Popular princesses
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DISCREET COURTSHIPS
UNIQUE CHARACTERS
DIFFICULT CHOICES
GRACEFUL TRANSITIONS
PRINCE CHARMINGS
CONTEMPORARY STYLE
OVERWHELMING 'FAN'-FARE
PUBLIC AFFECTION
PHOTO GALLERY
DISCREET COURTSHIPS
While both couples led discreet courtships, the pairs' paths couldn't have been more different. Mary, who lived in Australia, was introduced to Frederik by a mutual friend over beer and pizza at a Sydney watering hole, while Letizia met Felipe at an intimate Madrid dinner party. Though both romances were top secret, the Danish royals’ long-distance relationship was three years old – and had already sparked wedding rumours – by the time an engagement was announced. Felipe's hush-hush pairing with Letizia had only been going strong for a few months when the bombshell engagement news astonished Spain.

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