Is a royal engagement on the horizon?
On Aug. 7, Woman's Day reported that in June, 17-year-old Prince Christian of Denmark — who's second in the line to the Danish throne — introduced his rumored girlfriend, 18-year-old Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, to his grandmother, Queen Margrethe.
Find out why royal watchers are especially excited about this introduction…
According to Woman's Day, Denmark's future king, Prince Christian, introduced his rumored girlfriend, Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies — who goes by her middle name — to his grandmother, Denmark's Queen Margrethe (pictured), in June. The introduction indicates that things between the pair — who are close family friends and have known each other since they were children (her father is his little sister's godfather) — are growing serious.
Keep reading for more on how the meeting went…
Prince Christian of Denmark's rumored girlfriend, Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, "was presented to Queen Margrethe over the summer and they all took tea together. Christian knew they'd hit it off and was thrilled that she invited them to tea. It's an informal stamp of approval for Chiara because Margrethe doesn't take tea with just anyone," a source told Woman's Day in August.
"However, she does take very seriously her lineage and takes it as her duty to invest time in Christian's happiness and his choice of partner," the source continued, adding that Chiara was "in awe of the queen" and had been "practicing her curtsies for months" before they met. "She did very well and made a good impression on Queen Margrethe. Christian's relieved — and so is his mom, Princess Mary," the source added.
Keep reading for more on what Christian's parents think…
According to a second source, both of Prince Christian's parents — Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary — think Chiara (full name: Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Noto and Capri) is "wonderful" and "brings out the best in their son," though "they're worried about their ages" — Christian is 17 and Chiara is 18 — because "Mary wants them both to experience the world before buckling down to a very serious partnership."
Still, according to a third source, "There's no doubt an engagement announcement is on the horizon and the palace is preparing accordingly." Other insiders reportedly noted that Christian — a future king of Denmark — is "completely smitten" with Chiara, who's told Danish press that she and her rumored beau have "a beautiful friendship" and "a lot of fun together."
Keep reading to learn more about Chiara's background…
Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies is the younger daughter of Prince Charles, Duke of Castro — who's the head of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies, which reigned over the South of Italy for more than 150 years — and wife Princess Camilla.
Chiara — who also holds the title Duchess of Noto and Capri — was born in Rome in 2005 and, along with older sister Princess Maria Carolina, is fluent in six languages. The siblings, who were educated by private tutors, People magazine reported, split their time between Paris, Monte Carlo and Rome.