The Disney Princess franchise is big business, easily competing with the fortune power of real-life princesses. But how easy is it to tell the Disney Princesses from their nonfictional counterparts?
This is the story of Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, who was raised in hiding by the Three Good Fairies. To further protect her from Maleficent's curse, every spinning wheel in the kingdom was burned.
Japan's Crown Princess Masako's wedding garb consisted of several colorful kimonos that, taken together, reportedly weighed in at around 30 pounds. The dressing ceremony preceding the wedding took two and a half hours.
Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and Princess Aurora of "Sleeping Beauty" were among the many princesses both real and fictional who were initially unaware that the dashing young men making their acquaintances were actually royalty.
For so many princesses, equestrian skills seem to go with the territory. Mary, the Crown Princess of Denmark, and Anne, Princess Royal of the British Commonwealth, are just two real-life example of princesses with impressive horse-handling abilities. Disney Princess Belle also showed off an ability to ride in "Beauty and the Beast," at least until some wolves seriously spooked her horse.
Although the details vary greatly, according to popular legend and Disney production, Pocahontas intervened on behalf of John Smith when he was wrongly accused of killing a member of the tribe and sentenced to execution.
Lots of real-life princesses are probably good singers, but who better to look to than the Disney Princesses for examples of virtuoso vocalists. From Snow White to Ariel, supreme serenaders every one.
Anne, Princess Royal of the British Commonwealth came close to being kidnapped in 1974. And while not exactly the same thing, Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" was able to escape from the evil clutches of Ursula, albeit because of her father's sacrifice.
No Disney Princesses tied the knot at Westminster Abbey, but plenty of real princesses have -- at least ones who are (or who are about to become) members of the British royal family.