Prince Felipe, Prince of Asturias, turns 35 on Thursday, having fulfilled almost all the hopes and dreams that his birth in Madrid in 1968 kindled in his parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, his two older sisters, the Infantas Cristina and Elena, and Spaniards everywhere. The 6-foot-4-inch bachelor graduated as a pilot from the Spanish Air Force Academy, studied abroad in America and Brussels, earning a master’s degree in international relations, speaks fluent French and English, and even competed on his country’s sailing team in the 1992 Olympics. Is he well-rounded or what?
He now has his own residence with 11 bedrooms and nine bathrooms near his parents’ Carcuela Palace in Madrid and is considered to be the most eligible royal in Europe since Prince William and Prince Harry are really not ready to choose brides.
Felipe’s love life has been complicated by the fact that one day he will be King of Spain. Two years ago, he announced he was ending his longtime romance with beautiful Norwegian fashion model Eva Sannum, called "one of the 10 sexiest women in Norway," to the delight of many Spaniards, who were unhappy at the idea of a former underwear model becoming their queen. But Felipe had a lot of trouble trying to get Eva out of his mind. After the split was announced, she moved back to Oslo and got a job in an advertising agency, but the two continued to meet secretly far from the plains of Spain, in Tunisia, Copenhagen and London. Friends say Felipe would like to marry Eva, and right now, he is having his cake, though the big question remains: Will he get to have her as his princess and queen? Feliz cumpleaños!
Princess Michael of Kent will hit town just in time for the American Friends of Sadler’s Wells Gala Benefit at City Center on March 5. You all remember Princess Michael. Married to Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin, Prince Michael, she is the patron of the American Friends of Sadler’s Wells, so you just know she’ll show up in person. She became a royal highness by marriage, of course, but if you want to be picky about it, she, herself, born in Bohemia, descends from ancient European aristocratic houses on both sides of her family, so there. Her picture on the invitation shows the princess in regalia — tiara, eye-popping necklace and all — but, sob, although she is known for her glamorous getups, she won’t be wearing them on March 5. The evening calls for business attire.