It all makes sense now. You'd certainly have a much higher confidence rating of hitting on a Queen when you're not aware she's the Queen. Your lowness is going to approach Her Highness for a date?cthia wrote:George J. Smith" quote="cthia wrote:How To Marry A Queen
— Prince Justin
I'd really like to know too. I'm sure this is my own baggage being hauled about. In the case of royalty needing to marry a commoner. Exactly how does that work at the social level of dating?
Americans, at least, are taught that the male is supposed to be the aggressor. And if the woman is the aggressor she is labeled with something not so nice. In matters of the throne, let's take Elizabeth. Who exactly was the aggressor? It would take a rather presumptuous male to approach Elizabeth and think he has a shot. That would leave the flirting and first move up to Elizabeth. In American social circles, Elizabeth would be seen as "wallowing in the mire."
Prince Charles would have no problem chasing Catherine. She qualified on beauty alone. Besides, men are judged by a different yardstick than women. Men are supposed to make the first move or the woman could be seen as 'throwing herself on him.' Therefore, if the roles were reversed, Catherine would probably have to make the first move.
As if, a commoner would have the nerve and audacity to think he's Princely material, or more to the point, think she would think he is Princely material.
It wouldn't exactly be as such in Manticoran society of course, yet by the same token she can't exactly chase just anyone. I'd imagine they'd have to be of economic substance, not to mention, in Justin's case, Princely material.
Yet at the ages most marriages happen, does not afford time enough for a commoner to become successful enough to be brought home to Mount Royal Palace to 'meet the folks.' Talk about sweating and dodging bullets! Or pulser fire rather! Meeting the royal parents and you work at McDonalds?
All seems to suggest to me that on Manticore, it is quite alright to be an aggressive woman - and not hail from Beowulf.
I'm not speaking of myself. Personally, I have never experienced any inadequacies in that area. In fact, before her untimely demise, I always knew for a fact that Princess Dianna was really meant for me - the Princely stud I am.
Talk about being full of yourself.
Prince Charles married Diana, their 1st son William married Catherine.
As for EIII of Manticore, as a Princess she met Justin in a lab at the Landing University and he didn't know who she was until the security detail caught up with her and addressed her as Your Highness.
And why was her security detail not by her side when some blubbering lab rat was scolding her with verbal abuse? He should have been pistol whipped.
It shouldn't be so easy for royalty to hit on a commoner either. "Ah, he ain't really interested, but rather trying to sow a few wild oats. And I ain't that wild."
There was an American movie, whose name and cast I can't recall at the mo, with a plot similar to that thought. A Prince goes after a girl, yet hides his credentials from her, because he didn't want it to frighten her away. And when she found out about it, via the press printing sordid little things about the Prince 'wallowing in the mire' she wanted to flee.
Ah! "The Prince and Me," with Julia Stiles. Exactly regarding the awkwardness regarding the social mechanics of that sort of dating and romance.
Can anyone recall the book regarding their meeting? And undoubtedly, his forcefulness was what excited Elizabeth. He exhibited the fervor of a Prince.[/quote]
Like posted earlier most of the current royal families of Europe have commoners in the family. Kate Middleton is not the only one. IIRC they are;
Queen Letiza of Spain was journalist born to middle class dad was a journalist mom a nurse.
Queen Maxima of Holland born in Argentina
Crown Princess Consort Mary of Denmark born Hobart Tasmania
Crown Prince Consort Daniel of Sweden