8 Royal Couples Whose Love Stories Are The Stuff Of Fairytales
Fairytales are simple.
There’s usually some bad guys, but mostly, the Prince always meets his Princess and they live happily ever after.
Fairytales however, are also unfortunately deceptive.
Happy endings are hard to find in real life, just like dragons. But they won’t tell you that.
So in the ongoing search that may sometimes seem hard, take solace in the fact that there is still hope – as these Royal Couples prove.
1. Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson
Prince Edward, the then Duke of Windsor, fell in love with twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson in 1931.
Five years later, when Edward became king, he refused to end their relationship and abdicated the throne so he could marry her.
Edward and Wallis were married in June 1937 at the Château de Candé in France.
2. Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly
The Prince first met the actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 and was immediately taken by her poise and grace. Kelly herself was intrigued by his charm.
Shortly after the event, the couple began to date.
About a year later the two were married in one of the most talked-about royal weddings in history.
3. Emperor Akihito and Michiko Shoda
Michiko Shoda, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, met the Crown Prince at a tennis match in Karuizara in the summer of 1957.
Their marriage in 1959 was revolutionary for Japan, as it was the first time that a member of the Imperial Family married a commoner.
4. Prince Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Rania Al-Yassin
Prince Abdullah II met his wife-to-be at his sister’s dinner party, where a mutual friend brought her as a guest.
He says it was love at first sight.
The Prince proposed after two months of courtship, including motorcycle rides and waterskiing, and the couple married in 1993.
5. Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly
Autumn Kelly first met Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, at the Montreal Grand Prix.
Peter Phillips was smitten from the moment he first saw her.
They were married on May 17th, 2008, five years later, and Autumn converted from Roman Catholicism to the Church of England so that Peter wouldn’t lose his place in line to the British throne.
6. Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
Daniel Westling was the owner of the fitness center Princess Victoria of Sweden visited.
It was an unlikely romance – not only because he was her personal trainer, but also because of his rural upbringing and scruffy attire.
To overcome these hurdles, Westling took language classes and was given a makeover befitting a Prince.
Their wedding on 19th June 2010 was a grand affair with 250,000 people lining the streets to watch as Princess Victoria was walked down the aisle by her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf.
7. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema
The couple, known as the “William and Kate of the Himalayas”, supposedly met at a picnic when the King was 17 and Jetsun was 7.
Some sources say that she came up and gave him a bashful hug, while others maintain that she told him, “I would like to marry you.”
When Jetsun Pema grew up and attended university, she once again met King Jigme, and the pair did take to each other. They were married in 2011.
8. Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William, second in the line of succession to the British throne, first met Catherine in September 2001 at the University of St. Andrews, where they were both studying.
It’s speculated that Kate first won the young Prince’s affections when she sashayed down the runway in a revealing ensemble as part of a charity fashion show in March 2002.
However , she was still seeing someone else at the time, so it would be a while before their romance blossomed.
9 years later, William proposed to Kate while they were on holiday in Kenya with a ring that once belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.
The adorable couple tied the knot at Westminster Abbey on 29th April, 2011, and have been giving us all some royal #RelationshipGoals since.
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