Everyone has a favorite princess (real or fake) and everyone wants to be treated like one (at least for a day), so get excited to celebrate National Princess Day on November 18. The creators of The Swan Princess, a 1994 animated film about a princess who’s turned into a swan, wanted girls of every age to have a day to celebrate like princesses — and thus, National Princess Day was created. So clear your schedule for National Princess Day and prepare for a magical day of pampering and fabulousness.
National Princess Day - History
Time magazine recognized this princess’ influence
Princess Kate made Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list for the second time.
Pretty smart princess
After earning a B.A. in International Relations at Sukhothai Thammatirat University and a Masters of Law and Doctor of Juridical Science degree at Cornell Law School, Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand received an honorary Doctor of Law degree.
A humanitarian award
Princess Ameera, a Saudi Arabian princess, received the ITP Special Humanitarian Award for her work with the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation.
This (very) popular princess advocated for AIDS
Princess Diana opened the first hospital unit dedicated to AIDS in Middlesex Hospital. This is the same location where she famously hugged an AIDS patient four years later.
Princess Ann took on a cause
Princess Ann of England served as president of the Save the Children organization, an non-governmental group that advocates for children rights and supports children in developing countries.
National Princess Day Activities
1. Bestow your friends with a princess party invite
For kid-friendly, stick to a princess-themed party with castle, crown, and princess inspired foods (cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cake). For adults, focus on sparkly decor and pink cocktails. Want an easier alternative? Gather a group of friends for happy hour and gift them with a princess crown for a fun, festive touch.
2. Act like a princess
Let National Princess Day be a good reminder to focus on how you present yourself to the world. For example, princesses are known for the way they walk, talk, sit, and eat (to name a few examples we can remember from The Princess Diaries), so acknowledge the day by trying to improve these things.
3. Indulge in a treatment fit for royalty
Fashionable, flawless, fabulous — these are just a few words that come to mind when thinking about a princess (real or fictional). So on National Princess Day, treat yourself to something that’ll make you feel like one. Book a facial or massage, get a manicure or pedicure, go on a shopping spree or make an appointment with your hairstylist — whatever you choose to do, we hope you feel and look fashionable, flawless, and fabulous by the end of the day.
5 Little-Known Disney Princess Facts
1. One Disney princess has ink
Pocahontas is the only Disney Princess who has a tattoo.
2. Snow White's a star
Snow White received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame —the only Disney princess to receive one — in 1987.
3. An ancient Chinese legend inspires Disney
The legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior from the poem “The Ballad of Mulan,” inspired the Disney character.
4. “Ariel” has a rad Hebrew meaning
The name Ariel — from "The Little Mermaid" — translates from Hebrew as “lion of God”.
5. A princess saves a prince
Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" is the first Disney princess to save her prince when she transforms the Beast back into a human.
Why We Love National Princess Day
A. It celebrates healthy personality traits
Princesses are inspiring because they typically kick butt while still being poised, confident, and kindhearted. However, feeling and embodying those traits is not always easy. Thankfully, National Princess Day reminds us to get in touch with our inner princess who’s ready to rule the world.
B. It’s an opportunity to feel special
National Princess Day gives us non-royalty folks a reason to step out of our norms. However you choose to celebrate, thanks to this day, you can dress up, take control and be the heroine.
C. It’s an excuse to treat yourself
If your daily life is similar to Cinderella’s before she meets the prince (you know — chores, having a boss like her awful stepmother, wearing old, lackluster clothes) then National Princess Day is the perfect time to break that cycle. Throw on your glass slippers and treat yourself.