Disney Is To Officially Welcome Rapunzel As The 10th Disney Princess

Last month, Disney announced their plans to officially name and honor Rapunzel as the 10th member of the Disney Princess Royal Court in a ‘Rapunzel’s royal celebration’. The star-studded event is to take place on October 2, 2011 at the Kensington Palace in London with a global audience watching as the long-haired heroine is welcomed into the Royal Court by Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana.

Choosing Kensington Palace will be a world first for Disney. It is an ideal location and perfect for the magical event as it has been home to many real life princesses over the centuries. The best known resident in recent years was Diana, Princess of Wales, who occupied apartments in the north-west part of the palace from 1981-1997.

Mary Beech, vice president of girls franchise development and marketing at Disney said:

“Once Rapunzel becomes an official member of the Disney Princess court, she will be celebrated and recognized as such across Disney, and will be included in all Disney Princess products featuring multiple characters, in addition to her own merchandise line. Plus, across all Disney Parks, Rapunzel will for the first time wear her royal tiara, stolen from the kingdom by Flynn Rider in the Tangled.”

All ten Disney Princess characters will take part in the royal celebration and will be joined by VIPs, celebrities and little princesses from across the globe in festivities including a procession through Hyde Park, party activities and a welcoming ceremony.

After watching and re-watching Tangled with my girls, I’m not surprised to learn that the movie is now one of the top ten grossing Disney movies of all time. It has already jumped ahead of Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Cars and Toy Story 2!

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