YOUNG & ROYAL

We love our erst­while rulers as much as we love Bol­ly­wood and cricket. So who are the NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION to know? Bazaar meets the new princess and princes.

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR - By Am­bika Muttoo

We’ve all grown up on sto­ries of ra­jas, ma­hara­jas, and their beau­ti­ful begums and ra­nis in I ndia. The next gen­er­a­tion, In­dia’s new crop of young roy­als, has much to live up to, and they do so with élan. Bear­ing the his­tory of their lin­eages grace­fully on their shoul­ders, these young men and women bal­ance their prin­ci­pal­ity’s con­sci­en­tious­ness with their per­sonal in­ter­ests. They do so with a grand sense of in­de­pen­dence, whether it’s travel, pol­i­tics, pho­tog­ra­phy, or fash­ion. They have life, and all it has to of­fer, cov­ered.

In­ter­est in the lives of young roy­als shouldn’t come as a sur­prise. Bri­tain’s Baby Ge­orge didn’t start a com­mo­tion—he ar­rived right at the crest of one. His mother, Duchess Kate, turned into an icon the sec­ond she glided down the aisle in that gor­geous Sarah Bur­ton forAlexan­derMcQueen­bri­dal­gown.Her­sis­ter,Pippa,al­sostepped out to the world on that day, but it’s her con­nec­tion to her ti­tled sis­ter’s hus­band, Prince Wil­liam, and his brother Prince Harry, which made her an in­stant star, not her dress. The three of them, along with their now­fa­mous cousins, Zara, Beatrice, and Eu­ge­nie, are the UK’s re­gal rock­stars. But roy­als aren’t just Eng­land’s pride. Swe­den’s Crown Princess Vic­to­ria’s wed­ding was the in­vi­ta­tion of the year. It’s a well­known fact that her brother, Prince Carl Philip, looks dev­as­tat­ing in a suit. Monaco’s An­drea Casiraghi’s brood­ing good looks make him a cham­pion in the ro­mance depart­ment, and his sis­ter, Char­lotte, is con­sid­ered a throw­back of their grand­mother, Grace Kelly. Princess Siri­van­navari Nari­ratana of Thai­land is a fierce fash­ion maven who has her own la­bel and is of­ten spot­ted in front rows at shows, wear­ing brands like Bal­main and Elie Saab. This is a clan that sell out dresses by be­ing pho­tographed in them, who go to trendy clubs (in Eng­land, Mahiki), who favour trop­i­cal is­lands for get­aways, and clearly merge their royal du­ties with a life that’s quite near nor­mal. Body­guards not­with­stand­ing.

is the daugh­ter of Nawabzada Saad Bin Jung and Begum Sangeeta Jung and be­longs to the Paigahs of Hy­der­abad, as well as the royal fam­i­lies of Bhopal and Pataudi (her grand­mother was the princess of Bhopal, and the wife of the se­nior Nawab of Pataudi, Iftikhar Ali Khan). The younger sis­ter of Shaaz Jung (pg 162), Zoha, like her brother, at­tended the Utrecht Univer­sity School of Eco­nomics in the Nether­lands. She con­tin­ued on to Monaco, to study busi­ness and lux­ury brand man­age­ment. Back in Ben­galuru briefly, she says, “I’m cur­rently work­ing with my father and brother, and am the mar­ket­ing direc­tor of The Bi­son Re­sort [in Kar­nataka], which they own, and try to go there of­ten.” Zoha shares her fam­ily’s pas­sion for the wilder­ness and wants to work in Africa in the fu­ture.

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