Commoners to Royals
Judging by the reported one billion people who tuned in to watch the royal wedding of commoner Kate Middleton to Prince William in April 2011, it's safe to say we have a collective fascination with pomp and circumstance—particularly when we feel the princess being feted is 'just like us.' The transformation of an ordinary person into a royal is the stuff of fairy tales, but it does come true for a few lucky mortals. Some of the most visible and well-liked royals are commoners who married into their regal title. Here are some of the individuals who made the ultimate transformation.
Diane von Fürstenberg
Fashion Designer / 1946 -
Diane von Fürstenberg is one of the world's most successful fashion designers. Once married to Austro-Italian Prince Egon von Furstenberg, she designed her iconic wrap dress for the working woman.
Queen Noor of Jordan
Women's Rights Activist, Business Leader, Political Leader, Queen / 1970 -
Queen Rania of Jordan is best known for her advocacy work in public health, education and as an outspoken opponent of the practice of "honor killings."
Film Actress, Princess / 1929 - 1982
A highly popular film actress in the 1950s, Grace Kelly starred in movies such as Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief. She married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
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