Like it or not there is a great big demographic of little girls who love, adore and totally are just sooo into Princesses. From fairy tale books to royalty of the Disney variety, the Princess culture is one that has had a strong grasp on our daughters. But these tales of meeting and marrying their Prince Charming have generally been works of fiction, of fantasy, and something that just isn’t a reality…or is it?
The wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William can be seen as an example of a real life fairy tale ending that could have been scripted by a girly-girl YA author. Prince William isn’t the first royal to wed a commoner, and he won’t be the last, but there are several reasons why this marital pairing is significant. And it just proves that the whole fantasy of a prince sweeping a young lady off her feet actually can – and does – happen.
They met, like many young loves do, at school. The two became acquainted at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Their meeting was not ‘arranged,’ not set up by the royals, or even expected. They just met and hit it off.
One of the most notable aspects about Catherine Middleton’s background is that she comes from ‘humble stock.’ Her parents – Carole and Michael Middleton were both at one time flight attendants (her father becoming a flight dispatcher). They then started a very successful mail order party supply company called Party Pieces which now has a worth of about £30 million. But they are ‘new money,’ a class that usually doesn’t get into the British inner circle.
And there are no hidden royalty in their family, in fact Kate Middleton’s maternal family were coal miners and actually worked mines that were property of the queen. Had they known that their eventual offspring would some day be queen herself, well they would have probably never believed it. A fairy tale indeed.
It is true that if young girls are fed too much of this they may have unreasonable expectations and could be set up for disappointment, but like anything – in moderation – a little real life fairy tale is actually pretty sweet.
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