11 Stories of Real-Life Cinderellas Who Married Into Royalty
Growing up watching Disney movies and listening to magical fairy tales, every girl dreams of marrying a prince. In the past, royals were forbidden to marry “commoners.” For example, King Edward VIII had to abdicate his right to the throne to marry the love of his life. But the times have changed and now any girl has the chance to become a princess.
Bright Side decided to share 11 heartwarming love stories of commoners who married into the royal family.
Jetsun Pema, Queen of Bhutan
When Jetsun Pema, daughter of a commercial airline pilot, met her future husband, 17-year-old Crown Prince of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, she was only 7 years old. The little girl liked the Prince so much that she childishly asked him to marry her. Jetsun’s pureness and innocence warmed Prince’s heart and in 2011, 14 years later, the now King Khesar married the love of his life, Jetsun Pema. She became the youngest Queen consort in the world.
Tatiana Blatnik, Princess of Greece and Denmark
Tatiana Blatnik was born in Caracas, Venezuela in a family of Slovenian and German origin. Before marrying into the royal family, she lived in London and worked as an event planner and publicity consultant. In 2003, Tatiana met Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark and they got married 7 years later.
It’s worth mentioning that the monarchy in Greece was officially abolished in 1974. The royal family had fled the country 7 years earlier. Prince Nikolaos and his family moved back to Greece only in 2013 and, now they live a “common” life.
Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
It’s safe to say that the love story of American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco is the most famous royal love story of all time. Grace first met Rainier on May 6, 1955, while she was visiting the Cannes Film Festival. A few months later, Prince Rainier visited the United States, where he met Grace and her family. He proposed after 3 days and they got married in April of 1956.
Farah Pahlavi, Shahbanu (Empress) of Iran
Farah Pahlavi came from an upper-class family of the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces officer. She continued her studies at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. During official visits to foreign countries, Shah Mohammed Reza usually met Iranian students who were studying abroad. This is exactly how he met his future wife Farah Diba in 1959 at the Iranian Embassy in Paris.
In the summer of 1959, Farah returned to Tehran, and with the assistance of the Shah’s daughter, Princess Shahnaz, she started seeing Mohammed Reza. The couple married on December 20, 1959. Farah was the Empress of Iran until the Islamic revolution of 1979. After the revolution, the royal family fled to Egypt.
Michiko Shoda, Empress of Japan
Michiko Shoda comes from a wealthy family and she received a very good education. In 1957, she met Crown Prince Akihito on a tennis court. Their love story was presented by the media at that time as a real fairy tale. Despite the fact that Michiko’s family was relatively rich, Prince’s Akihito mother, Empress Kojun, was against the marriage.
However, in 1959, the couple finally married. Michiko Shoda became the first “commoner” to marry a member of the Japanese Imperial Family.
Silvia Sommerlath, Queen of Sweden
Silvia Sommerlath was born in a German-Brazilian family in Heidelberg, Germany. She met Crown Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the Summer Olympics in 1972. Later in an interview, Carl Gustaf told the journalists that it was love at first sight. Carl XVI Gustaf became the King in 1973.
In 1976, Silvia and the King of Sweden got married. The day before the royal wedding, ABBA performed the song “Dancing Queen” for the very first time as a tribute to the future Queen Silvia.
Mabel Wisse Smit, Princess of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)
Mabel Wisse Smit grew up in an ordinary family in Het Gooi, Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam and completed numerous internships at the UN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and more. Prince Johan’s sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien, was also Mabel’s close friend, and she introduced the future husband and wife to each other at a party in 2000. The couple announced their engagement in 2003.
After the engagement, the Prime Minister of Netherlands denied permission for this royal marriage due to Mabel’s close friendship with a major Dutch drug lord Klaas Bruinsma. In 2004, Prince Johan Friso married his beloved woman anyway and lost his right to become a king.
Masako Owada, Crown Princess of Japan
Masako Owada’s father was a senior diplomat and former president of the International Court of Justice, which is why her family traveled a lot. Masako met the Crown Prince of Japan Naruhiro for the first time at a tea gathering for Infanta Elena, the Duchess of Lugo in 1986. The Crown Prince fell for the young lady from the first sight and they went on several dates in 1986.
Although there was some controversy about Masako’s maternal grandfather, Naruhito remained very interested in her. When the Crown Prince proposed, Masako refused him, because she couldn’t give up on her promising career. She finally accepted Naruhito’s third proposal and they got married in 1993.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
The love story of American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is the most recent romance between a “commoner” and a member of the royal family. The couple met on a blind date that was set up by their mutual friend. Soon after that, they traveled together to Botswana where they realized that their relationship was getting serious. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.
Wallis Warfield, Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Warfield was an American socialite from Baltimore, Maryland. In 1931, when she met Edward, the Prince of Wales, she was actually married to Ernest Simpson and that was her second marriage. In January 1936, when Edward became the King of the United Kingdom, his desire to marry a twice-divorced woman caused a constitutional crisis.
In December 1936, after his abdication King Edward became the Duke of Windsor. He married Wallis six months after that.
Sofia Hellqvist, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Värmland
Before marrying into the Swedish royal family, Sofia Hellqvist was a glamour model, a reality show contestant, and a yoga instructor. Sofia met Carl Philip, the Prince of Sweden, during a lunch with their mutual friends. The couple told the journalists that it was love at first sight. Sofia and Prince Carl Philip got married on June 13, 2015.
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