The Raddest Fictional Royals Ever to Rule
THE RENALDI FAMILY, THE PRINCESS DIARIES
Anne Hathaway's first leading role had all the makings of a modern fairy tale, so it's only fitting that the story of the awkward San Francisco teen who transformed into a well-groomed, confident princess (although who wouldn't, under the tutelage of Julie Andrews?) has been a fan favorite since its 2001 release. Princess Mia, with her frizzy hair, awkward foot popping and state dinner interruptions, was a royal anyone could relate to.
EDVARD III, PRINCE OF DENMARK, THE PRINCE AND ME
Though a Danish royal wedding probably wouldn't attract billions of viewers, it's still hard to believe that the appearance of a royal on a Midwestern college campus would go unnoticed, as it did for the bulk of Julia Stiles's romance with a fictitious heir to the Danish throne in 2004's The Prince and Me. While his initial intentions when heading to the U.S. for his college years were a little less than honorable (he was originally tempted by Girls Gone Wild), the prince redeemed himself with his gentlemanly respect toward Paige (Stiles).
PRINCESS LEIA, STAR WARS
She may not have worn a crown (double side buns were her regal hairpiece of choice), but Leia's reign over the galaxy in the '70s trilogy made her one of pop culture's most memorable princesses.
PRINCESS BUTTERCUP, THE PRINCESS BRIDE
It's hard to imagine Washington's resident ice queen Claire Underwood as a wide-eyed princess bride, but back in '87, Robin Wright's Buttercup was one of the most recognizable royals-to-be on the big screen. In fact, it was her lack of royal status that made her special: She chose to wed her true love, Westley, instead of a slimy prince at the film's end.
DANIELLE DE BARBARAC, EVER AFTER
Cinderella has been the subject of spin-offs since before the classic cartoon debuted, but perhaps no Cindy-inspired tale was more heart-wrenching than 1998's Ever After. Drew Barrymore's Danielle faced countless obstacles on the way to her happily ever after – perseverance that we imagine very few princesses would have.
GAME OF THRONES
On HBO's über-successful Game of Thrones, there are basically too many royal families to count – and they're all trying to off one another. In each of their quests for Westeros's coveted Iron Throne, the dynasties have proven to be some of the most violent, twisted royals in real life or in pop culture.
THE ROYALS ON E!
The latest in the lineup of fictitious royalty comes from E!'s The Royals, a Gossip Girl-esque take on the British monarchy starring Elizabeth Hurley as the family's matriarch, Queen Helena. However, Helena's Christmas message, in which she calls her children a "s– show," complains about her daughter's social-media rants and her son's sexual habits (complete with an F-bomb), shows that the similarities between Hurley's Helena and the real-life Queen Elizabeth II are in title only.
THE ROYAL WE BY THE FUG GIRLS
When Kate Middleton married Prince William, she was more than just a royal bride: She represented the dreams of a million girls coming to fruition. But the Fug Girls took this fantasy one step further with their first novel, The Royal We, out in April. Instead of England's most desirable man falling for a fellow Brit, he finds love with an American study-abroad student with a quirky sense of humor. While the chances of Prince Harry heading Stateside to find his next girlfriend are slim to none, the Fug Girls know there's nothing wrong with a little imaginary wish fulfillment.