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Finding Prince Charming: When Commoners Marry Royalty

After Felipe VI was enthroned on June 19, succeeding his father, media outlets began to frantically compare Kate Middleton, the next Queen of England, with Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Spain’s next queen, in a bid to determine who is Europe’s most attractive royal. Their looks aside, what both women have in common is that they’re, well, common. Though their stories might seem unique, they’re not the first commoners to find Prince Charming. In this gallery we take a look at other, ordinary women who married into European royalty.

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