R is for...Royalty!

Fairy tales often include royalty, like princes, princesses, kings or queens. In most fairy tales, either the main character is already a part of the royal family, or they join one by the end of the story.
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In The Little Mermaid, the mermaid is originally part of a royal family under the sea, with her father being the Sea-King. She gives up her royal life to marry her true love. In the original version, she leaves a royal family to die, but in the Disney version, she leaves one royal family to join another. Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were also originally princesses who went on to marry princes from a different family.
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In Cinderella, she is an ordinary girl who meets a prince and marries into a royal family, becoming a princess. The same thing happens to Belle in Beauty and the Beast. In Rapunzel, she is also an ordinary girl at the beginning of the tale, but when a prince hears her singing they fall in love and she goes with him to his kingdom to be a princess and live happily ever after.
In The Princess and the Pea royalty is very important, as instead of meeting a girl, falling in love and marrying her to make her a princess, the prince is adamant that the girl he marries must be a princess already. This is why he does the 'pea test'.
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In Rumpelstiltskin, the main character becomes a queen right at the beginning of the story, which is unusual for fairy tales. Because the King is impressed with the woman's skills at turning straw into gold, he marries her and makes her his queen. Because Rumpelstiltskin helped her with this, he demanded payment in the form of her first born child. He said that if she could guess his name, he needn't hand the child over. One of her messengers learns his name and she therefore gets to keep her child.
Of course, not all fairy tales have royalty in them, but a lot of well known ones do. :)

Comments

  1. I must be honest I never knew the story of Rumpelstiltskin! I was reading through it thinking "no you can't take a baby!" and then was like pheeew at the end haha.

    Great post. I always loved the fairy stales with the princesses and princes when I was little!

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    1. I did as well, they were always the best ones! Probably because I always imagined myself as the princess! :)

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  2. I love how all the fairytales have royalty in them :)

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    1. Me too, everyone secretly wishes that they were part of a royal family! Although I'd rather be in a fairy tale one than a real life one! :)

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  3. An interesting topic for your a to z! Had a cheeky read of it. Fairytales are such classic stories, but I like the darker side of them. I try to write twists on the fairytales and rhymes in my poems. I hope you will check them out.

    Amy
    amydot90.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks! I'll check out your blog now :)

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