Yes, that’s a mouthful of a title, but if I were to ask you to name an American princess–i.e. an American born woman who married into royalty, how many could you name? One? Two? Three? On average, it seems most can come up with three for sure and one or two can name four. Would it surprise you to know the number of Americans who’ve married into royalty is actually in the double-digits?
Our love affair with all things royal is well-rooted in American culture despite our rejection of wanting a monarchy to call our own (and no, celebutantes do not count as the American Monarchy). Unfortunately, not all of these royal stories have happy endings.
You cannot discuss Americans and royalty in the same breath without conjuring the image of Grace Kelly, the American actress who met a Prince while filming in Monaco and went on to marry him in a marriage that sent royal fever sweeping through the U.S. Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, married Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony) on April 18, 1956 in the Palace Throne Room in Monaco and (religious ceremony) on April 19, 1956 at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco. I remember watching the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer with my grandmother and her pointing out Grace Kelly among the attendants.
Other Notable American/Royal Love Matches
Caroline Lee Bouvier Canfield (Jacqueline Kennedy’s sister), born in Southampton, New York, married Prince Stanislas Radziwill of Poland on March 19, 1959 in Fairfax, Virginia. She was his third wife and though they divorced in 1974, it’s interesting American trivia to realize that the American Camelot and political dynasty of the Kennedys had ties to a royal family.
Julia Mullock, born in Pennsylvania, married Prince Yi Gu of Korea on October 25, 1959 at St George’s Church in New York, New York. Did you even know Korea had a royal family? Though Korea isn’t a monarchy, Yi Gu lived there with his wife and mother for many years and taught at Seoul University. Unfortunately, the couple did not have a happily ever after. His family forced him to divorce her in 1982 because she’d proven sterile, but he never remarried.
Lisa Halaby, born in Washington, DC, married King Hussein I of Jordan on June 15, 1978 in Amman, Jordan. After her conversion, she became known as Queen Noor. After King Hussein I’s death, she became known as the Dowager Queen of Jordan or Queen Noor of Jordan.
Julie Elizabeth Huston Ongaro, born in Louisville, Kentucky, married Prince Robert of Luxembourg on January 29, 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sarah Butler, born in Houston, Texas, married Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad of Jordan on July 5, 2000 in Amman, Jordan.
And let’s add one American “prince” to the list: Christopher O’Neill, who holds dual citizenship from the United States and the United Kingdom, married Princess Madeleine of Sweden on June 8, 2013 at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.
So which ones did you know?