highness Princess Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie of Belgium was born on April 16, 2008 to His Royal Highness the Duke of Brabant and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Brabant. Princess Eléonore is fifth in line for the Belgian throne, behind her father, older brothers (including Prince Emmanuel) and older sister.
Spain-- Infanta Leonor
Her Royal Highness Infanta Leonor of Spain was born on October 31, 2005, to Prince Filipe and Princess Letizia. Her Royal Highness is second in line to the throne after her father, unless she has any brothers in the future, who will then supersede her. The Spanish royal family belongs to the House of Borbon. "Infanta" means "infant" in Portuguese and is the title and rank given to all children of a monarch and grandchildren of the male line of the monarch of Spain.
As of 2011, the Spanish royal family was thought to have a combined net worth of over $1.7 billion.
Spain-- Infanta Sofía
Infanta Sofía of Spain was born on April 29, 2007 to Prince Filipe and Princess Letizia. She is the younger sister of Infanta Leonor. Infanta Sofia is third in line for the throne after her father and older sister, unless she has in brothers in the future, in which case they would move ahead of her in the line of succession.
Denmark-- Prince Henrik
His Highness Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, was born on May 4, 2009. He is the son of The Royal Highness Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, and is ninth in the line of succession for the throne. The Danish Monarchy can be traced back to Gorm the Old in 958. It was originally elective, but the choice was normally the eldest son of a reigning monarch. The succession was based on the practice of male primogeniture, which was revoked on March 27, 1953 with the Act of Succession, allowing for the possibility of a female monarch.
All together, the Danish royal family is believed to be worth $3 billion, including land and holdings.
Denmark-- Princess Athena
Her Royal Highness Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie, Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, was born on January 24, 2012. She is the daughter of The Royal Highness Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. She is Prince Henrik's younger sister. The Princess is tenth in the line of succession to the Danish throne.
Denmark-- Prince Vincent
His Royal Highness Prince Vincent Frederik Minik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, was born on January 8, 2011. He is the son of The Royal Highness the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess. Prince Vincent is fourth in line to the Danish throne, behind his father, older brother Prince Christian and older sister, Princess Isabella. He is first cousins with Prince Henrik, who is ninth in line for the throne.
Denmark-- Princess Josephine
Her Royal Highness Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda, Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, was born on January 8, 2011. She is Prince Vincent's twin sister. The Princess is fifth in line for the Danish throne, after her father and older siblings, including slightly elder twin brother Vincent.
Sweden-- Princess Estelle
Her Royal Highness Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland, was born on February 23, 2012. She is the first child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Princess Estelle is second in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. She is one of five European princesses who are second in line to the throne and expected to become monarchs, including Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and Infanta Leonor of Spain.
The current King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, was believed to be worth $42 million in February of 2011. His daughter and Princess Estelle's aunt, Madeleine, was No. 1 on the list of the top 10 highest paid princesses between June 2012 and June 2013, netting roughly $82 million over the year. That's more than $50 million ahead of her nearest competitor.