23 Royals Who Married Commoners
There was a time when royals just didn’t marry commoners. It was against protocol. However, the world is changing and now a royal marrying a commoner isn’t such a big deal. In fact, many royal family members are now breaking with tradition and marrying for love. Here are 23 royals who followed their hearts and married a commoner:
23. King Abdullah II of Jordan
King Abdulla met Rania Al Yassin, who worked for companies including Citibank and Apple, at a dinner party in 1993 and became engaged two months later. Abdullah ascended the throne in 1999 and Rania was proclaimed queen. Since becoming queen, she has been using her position to advocate for education, health, community empowerment, youth, cross-cultural dialogue and micro-finance.
22. Prince Frederik of Denmark
When Prince Frederik of Denmark met Mary Donaldson, she was working in public relations in Australia. She had no idea that he was royalty, as he introduced himself as “Fred.” While it wasn’t love at first sight, the couple secretly began a long-distance relationship and were married in 2004 in Copenhagen. The couple has now been married for 16 years and shares four children, Christian, Isabella, and twins Vincent and Josephine.