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Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg

As granddaughter to Queen Victoria, the princess was baptized into the Church of England. But she converted to Catholicism to marry King Alfonso of Spain. As her husband embarked on numerous affairs, the now-queen threw herself into helping the sick and poor as well as helping to reorganize the Spanish Red Cross. She was conferred the Golden Rose by Pope Pius XI as a token of the Church's appreciation.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

The wife of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, converted to Catholicism before her wedding in 2011. Raised a Protestant, the princess chose to convert partly due to the question of succession, but as she shared: "The values of this religion profoundly touch me and correspond perfectly to my spirit." She is often seen going to church accompanied by her husband and young twins.

Katharine, Duchess of Kent

The wife of Queen Elizabeth's cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, shocked many when she chose to convert to Catholicism for reasons of personal faith. With the Queen's approval, she converted in 1994 and over the years, with her love of music, has been a member of various choirs.

Lord Nicholas Windsor

The Duchess of Kent's third child, Nicholas, decided to convert to Catholicism in 2001 at age 31 after hearing Pope John Paul II on EWTN. Baptized in the Church of England, he was the first royal male to convert in four centuries, and in doing so he gave up his right to succession to the British throne. He is an active charity worker, being appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life among other pro-life institutes.

Princess Alexandra of Hanover

The daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Georg of Hanover became the most recent royal to convert this year. Baptized a Lutheran, the descendant of Queen Victoria -- and granddaughter of Grace Kelly on her mother's side -- lost her place in the British line of succession. The teen's conversion illustrated the continued "injustice in British law" for Catholic royals.

Charles II

In 1685, the head of the Church of England decided to convert on his deathbed. The reasons are unclear but it is possible that he'd been too afraid to rouse anti-Catholic sentiment in the country during his reign. After his death, he was succeeded by his brother, James II, another Catholic convert who was the last Catholic to ever reign over the United Kingdom.

Queen Christina of Sweden

At the tender age of 6, the Swedish Lutheran princess came to the throne. She had no desire to marry and relinquished her crown at the age of 24 to convert to Catholicism and live in Rome. She is buried in the Vatican grotto.
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