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Old 02-07-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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A prince from another country used to be the norm. Prince Henry married Princess Catherine of Aragon for example. It kept the royal blood royal and strengthened bonds between countries.
The time period to your question is critical. A little search in history, and you could find out.
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Old 02-07-2016, 02:15 PM
 
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-- Who does a princess usually marry?

Whom.
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Old 02-07-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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Perhaps the Duke of Earl? Would be fitting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Uht69h8Is
As someone else mentioned it depends on historical context. Usually someone very affluent in todays age. In past times usually dynastic ruling families for political reasons.
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Old 02-07-2016, 04:02 PM
 
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So much depends upon historical time period, royal house, precedent and other factors.


Early on marriage for princesses was the same as for nobles and anyone else with money; it was more about family avarice and or crown (government) policy than anything else. Men and women were often betrothed before they left the nursery, married as children (though not often consummated until later), and that was that. All unmarried young females at that time were legally property of their fathers who could force them into marrying anyone. Even after the RC church cracked down on "forced" marriages girls (including princesses) often couldn't marry where they wished.


Once a husband had been assigned the girl (princess or whatever) had better make up her mind to it as things were going to happen. Refusal could provoke her being locked-up, beaten and flung about the room until she came to her senses. Lady Jane Grey is one famous example of such behavior.


Generally with royal or noble daughters the idea was to marry equally (other royalty in case of princesses) or perhaps a level or two down in the peerage (a duke, marquis, etc...), or even a high ranking military man. If the prospective husband was dead common that could be changed by a monarch. A father of a princess might grant various titles and styles to a "common" SIL to raise him up, and or the monarch of the man's home country might also do the same. Point was to make him more worthy of marrying royalty.


In nearly all royal houses it was the monarch who decided who married whom. Also certain rules known has "house laws" governed marriages. Many German royal houses and the Russian (Romanovs) had house laws that not only required the consent of monarch but royalty could not marry a commoner. Commoner in that sense meant anyone else who was *NOT* royalty including nobles such as dukes or whatever.


The whole idea of dynastic marriages was in part to keep bloodlines *pure*, that is unsullied by common blood. Hence you see time and time again brides and grooms fetched from Germany to supply spouses for the thrones of Russia, Great Britain and elsewhere.


Germany before unification was full of small royal "kingdoms" that while some were no bigger than Central Park, they at least fit the qualifications of being royalty. Some of these German royal families were just as poor as their subjects/peasants, but again they were royalty so in the marriage market a prince or princess of said house might find a "prize". Princess May of Teck came from such an impoverished German royal family: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_of_Teck However Princess Mary hit the royal matrimony lottery by marrying a future king of GB.


It was actually Queen Victoria who broke the ice regarding dynastic marriages, at least in Great Britain. HM allowed one of her daughters to marry a peer over the loud objections of Prince Albert. QV pointed out that the nation was getting tired of dynastic marriages and that they often didn't serve any purpose besides making the prince or princess in question (usually the latter) miserable. Princess Louise was perhaps the only one of QV's daughters who got to marry the man of her choice for love.
https://historyatrandom.wordpress.co...uropean-union/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_intermarriage


The result of all this intermarriages of royalty is that the various European monarchies are or were tightly inbred both within their own realms and outside. After all there are but so many royal houses of Europe and pretty soon every House has married at one time or another into each other.
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Old 02-07-2016, 04:17 PM
 
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She usually marries "the handsome prince." And they live happily ever after.
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Old 02-07-2016, 04:22 PM
 
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She usually marries "the handsome prince." And they live happily ever after.
Well until the lose their head.
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Old 02-07-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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-- Who does a princess usually marry?

Whom.
That's actually interesting. The Who/Whom conundrum is dependent upon he/him. If the reference is to he it is who and whom if it is him. How did I not know that?

I suppose you want a rep for that?
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:04 PM
 
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Donald Trump?
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:09 PM
 
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She usually marries "the handsome prince." And they live happily ever after.


Think the late Diana, Princess of Wales would take exception to that that; however she wasn't a royal princess by birth.


In fact the royal stage is littered with princesses whose marriages ultimately ended in their demise.


Alix of Hesse Darmstadt of and by the Rhine - Later Empress Alexandra of Russia; murdered


Princess Maria Antoina of Austria - Later Queen Marie-Antoinette of France and Navarre; murdered


Princess Catherine of Aragon - Later Queen Catherine of England - divorced and put away to basically rot to death by Henry VIII.


Elizabeth of Hesse Darmstadt and of by the Rhine - Arrested, imprisoned, beaten, shoved down a mine shaft/murdered.


And so it goes....


Another of the more famous disaster of a marriage for a princess (and others) was Marguerite de Valois seen here in the fictional account from film La Reine Margot:




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MYnqDIzHGI


Marguerite de Valois had no interest in marrying Henri de Bourbon et Navarre, but her mother and family thought differently.


Being rather strong willed the princess thought she could refuse to the end, but was literally "pushed" into the marriage, at least in the film. That shove was meant to cause the princess to make some sort of sound in response to her being asked to accept Henri as her husband. Under the rules of the RC church at that time it was only required persons make a gesture/sign that they accepted (IIRC) and were entering into marriage.


For the record am sure even then the church frowned upon forced and or arranged marriages. But given the reaction to the bishop (having to repeat himself), nor his objections to one of Margaret's brothers clearly forcing her into the marriage one does wonder....

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Old 02-07-2016, 07:36 PM
 
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Many princesses were also used as glorified bargaining chips. If a King had designs on an alliance with another kingdom (for financial reasons, for power over a common enemy, or whatever), he might promise his daughter to a son of the other King (or even to the King) to seal the alliance. Pimping out a daughter might seem cruel, but unfortunately they viewed princesses with much less regard than they did princes, especially in families where there were already enough potential heirs produced. The larger the royal brood, the less picky the monarch got when it came to marrying off the youngest daughters. If the alliance forged via this marriage goes sour (as they often did), the poor princess was often stuck in the middle.
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