Hello, Angela, and thank you so much for hosting me today! It’s been wonderful to get to share the word about COURTED, and indulge in all things royal. Though COURTED is set in a fictional country on the edge of Greece, today I thought I’d chat about that “other” royal family… in England! Here are five fun facts you may not have known.
1. They do have a last name!
Okay, so you probably suspected this, but according to tradition, anyone whose style is "HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) Prince or Princess" does not require a surname, or last name. But in the case of the royal family, they can use the name “Mountbatten-Windsor” if needed. Royals are typically known by their Royal house. In COURTED, the last name of Prince Kristos is “Andris.”
2. They pull surprise announcements on each other, too
While the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton, didn’t come as a huge surprise, the actual announcement of it was done publicly just hours after Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip, were informed. Just as well the Queen didn’t learn about it on Facebook…
3. The once and future Queen?
Queen Elizabeth is considered a “Queen Regnant”, meaning she rules in her own right (as opposed to her husband ruling for her.) Phillip is her consort. When William assumes the throne (eventually), Kate will not be a ruling queen, but instead will be considered “Queen Consort”. Another fun fact: Queen Elizabeth has ruled for 60 years. The only English monarch to beat that record? Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years.
4. Being a commoner queen isn’t completely uncommon
Kate Middleton wasn’t the first commoner to marry into the royal family. Anne Hyde was the first to do so, marrying King James II in 1660. Life isn’t always easy for commoners becoming queens, but it certainly seems like a challenge worth considering!
5. It’s good to be the Queen! Especially a Queen who knows James Bond.
The Queen played a starring role in an introductory sequence to kick off the Olympic games in 2012, held in London. Her appearance in the pre-recorded film footage began with James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, walking into Buckingham Palace surrounded by corgis to pick up the Queen, who was sitting at her writing desk. They proceeded to exit the castle, hop aboard a helicopter, fly through London and then skydive into the stadium together.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen was "very happy" to take part and was "delighted to be asked to be involved in something so exceptional".
Well, I should think so!
While I’m not a “royals watcher,” there is just something about a royal family that makes me smile… and that’s part of what led me to feature a royal family in my new Gowns & Crowns series, starting with COURTED! I hope you enjoyed this peak into the world of the royals, and if you get a chance to read the book—thank you for reading!
Determined to get clarity, Emmaline accepts a friend's offer for a whirlwind European vacation. First Stop: a real live fantasy kingdom—the perfect place to sort wishes from reality.
Prince Kristos Andris was a respected captain in his nation’s military… Was. In the wake of the tragic death of his elder brother, he's managed to avoid his duties as the new Crown Prince of Garronia for months. But now he must accept his responsibilities and leave his troops behind. Outraged at the restrictions of his new royal position, he'll do anything for one last adventure. So when opportunity suddenly lands in his arms in the form of a dreamy-eyed American girl, he embraces it (and her) for all he's worth. What's the harm in a quick fling, after all? It won’t change what he knows he must do…
Only this is Garronia in the summertime, where passion has a way of ruining even the most sensible of plans.
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Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series as well as the modern royals Gowns & Crowns series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. In addition to her work in romance, she is also Jenn Stark, urban fantasy author of the Immortal Vegas series, and Jennifer McGowan, YA author of the Elizabethan spy series The Maids of Honor. She is truly NOT trying to become 27 Jennifers, but it’s getting a little dicey.
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