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15 Royals Who Started Their Lives As Regular People

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Everyone dreams about marrying into a royal family and living the rest of their life in luxury, but not very many of us actually make it happen.

These 15 women from humble backgrounds found a literal prince charming and said, "I do."

1. Silvia Sommerlath - Queen of Sweden

Before she was Her Royal Highness Queen Silvia, she was working as a hostess at the 1972 Summer Olympics. That's where she caught the eye of Prince Carl Gustaf. They married just four years later, and she became queen when Carl's father died.

2. Kate Middleton - Duchess of Cambridge

The Maggie Blog

While we know her as "Princess Kate," that's not really true (yet). Middleton was studying art history at university when she met Prince William, and the couple dated off-and-on before finally trying the knot in 2011.

3. Maxima Zorreguieta - Queen of the Netherlands

This queen is an accomplished career woman in her own right, with a degree in economics and experience as the international sales VP at Deutsche Bank.

ABC News

When she met Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in 1999, he only introduced himself as "Alexander," and it took some time before she realized he was royalty.

4. Grace Kelly - Princess of Monaco


Movie stars met monarchy when this silver screen icon married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Their televised wedding took just 16 minutes, but attracted more than 30 million viewers worldwide.

5. Letizia Ortiz - Queen of Spain

ABC News

Ortiz was a journalist and news anchor before beginning a relationship with Prince Felipe VI, so of course she knew what she was getting into when they married. She became Queen when Felipe's father abdicated in 2014.

6. Jetsun Pema - Queen of Bhutan

Pema's official title is the "Dragon Queen" of the tiny Asian monarchy, and she's actually a distant cousin of her husband (deep breath here) King Jigme Khesar Namyel Wangchuck.

Royal Correspondant

Their relationship caused controversy, because Pema is 10 years younger than her husband, and they married when she was just 21.

7.  Sonja Haraldsen - Queen of Norway

Royal Correspondant

Crown Prince Harald had to keep his love for Haraldsen secret, because she was not a noble and their marriage was forbidden. He swore to his father that he would never marry unless he could be with her, and the king granted him special permission for the engagement.

8. Diana Spencer - Princess of Wales

Daily Express

Sorry, make that "14 Commoners Who Became Royalty By Marriage." Despite being "The People's Princess," Diana came from a noble family, and became Lady Diana in 1975 when her father was made an Earl. She simply upgraded to Princess Diana when she married Prince Charles.

Daily Express

The prince's second spouse, Camilla Parker Bowles, wasn't a commoner either.

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