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The Court of the Capital: which international royals and aristocrats call London home?


Princess Maria Olympia of Greece: one of London’s most glamorous residents

Dave Benett

There was a time when the mirrored halls of Versailles were the centre of the European royal court, or perhaps the Hofburg; the long, curled trails of Empress Sissi’s hair drifting through the corridors and grand salons. Now, it seems, London has taken the top spot as the number one international hub for modern day royals and nobles from across the globe.

Just recently, it was announced that the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Coimbra, who married in October in Portugal’s first royal wedding in over 25 years, will be making the move to the capital. Infanta Maria Francisca, Duchess of Coimbra, is the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Braganza. Her father, Dom Duarte Pio, is the heir to the now defunct Portuguese throne, following the founding of the Portuguese Republic in the revolution of 1910. In 1952, Duarte Pio’s father, Duarte Nuno, was the first Portuguese royal to move back to the country following the revolution and exile of the monarchy and today, the family enjoys a somewhat semi-official role in Portuguese society.



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