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| We were the Kings and Queens of promise;
We were the victims of ourselves...The remaining monarchies of Europe are seen by many as nostalgic, almost-obsolete nods to the past; they see the monarchs and their families as unrealistically prim and proper, beautiful fairytale characters with absurd fortunes merited only by their sophistication.
The reality is much different: beneath their elegant façades, the European royal families are full of rebellious young people, restrictive rules, and potential scandals. The older generation strives to maintain a respectable image, but it is slipping away.
The most eligible bachelor in Europe is Andrew Harcourt, the Prince of Wales. His parents are pressuring him to find a royal bride and marry her as soon as possible, but his sometimes-girlfriend the Duchess of Manchester refuses to be jilted and plans on making Andrew–and the throne of England–hers. Meanwhile, the King's daughter indulged in a night of drinking at school, one which led to a discreet suspension, but that was not the only consequence. She has returned with a secret that will soon be too monumental to hide: a pregnancy. Worse yet, some influential voices in Parliament are calling for the abolition of the monarchy once and for all, putting the King and his children in a more precarious situation than ever.
Maybe the children of a lesser god...As for the rest of Europe, some monarchs have their eye on Prince Andrew, but others are far more concerned about matters at home.
King Carlos of Spain wants to marry his daughter Feliciana to Prince Andrew, but Feliciana is more interested in exploring all the pleasures of life. She sees plenty of wine and jewelry and a movie-star boyfriend in her future. His younger daughter is painfully shy, but if Carlos has his way, she may find herself the most envied woman in the world.
King William of the Netherlands has other plans for England he is attempting to negotiate a marriage between Prince Matthew and his youngest daughter. His eldest daughter Katarina is to accompany him on his trip to England since he wants to give her as many worldly experiences as possible for she one day will be Queen. William and Katarina's trip proves rather eventful as she catches Prince Andrew's eye, and he makes up his mind to have her. Katarina, knowing of Andrew's past and his attitude issues, refuses his advances. How will the spoiled Prince react when faced with someone who refuses him and is ultimately an unachievable goal?
Queen Louise of Belgium wants nothing more than a quiet, simple life in the country; her ambitious sister Madeleine wants the crown’s prestige and wealth.
Nikolas of Greece, having been reunited with his children in Germany, has resorted to heavy smoking and alcoholism to help him cope with the death of his wife Elizabeth, the King of England's sister. His daughter Sofia-Elene wants to escape the gilded cage of Europe but is being pursued by the love-sick and lonely Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
The King of Norway is unmarried and utterly without an heir and relies heavily on his mother's advice; will the Norwegian monarchy survive, or will his bachelorhood extinguish it?
In Sweden, the King and Queen are likewise without an heir, leaving the Queen feeling sad and empty; and in Denmark, the royal couple's political union is eroding rapidly as a result of the Queen's blatant infidelity. Princess Eva of Monaco feels a similar strain on her own marriage despite her love of the faithless Prince Etienne.
As for the common people, will they decide that they have finally had enough of the continued misrepresentation of their countries by the rich and powerful...or do they respect and admire their centuries-old traditions? Only time will tell.
This is Europe in 2011...and it is not a fairytale.Between Heaven and Hell...
Heaven and Hell.
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