Ten modern Cinderellas who found their princes
Lots of people claim that there's no such thing as fairy tales in real life. We at Bright Side believe that this is absolutely ridiculous, and wants to tell you fairy tale stories of modern Cinderellas.
Queen Letizia of Spain
Even in her childhood, the future Spanish Queen consort Letizia, a daughter of a journalist and a nurse, was interested in journalism, and even decided to link her life with this profession. Before she met Felipe, Letizia was married for a year and managed to make a successful career in journalism. Letizia met the Prince of Asturias in Galicia, where she filmed a report. A chance meeting, love at first sight, and feminine wiles: Letizia didn't agree to go on a date with Felipe at first, so he had to be patient. As a result of his pushing, they got married in 2003. This was screened to about 1.5 billion viewers around the world.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
Queen Máxima is a monarch who is truly committed to the public good. She fulfils several different roles in various public organizations, including those relating to the integration of immigrants into Dutch culture and promoting social welfare and cohesion in the Netherlands. At the same time, she works through the UN to foster a more inclusive global financial system that works for the poor, and represents the Netherlands at international conferences. Despite being a member of the Dutch royal family, Queen Máxima was actually born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, although there is a link between her and family and the European continent: through her father, she is a descendant of King Afonso III of Portugal. Máxima met Willem-Alexander in Spain. He introduced himself only as 'Alexander', so that Máxima would not know he was a prince. She thought he was joking when he later told her that he was the Prince of Orange and heir apparent to the Dutch throne. The couple were married in 2002 and they now have three daughters.
Charlene, Princess of Monaco
Swimming can not only lead to a successful sports career, but also to the royal palace. This happened to Charlene Wittstock, who met with Albert II because she was a professional swimmer. Their first meeting took place in 2000 at a competition in Monaco. The second time they met was 6 years later, at a competition in Turin. That's when the media started to publish the first photos of the couple. However, they decided to make their relationship official in 2011.
Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Sports were also the thing that connected Mary, the daughter of teachers, and Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark. They met during the 2000 Summer Olympics in a pub in Sydney, where the Crown Prince and his friends went to relax. That was where he saw beautiful Mary. It's interesting that Mary didn't realize who she was talking to, as the young man introduced himself simply as Fred. And yes, Mary didn't hasten to leave her country with the heir to the throne. First, in 2001, she moved to Paris to teach English, and only after that she moved to Denmark. But that's not the end of the story: to become the Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary Elizabeth had to accept several conditions from her fiance's parents. She had to renounce her Australian citizenship, move from the Presbyterian Church to the Danish Lutheran Church, master the Danish language, and give her consent to the renunciation of all the children born in the marriage in the case of divorce.
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
Royal wives in Morocco traditionally keep a low-profile, but Princess Lalla Salma has been keen to use her position to help others. She has championed many charities, founding a cancer prevention association in Morocco and being involved with HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa. Her foundation aims to promote cancer prevention, improve patient care and make the fight against cancer a public health priority in Morocco, as well as fund research. She also does charity work in Greece. Born into a middle class family in the city of Fes, Morocco, Salma met her future husband at a private party. Mohammed surprised many in Morocco when he announced his future wife's name, as traditionally wives of Moroccan Kings had remained private figures. He soon became King Mohammed VI, and it didn't take long for their relationship to blossom into marriage, with their wedding taking place in 2001. Salma was granted the title of Princess Lalla, becoming the first wife of a Moroccan King to be given a royal title. She is now the mother of two children - Moulay Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate met in 2001 while studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Catherine and William became friends during their first year. However, being 'friends' with the Prince was a real challenge for Kate at first: she blushed, then turned pale, and even stuttered. In short, these were all signs of embarrassment that fortunately passed. Moreover, it was Catherine who persuaded Prince William not to leave the University like he wanted to. The press started to discuss their relationship in 2004 when the media published some photos of them together. However, their love wasn't perfect: several times they broke up, then got together again. But real love won: they officially announced their engagement in November 2010, and in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey they held a wedding ceremony, which was followed online by millions of people worldwide.
Sarah, Crown Princess of Brunei
Just like William and Kate, the heir to the throne of Brunei found his love in the walls of an educational institution: the first time he saw his future wife when she was at school. Sarah's school friend's husband put them in touch by mentioning once that his wife has a very beautiful friend. To see her, the Prince came to the school where she studied. At that time, Sarah, the daughter of a middle-ranking public servant, was going to seriously engage in marine biology, but, as we know, fate surprises. So, being a 17-year-old girl, Sarah married a 30-year-old Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah, Crown Prince of Brunei.
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg
Tessy became the Princess of Luxembourg in 2009, but by that time she had already been the legal wife of Prince Louis. Sergeant Tessy Anthony and the Prince of Luxembourg met in Kosovo. Soon it became clear that the couple was waiting for a child. It was a huge scandal because the royal family members cannot have children born out of wedlock. After the birth of their son, Louis and Tessy got married, but the prince had to renounce his claims to the throne. So, Tessy became just Madame de Nassau, without any title. Some time later, the couple gave birth to a second son. The prince's family decided to take a huge step: in June 2009, at the National Day of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke (and a happy grandfather) Henri finally accepted the marriage and gave his daughter-in-law the title of Princess of Luxembourg, and to his grandchildren the titles of Princes.
Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
If we talk about real, fabulous luck, we cannot help but mention the story of Mette-Marit. She was born in a common family of a journalist and a bank employee. Before she met a blue blood, she worked both as a waitress and a seller of clothing, 'got acquainted' with drugs, lived together with a criminal, and gave birth to a son. Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, met Mette-Marit in 1999 at a music festival. Their wedding was under threat because of Mette-Marit's 'ambiguous' past, but after Haakon gave an ultimatum - either the marriage or abdication - the wedding took place.
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan
Since marrying the King of Jordan, Queen Rania has used her position to do good in a whole number of areas in public life, both at home in Jordan and abroad. One area that is close to her heart is education. Queen Rania is the chairperson of an interactive children's museum in her country that aims to encourage and nurture lifelong learning for children and their families. She has also launched an initiative aimed at refurbishing 500 of Jordan’s public schools over a five-year period, and a scholarship program in her name has been set up. Several years ago, she helped launch the Child Safety Program, which aimed to help children at risk from abuse and started a campaign to increase public awareness about violence against children. The Queen has worked alongside other world leaders to improve the welfare of children around the planet. Finally, she has sought to foster a cross cultural and interfaith dialogue to improve understanding, tolerance and acceptance across the world. A truly inspirational woman!
And finally, a little bonus!
Prince Daniel of Sweden
The love story of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling is the reverse story of Cinderella. Daniel, a fitness coach, decided to open a gym that became a great success. Victoria was one of the customers of this young coach. The couple had to wait for 8 years until Victoria's father, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, gave his permission for their marriage. Like a fairytale with a happy ending, the blessing was finally received, and in 2010, the couple celebrated the long-awaited wedding.
As you can see, there's always a place for a fairy tale in our lives. The main thing is to just believe! After all, who knows what pleasant meeting fate has in store for us? Maybe it'll happen today!