Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Thani and other contemporary royals rejecting the status quo
Written on 24 December 2020
While most news outlets these days are dominated by reports of the more prominent royal family members internationally, there exists a growing number of contemporary regal relatives who are carving out non-traditional pathways to success. Amongst these modern monarchs are several influential athletes, like Qatari racing royal Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Thani; leading fashion designers, including Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece; and even hilarious comedians, just like Anglo-Turkish Naz Osmanoglu. Despite undertaking unconventional pursuits and vocations, these royals have established an influence beyond that of the crown in their respective fields. Although it is easy to showcase elements of ruling monarchs, these young royals clearly embody a modern-day attitude that demands to be paid attention too.
Since many of these young royals are not in direct succession to their respective thrones, they are able to incorporate certain elements of normalcy into their daily lives. In fact, many can pursue hobbies and vocations that everyday people also share. For example, Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Thani has turned his passion for racing and high-speed risks into a very influential vocation as the president of Qatar’s racing team. Alongside him, royals such as Jeremy Lascelles, the British music executive, and Princess Marie-Chantal have used their hobbies to fuel more creative pursuits and establish culturally significant legacies. These everyday recreations have helped forge a new and contemporary approach to monarchy in current society.
Central to the success of these contemporary royals has been their courage to trade or combine tradition with innovative and novel ways of life. A concept which has genuinely established a more current and relevant thread throughout the tapestry of age-old monarchs. Truly following their zest for life, royals such as Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Thani and Naz Osmanoglu demonstrate a more relatable variety of royals in the public eye. Rather than falling out of touch with the people that they lead, royals that can exhibit such relatability will resonate more soundly with the goals and ambitions of their nation’s people. Princess Marie-Chantal, for instance, represents a common struggle to have business and creative ambitions recognised with her clothing brand for children. It is through undergoing these ordinary experiences that today’s monarchy can become more relevant.
Thanks to these kinds of royals, we can see a shift in the fabric of the rigidity of traditional regal duties and attitudes. Truthfully, it is through Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Thani, Naz Osmanoglu, and Jeremy Lascelles that our notions of monarchy can be redefined. We can now immerse ourselves in the compelling narratives of monarchs that reflect our own lives and interests. So, make it a point to indulge in these fresh, regal, and eye-opening perspectives to gain a greater insight into the relevance of a diverse 21st century monarchy.
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