Regal body art

Who says tiaras and tattoos don't belong on the same person? Find out which of Europe's royals have been inked


Tattoos aren't what first spring (1) to mind when we think of  royals, and those who do have body art tend to keep it covered up.  But occasionally we catch a glimpse…

Lady Amelia Windsor, the granddaughter of the Queen's cousin the Duke of Kent, has made a career in modelling.  Away from the catwalk,  she isn’t shy (2) of expressing her personal style. Amelia showed off a design that looks like leaves on her rib-cage while attending a glitzy summer party at London's Serpentine Gallery. She also has a tiger on her left shoulder blade.

Another of the fashion set, Monaco's Charlotte Casiraghi, once arrived at a Gucci event wearing a crop top which revealed the star tattoo on her stomach. 

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Meanwhile (3) over in Scandinavia they have their share of inkings too. The heir to the Danish throne, Prince Frederik , will one day be a tattooed King, but that's not unusual in his family. His grandfather, King Frederik IX, who reigned from 1947 until 1972, had tattoos of dragons and birds. Why? Because, just like Prince Frederik, who has a shark on his calf and a tattoo of his nickname, ‘pingu’, on his arm,  he proudly upheld the tradition of the Danish Navy, in which both served.  

Before marrying Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Princess Sofia worked as a glamour model and reality television star. We don't often see her body art these days, but at her wedding, a sun was visible on her back and on holiday she has revealed a large tattoo of a butterfly on her torso. 

Even those  who are unlikely to go for (4) permanent art work have been happy to experiment a little. While on tour in Zanzibar with Prince Charles in 2011, the Duchess of Cornwall visited a henna tattooist and had a creation painted on her hand. 

In 2018, while seven months  pregnant with Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge also received a small henna tattoo while marking the opening of a new artist’s residence in the north of England. 

A year after Kate did it, during her own pregnancy with son Archie, Meghan was given a henna tattoo on a visit to Morocco. The artist, teenager Samira, painted a flower on Meghan's right hand, explaining: "It is a traditional practice for pregnant women in Morocco. It is to bring luck (5) for the baby."

1. Spring = Jump.
2. Shy = Timid, self-conscious.
3. Meanwhile = At the same time.
4. To go for = To decide on.
5. Luck = Good fortune.

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