Inspiration June 25, 2018
Heart of gold with a crown of gold.
Ever wonder what life is like for a princess? Sure there’s the unimaginable wealth, class, beauty and glamour that goes along with being a royal. However, these royal women show that it’s not just about beauty on the outside. Some royals use their power and privilege to make a difference in the world and there’s more of them than you think.
Here are just 15 royal women who work to change the lives of others.
Queen Rania of Jordan is a global advocate for education, children, sustainability and of course, the country of Jordan. She partnered with the United Nations as an honorary chair of the U.N. Girl’s Education Initiative (UNGEI), as an Eminent Advocate for UNICEF and as a part of the U.N.-appointed panel on Sustainable Development Goals. Some of her local initiatives include working to improve the public education system, child safety, community empowerment and overall health.
Currently being the world’s youngest queen (she married into the monarchy at 21) doesn’t mean you can’t start making some changes. Queen Jetsun Pema is an advocate for environmental and health issues. She’s a patron of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature and is the U.N.’s Environment Programme (UNEP) ozone ambassador. She works with organizations like Ability Bhutan Society that help children with special needs and is President of the Bhutan Red Cross Society.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is known for her public service and humanitarian efforts — so much so that she’s known to the Thai people as “Phra Thep” or “Princess Angel.” She’s an accomplished professor and general, but she’s used her position to help extend education to children in remote areas and to assist handicapped people. Unlike many other royals, she participates closely with and consistently monitors the progress of her programs. She truly is Princess Angel.
Queen Silvia is known for her work in children’s issues and health. Partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO), she founded Mentor International , an NGO focused on drug abuse prevention and health education for youth. Queen Silvia is also co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation, which aims to help “the most marginalized children,” focusing on girls, sexually-abused children and orphans.
Princess Ameera is a well-known philanthropist and women’s rights activist. She is vice chairperson of the Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation (Alwaleed Philanthropies) which funds and initiates educational and philanthropic projects to empower women, youth and communities. It also provides disaster relief and education. She’s also helped to give young people economic opportunities as a launcher of Silatech, a non-profit which seeks to improve the lives of Arab people.
In 2011, she spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative, encouraging that “people take their voices to the streets when they are not heard by their governments.”
Princess Haya is not only a recognized equestrian but she’s well-known for her humanitarian accomplishments. The princess was awarded the United Nations 2015 Hunger Hero Award due to her work as a humanitarian philanthropist. As chairperson of the International Humanitarian City (IHC), she oversaw aid distribution and created Tikiyet Um Ali (TUA), an NGO that provides food assistance to “every Jordanian family that cannot afford to pay for food.”
Sheikha Moza is known for her education and social reform efforts in Qatar. She co-founded the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and acts as chairperson of Silatech, the Arab Democracy Foundation and president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. She also works to provide world-class healthcare. She doesn’t just support other organizations but creates her own. Her vision for international health materialized through the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), which works to solve global health problems.
She was part of Princeton University’s first coeducational freshman class, but her work continues to impress. Queen Noor’s work in philanthropy and international environmental issues made her the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award in 2015. Her work focuses on “areas of education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights and intercultural understanding” through various organizations and as an advocate for Arab-Israeli peace.
Known to the world as “Princess Kate,” Middleton has become a champion of children, art, mental health and addiction issues. She is a patron and volunteer for multiple organization, but she also recently launched Mentally Healthy Schools to provide schools access to mental health resources. She even shared her own experiences, noting she at times lacked confidence.
Princess Senate is a driving force in the campaign to end child marriage and she’s only 17. During her inauguration as a national champion to end child marriages this past April, the Princess urged parents to “take a child to school, keep them in school and end child marriage.” In her speech, she stressed the need for children to get an education and develop as well as the responsibilities of community leaders and legislatures to ensure that children’s rights are protected.
She one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2018 and her wedding to Prince Harry was the talk of the town. However, actress Meghan Markle is so much more than that. Her passion for philanthropy began long before she gained royal status. When she was a university student, Markle interned at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. She’s an ambassador for World Vision’s Clean Water Campaign, a campaign that builds wells in communities so that young girls can attend school (instead of walking all day for water). Markle is a “proud” feminist and is a U.N. women’s advocate.
Princess Sabeeka uses her influence to encourage women’s rights and political participation as president of the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain. She’s also worked with the U.N. on helping out children across the world.
Not only is Princess Mangkubumi involved with business organizations in her local Yogyakarta, but she’s heavily involved with social activism, domestic economy and wildlife conservation efforts internationally. She’s an advocate for gender quality and works to empower disenfranchised women in remote villages. For her work, Princess Mangkubumi was awarded the “Wanita Tak Terpatahkan,” honor or “Unbreakable Woman.”
Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been a longtime activist for HIV and AIDS issues, raising awareness about the stigma and supporting young people affected by the disease. She’s worked with UNAIDS (The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS) to spread awareness, even launching “If I kept it myself,” a collection of stories about women living with HIV.
She began as an accomplished South African Olympic swimmer, but now Princess Charlene is a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, advocating “the power of sport to make incredible changes in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities while transforming attitudes around the world.”
The women on this list show that helping others doesn’t just extend to the people you represent. They use their positions and titles to do good work with the U.N. and to spread awareness about various issues across the globe. It’s no wonder that a lot of these women will go down in history.
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