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7 Royals Who Gave Up Their Titles For Love

Prince Philip, Princess Mako of Japan and more
By Sarah Walker, Hello!
7 Royals Who Gave Up Their Titles For Love

Photo, Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What would you give up to be with the love of your life? In the case of these seven royals – from Prince Philip to Princess Mako of Japan – it's just about everything. From Japan to Denmark, princes and princesses have forgone their claims to the throne because of a beloved – and many have never looked back. In honour of Valentine’s Day, we look at royals who threw it all away for love.

Click through to find out which royals gave up a title for their beloved.

Royals Who Gave Up Their Titles For Love

Prince Philip

Though Prince Philip is part of the British Royal Family, he actually had to renounce his claim to not one but two thrones when he wed Queen Elizabeth II. (He was a prince in both Greece and Denmark.)

Royals who gave up titles for love: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding.Photo, Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Princess Mako

Princess Mako of Japan is one of the more recent royals to renounce their title for love. Back in 2017, she declined her right to the throne in favour of marrying commoner Kei Komuro. The declaration wasn't necessarily her choice, though. Per Japanese royal law, a female royal must renounce her title if her partner lacks an aristocratic title.

Royals who gave up titles for love: Kei Komuro and Princess Mako smile during a press conferencePhoto, Shizuo Kambayashi/AFP/Getty Images
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King Edward VIII

This former royal is perhaps the most famous to abdicate their position for love. After less than a year on the throne, Edward left London to marry Wallis Simpson. "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love," he said in his official announcement.

Royals who gave up titles for love: Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII sit outside togetherPhoto, Central Press/Getty Images

Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand

When this princess wed the man she loved, Peter Ladd Jensen, she was forced to give up her title, even though she is the eldest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. She wasn't able to reclaim her title after the couple divorced in 1998 either. Today she is only referred to as Tunkramom Ying which means "daughter of Queen Regent."

Royals who gave up titles for love: Princess Ubolratana of Thailand poses in black dress by balcony doorPhoto, Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau

When this Dutch royal married Mable Wisse Smit in 2004, he did so without the official blessing of the Dutch Parliament, meaning he abdicated his right to the throne (had his older brother predeceased him). Until his passing in 2013, though, he and his family were still considered members of the royal family, just not the Dutch Royal House.

Royals who gave up titles for love: Prince Johan Friso and Mabel Wisse Smit arrive at the City Hall in wedding attirePhoto, Michel Porro/Getty Images
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King Carol II

This one-time king was forced to abdicate his throne twice: once for love when he was caught having an affair with a French woman in 1925, and then again for political reasons when he was forced into exile in 1940. He eventually wed one of his consorts, Magda Lupescu, in 1947.

Royals who gave up titles for love: Former King Carol II of Romania in suit and his wife Magda Lupescu in sunglasses sit outsideCirca 1950: Former King Carol II of Romania and his wife Magda Lupescu, now the Princess Elena of Romania, living more lavishly than any other Estoril exiles . (Photo by Gordon Parks/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Princess Sayako

Years before Princess Mako of Japan was forced to give up her title, there was this Japanese princess – the only daughter of Emperor Akihito. When she wed a commoner, Yoshiki Kuroda, she left behind the imperial household and all the benefits that went along with it (like receiving an allowance, for example).

Royals who gave up titles for love: Sayako Kuroda and her husband Yoshiki Kuroda enjoy their visit at the park Shinjuku GyoenPhoto, Kaku Kurita/AFP/Getty Images

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