Princess by Marriage, but Royal by Will

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Each one of us has encountered the classic fairytales in one way or the other. While they may seem whimsical to many, there are also those few who manage to make their fairytale come true. There exist stories in real life where women from the outside world end up in the royal family. These are women who were born to be a princess, which is reflected in their will and action. Here’s a sneak-peak of women who were destined to join the royal clan.

Cinderella’s story is the classic tale of ‘from rags to riches’. She is the second Disney princess after Snow White and the first Disney princess by marriage but not by birth. On a deeper evaluation of her story, you realise that she may not be born in the royal blood, but she was destined to be a princess which is evident in her character. She is a kind, gentle and sweet person who is forever hopeful for happiness.

Cinderella paved way for other women to waltz into the royal family, no matter what their background was. Disney brought forth the stories of Belle aka Beauty, in Beauty and the Beast and Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, both of whom deserved to be a princess. While Belle was strong and her love for reading made her exemplary, Tiana was a hardworking waitress who was set to achieve her dreams. In fact, there are many in real world that end up in the royal family like they were meant to, and their tales are too good to be true.

Kate Middleton 

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Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William who is the Duke of Cambridge, Catherine or Kate Middleton is the best example of Cinderella that ever could be. Born outside of royal family, she grew up in Chapel Row, a village near Newbury, Berkshire in England. She met William at the University of St Andrews where she was studying Art History, after which the much-in- love couple decided to get married. Anyone who has followed her life shall agree that she is equal levels of beautiful, kind and intelligent, the traits inherent in a princess. The Duchess is an official ambassador for Team GB and Paralympic GB and also the patron of Action on Addiction treatment centers and royal patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices and The Art Room.

Sarah Butler


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Sarah Butler married the Middle Eastern Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, a member of the Jordanian House of Hashemite and Crown Prince of Iraq. Holding a degree in International Relations and an MSC in Development Studies, Sarah had a few jobs at the United Nations to her credit before she became Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid in 2000. Princess Sarah raises awareness for causes including Every Newborn Action Plan, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. It only goes on to testify that the Prince fell for a deadly combination of beauty and brains.

Kelly Rondestvedt


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Florida born Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt married Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 2009. She worked as an American investment banker before she became Her Highness Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha after her marriage. She is an extremely intelligent woman and has obtained her Bachelor of Arts as well as MBA from UCLA. She first saw the Prince at a restaurant, sparks flew between them and they eventually began to date, before their marriage.

Rania Al Yassin

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Rania Al Yassin, Queen Consort of Jordan worked in marketing in Citibank for a brief period before she joined Apple Inc. in Amman. She met the then-Prince and now King of Jordan Abdullah bin al-Hussein at a dinner party and later got married to him. After her marriage, she has used her position to advocate work related to education, health, community empowerment, youth, cross cultural dialogue and micro-finance.

Farah Pahlavi


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Farah Diba was a woman of many talents and excelled in sports as well as academics during her school time. While studying architecture at the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, she met Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Persiak on his official visit to foreign countries to meet local Iranian students. After a brief period of courtship, the couple announced their plans to get married. A few years after being married, she became much more actively involved in government affairs and used her proximity and influence to secure funding and focused attention on causes, particularly in the areas of women's rights and cultural development.

While the above were lesser known faces, the list of celebrities who got married into royalty is also long.

Renowned film actress Rita Hayworth married Prince Aly Khan and became Princess Aly Khan.


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Belgian fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg married German Prince Egon of Fürstenberg.


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A. J. Langer, most appreciated for her role of Rayanne Graff on My So-Called Life married Charles Courtena, the19th Earl of Devon.


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Grace Kelly, the American actress became Princess of Monaco after she got married to Prince Rainier III.


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