by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
On April 29, 2011 Kate Middleton will pull a real-life Cinderella when she marries her Prince Charming William What's-his-last-name. (Honestly is anyone that interested in the Prince? Will he be wearing a designer gown? Millions of pounds worth of diamonds? Then no.) Women the world over will be able to vicariously live out their dormant princess dreams as they watch a second princess walk down the aisle.
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I was only three years old when Princess Di wed Prince Charles in the "wedding of the century," so I don't remember much about the details (really poofy dress?) but one lesson made a huge impact on my little brain: Princesses are real. And I'm not the only one who was transformed, even if just for a night, by the fantastical vision. Whether they were tiny tots like me or old enough to stay up all night at a sleepover, women remember Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales.
"I was in middle school, a gawky year. Yes, stayed up all night. I made a SCRAPBOOK from all the press clippings. Totally skewed my take on real life. Ruined me!" - Kara
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"I was 9. I adored Princess Diana. She could have just sat on her hiney and spent money and lived the high life. Instead, she focused on charity work and showing people that AIDs is not catching just by touching someone or sharing a drink..." - Angela
"I was 8 years old back home in Sweden and I know for sure that all of Sweden was at a stand still for hours so we all could watch the wedding. I had a coffee mug with their wedding stuff on it, cause my mom went to England that spring." - Marie
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"I was 10 years old and we lived in Alaska. They got married on my birthday July 29, 1981. I was grounded and didn't get a 10th birthday party. But that was OK because I watched their wedding all day!" - Mindy
"I remember thinking it could have been me (ha!) since Princess Diana and I were the same age!" - Connie
Do you remember Princess Di's wedding? Will you stay up to watch Kate wed William?
Charlotte Hilton Andersen is the author of The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything
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