After independence from Sweden was granted in 1905, Norway asked Prince Carl, the second son of then Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, to take the throne - which he did under the name of Haakon VII on the 27th November the same year.

Yes, there are Russian ladies who have never been online and Chinese girls whose family raised her to honor and always obey her husband.

However, today those foreign girls still probably know who Brad Pitt is and have some idea of current fashion and even more important know that women in the US and the European Union lead vastly different lives than they live.

Expenses such as personal allowances for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are thought to be in the region of £5.4m a year, while the cost of official visits and overseas tours is estimated to be around £20m.

The palace was inhabited by the royal family until 1931 and the rise of General Franco.

Remember, foreign girls are signing up with Global dating agencies, because they are not happy with their marriage prospects in their home country, not simply to make you happy.

In fact, the whole concept of the submissive mail order bride is simplistic and poorly thought out and it is a trap that can ruin your relationship before it ever starts.

There are cultural differences between say Eastern European lady and an Asian woman, but you should avoid falling into the trap of stereotyping foreign brides, because this can fatally poison your relationship before it ever starts.

The foreign women who sign up for international dating agencies are individuals and you should never forget that fact.

In total, the Swedish royal family, which also includes Crown Princess Victoria, 37, her husband (and former personal trainer) Daniel Westling and their two-year-old daughter Estelle, have the use of 11 palaces dotted around Sweden.

Other members of the family, among them the glamorous Princess Madeleine and her brother Prince Carl Philip, also have the use of a villa in France and a ski chalet in the resort of Jämtland on the Sweden-Norway border. His twin sister Gabriella Thérèse Marie, Countess of Carladès, will also get a share - as will Albert's illegitimate children, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Alexandre Coste.

One of the main attractions of international marriage for many men is the undeniable attraction of marrying a younger woman.