The Royals

From Commoner to Royalty: The Women Who Did It

From Queen Rania of Jordan to Sarah Ferguson, meet the royals who weren't born into privilege


Country: Norway
In a thoroughly modern courtship, Crown Prince Haakon fell for his princess, a single mother, at the Quart Festival rock concert in summer 1996 – and would go on to live with her before their engagement. But it was the drug-fueled parties she had once attended that earned the disapproval of the public, so before her royal wedding on Aug. 25, 2001, Hoiby gave a tearful apology for those wild past days.

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