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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What destiny awaits for the second generation royals?

Several weeks after Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced her impending abdication, interest sparks on the second generation royals in the European monarchy who are all waiting to take their turn on the throne. Prince Wilhelm-Alexander will be the first of this second generation to ascend, who, at 45 and just 11 years in his marriage, might be the youngest heir to inherit the throne in the 21st century Europe.

The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Guillaume, who just married last year to Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, sees his destiny coming like an approaching train which he might be jumping aboard any time soon, his grandfather, Jean, also abdicated in the past allowing his father, Henri, to become the country's head of state earlier than expected. But other royal houses --- Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Sweden and Spain -- maintain that only death can pave the way for the next ruler to assume power.

Prince Wilhelm-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima 

The Prince of Wales at 64 is the oldest King-in-waiting in British history

The oldest heir-apparent so far is Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales who, at 64, is the oldest King-in-waiting in British history and probably in the present-day Europe. He may still wait for more years and even a decade before he could take the throne because his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is still in her superior health and shows no signs of slowing down, and she might inherit the longevity of her mother who died at the age of 101.

The turn of events in the Netherlands will most likely generate interest and curiosity among royal observers in Europe but far from creating a trend of abdication in other surviving royal houses, so the rest of the second generation royals will have to wait for "dead-man" shoes to fill in the role.

Time is their only enemy, but it will give them enough amount of preparation for the duties they will yield someday. Or they might not ascend at all depends on the political condition of the world and the subjects' perception towards monarchy. 

Other crown heads-in-waiting include Prince Felipe of Spain, Prince Frederick of Denmark, Prince Philippe of Belgium, Prince Haakon of Norway, Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
Prince Felipe and Princess Letezia of Spain
Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Meriet of Norway

Royals are considered extraordinary, their birthright and bloodline guaranteed them with the kind of privilege and grandeur not normally experienced by other individuals, not even the rich and the famous. The romp of pomp and pageantry of ancient royal rituals, the prancing horses and carriages, the sparkling tiaras are spellbinding that people from all walks of life become so captivated with their existence. But they paid a high prize for it since their privacy is at stake leaving them no room to experience what normalcy is all about.

As the modern world redefines the fame and glory and myth of the dynamism of fairytale and traditional royalists are disenchanted with the inclusion of commoners into the royal fold, the charm and prestige of the crown gradually waned and this "waning" atmosphere might change the path of destinies of other future crown-heads. So only fortune tellers could predict whether some of them could really mount the throne someday.  

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