The love of royal celebrities has always been staged for the world to see. Weddings that are only dreamed about and fantasized by common society are made reality by royal couples. Carriages, horses, a lovely princess becoming the wife of a handsome prince and being whisked away1) to his castle—this may seem like a fairy tale to some, but for a select few this kind of dream is reality. Let's take a peek at some of the romances of a few royal couples. How many of these actually lived "happily ever after"?
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
Edward VIII fell in love with an American divorcee in 1936. Because such a romance was not be permitted for a king, he abdicated2) the British throne in order to marry the woman he loved. This was a very controversial subject indeed. Some saw it as hopelessly romantic while others were greatly appalled3) by his actions. The couple married, left England and lived for the most part in France.
Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
Although Prince Rainier was considered the world's wealthiest bachelor, Prince Monaco wanted a large dowry4) from the bride-select's family. Not wanting to shortchange5) their other children, Grace's family required her to relinquish6) the desired $2,000,000 from her own inheritance.
This Hollywood star must have loved the prince very much and had ultimate faith in their soon to be marriage, for not only did she give up part of her inheritance, but she also signed an agreement at the time of marriage that all rights to any children that the couple should have would be relinquished in the event of a divorce.
The couple was married in 1956 and had two weddings—an April 18th civil wedding in which only 80 guests attended and an April 19th religious wedding where 600 guests honored the couple.
Prince Rainier's designed his own formal wedding attire7) which had a military look. Princess Grace's gown was nothing less than stunning. It featured a high neck and long sleeves and was fitted precisely to her form. The dress was made from 25 yards of silk taffeta8) as well as one hundred yards of other various luxurious fabrics including the 125-year-old Brussels rose point lace9). She wore a lovely cap which displayed orange blossoms10) and tiny seed pearls11) and had a veil made of tulle12) which took 90 yards to create.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
The lovely future Queen Elizabeth first caught the eye of Prince Philip in 1939 when she was only thirteen years old.
This attraction stayed throughout the years and finally, in 1944, the Prince approached his cousin King George II of Hellenes13) about the possibility of wedding the lovely girl.
In 1946, the Prince made his official marriage proposal and the couple wed on November 20th of the following year.
The wedding was elaborate and was made into a national holiday to give a reason for celebration in the aftermath14) of war. For the wedding, television cameras entered Westminster Abbey for the first time.
Not only was there a fine supper, but there were also twelve wedding cakes, the main one reaching nine feet in height, to serve the wedding guests.
The bride's dress was of a lovely ivory silk which featured an interwoven flower design and was decked with15) crystal pieces and pearls.
The lovely Queen and Prince Philip shared a happy home and wonderfully reached 50 golden years in 1997, which they marked with another huge celebration. Many prominent people were invited to the occasion. In 2007, they celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary Donaldson
The couple met at the Slip Inn, a pub in Sydney, when the Crown Prince was visiting Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics. Their official engagement in 2003, and their marriage the following year were the subject of extensive attention from the Australian and European news media, which portrayed the marriage as a modern fairytale romance between a prince and a commoner.
The wedding was held in the Copenhagen cathedral Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady) on May 14th, 2004. Copenhagen Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen officiated at the wedding rites. The wedding celebrations included performances by Australian musicians and bands, the serving of Australian food and wine, and a yacht16) race between Australian and Danish yachtsmen with Prince Frederik on board the Danish yacht and Mary Donaldson on an Australian-crewed yacht.
1. whisk away: 迅速带走
2. abdicate [ˈæbdɪkeɪt] vt. 退位；放弃
3. appall [əˈpɔːl] vt. 使惊骇；惊吓
4. dowry [ˈdaʊri] n. 嫁妆
5. shortchange [ˌʃɔː(r)tˈtʃeɪndʒ] vt. 欺骗；(找钱时故意)少找零钱
6. relinquish [rəˈlɪŋkwɪʃ] vt. 放弃；让渡；放手
7. attire [əˈtaɪə(r)] n. 服装；盛装
8. silk taffeta: 真丝塔夫绸；taffeta [ˈtæfɪtə] n. 塔夫绸；平纹皱丝织品
9. point lace: 针锈花边
10. orange blossom: 白色香橙花(在英美婚礼上常由新娘佩在身上，或作为花束捧在手里)
11. seed pearl: 小粒珍珠；(镶嵌用的)米珠
12. tulle [tjuːl] n. 薄纱；绢网
13. Hellene [ˈheliːn] n. 希腊人
14. aftermath [ˈɑːftə(r)ˌmæθ] n. 余波；后果
15. deck with: 用……装饰
16. yacht [jɒt] n. 快艇，游艇；轻舟