01/6Royal love stories
One of the most eligible bachelors of Asia, Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei (32) recently got married to Anisha Rosnah Isa-Kalebic (29), who is a commoner, in part-traditional and part-grand 10-day royal wedding. While Prince Abdul Mateen is the founder of Jab Boxing Gym, Anisha Rosnah is said to run a fashion brand named Silk Collective and co-own a tourism company named Authentirary. As per reports, Prince Abdul Mateen and Anisha Rosnah are childhood friends and they dated each other for several years before getting married in January 2024.
The pictures from their fairy-tale wedding were viral on social media and were they were the talk of the town recently. Their wedding reminded people of some of the memorable royal love stories in the past. From Jaipur’s Maharani Gayatri Devi and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II to England’s King Charles III and Camilla, here we list down some memorable love stories from royal families that are etched in people’s memories even today. Read on to know more:
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02/6Maharani Gayatri Devi and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II
Maharani Gayatri Devi, who was the Princess of Cooch Behar before getting married into the royal family of Jaipur, was just 12 years old when she first met and fell in love with Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The rest, as they say, is history. Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, who was fondly called Jai, was 21 years old when he met Gayatri Devi. It is noted that Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II was already married twice when he met Gayatri Devi at a polo match in 1931. The duo soon fell in love and secretly dated each other for six years. It was on May 9, 1940, when the couple got married in a grand ceremony, much against Gayatri Devi’s mother’s wishes. While Maharani Gayatri Devi was Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II’s third wife, she is still remembered as one of the most popular Maharanis of the Jaipur royal family even today.
03/6Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
England’s Queen Elizabeth II was just 13 years old when she was first introduced to 18-year-old British Navy cadet, Philip. Over the next few months, young Elizabeth and Philip stayed in touch through letters during the war period. Once Philip was back after the war in 1946, their love blossomed. While many thought of Philip to be too un-English, Elizabeth stood her ground for him. And so, a formal announcement about them was made in July 1947. This was followed by Philip changing his last name from the German-sounding Battenberg to a more English-sounding Mountbatten, and renouncing his right to Danish and Greek thrones. Finally, on November 20, 1947, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip got married at Westminster Abbey in London, and the ceremony was attended by 2,500 guests. Over the years, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II and she became the longest-serving British Monarchy with over 70 years of service. In their personal life, the couple had four children together.
On the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary on November 20, 1997, Queen Elizabeth II lovingly thanked her husband, Prince Philip for being her pillar of strength. “He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments, but he has, quiet simply, been my strength and stay all these years. I, and his whole family and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know,” the Queen had said.
It was on April 9, 2021, when Prince Philip died at the age of 99, and over a year later Queen Elizabeth II too passed away on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96. Theirs was a marriage of love, respect, and deep understanding that withstood all the ups and downs of life.
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04/6King Charles III and Camilla
The present British Monarch and the first-born child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, King Charles III has had a turbulent personal life. King Charles III, earlier known as Prince Charles, first met Camilla Shand at a polo match in 1970 and they started dating. However, as per reports, they broke up when Charles went off to sea and Camilla subsequently married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. Years later, Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, later known as Princess of Wales, in 1981. While Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s was one of the most expensive weddings in the world it didn’t last for long. Roughly after 15 years of marriage, two kids, and both partners cheating on each other– Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s divorce was finalised in August 1996. A year later, Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident.
All this while, Prince Charles had gotten back to Camilla– his one true love. The couple finally got married on April 9, 2005, in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. This was 35 years after Prince Charles first met Camilla in 1970! Today, Prince Charles has ascended the throne and he is the King of England. Meanwhile, Camilla’s official title is the Queen Consort of the United Kingdom.
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05/6Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
He belonged to a royal family in India and was one of the youngest captains of the Indian cricket team, she was one of the leading and glamorous actresses in the country at that time. And theirs was truly a match made in heaven! We are talking about Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, fondly called Tiger Pataudi, and veteran Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore. The duo first met at a mutual friend’s after-match party in 1965, and the rest is history. While they both didn’t know much about each other’s field of work, that didn’t stop them from falling in love with each other. Three years later, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore had a grand royal wedding on 27 December 1968– which was one of the most talked-about marriages of their time.
While Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is no more with us today, Sharmila Tagore is much active in the social circles. Together they have three children– Saif Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan, and Soha Ali Khan.
06/6Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly
It was in 1955 when the sovereign of Monaco, Prince Rainier III first met one of the leading American actresses Grace Kelly at the French Rivera. And the duo soon fell head over heels in love with each other. So much so that a year later, the couple got married at The Palace Throne Room on April 18, 1956. After her marriage to the royal family, Grace Kelly quit acting and focused on her family life. The much-loved royal couple had three children together: Princess Stéphanie, Princess Caroline, and Prince Albert ll of Monaco. But, destiny had other plans for Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly’s happy life together. In 1982, Grace Kelly suffered a stroke while driving a car which led to her tragic accident and subsequent death. Grace Kelly was 52.
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