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.
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.