A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend Disney’s Princess Parade to officially welcome Rapunzel from Tangled to the Disney Princess family.
Despite being an October weekend in London, it was the most gloriously sunny day and there were hundreds of people gathered in Kensington Palace Gardens, where the parade took place, wearing tiaras and running around excitedly – and that was just the grown-ups!
Everywhere you looked there were mini Rapunzels with flowing golden locks. Too cute!
I particularly love this picture, taken by Lady Eruname, of one little Rapunzel having a flower put in her hair.
But it wasn’t just Rapunzels who attended – there were also Cinderellas, Auroras and Jasmines, oh my!
I also spotted a couple of big princesses too – I love these Ariel and Esmerelda cosplay outfits!
(For more Disney cosplay check out my post from San Diego Comic Con 2011)
Don’t Rain on My Parade
Like one of real Disney parades that take place in the Disney Parks, the parade was opened with a banner. The screams as these two maidens made their way through the park were enough to make you think Justin Bieber was about to pop out behind them!
Each Disney Princesses arrived in an authentic horse-drawn carriage, reminiscent of the one that Princess Catherine and Prince William left Westminster Abbey in after the Royal Wedding. The carriages were accompanied by liveried coachmen, straight out of a fairytale!
Next we saw Cinderella, who had to hurry away pretty quickly before her carriage turned back into a pumpkin.
Rapunzel looked gorgeous, if slightly nervous – well, being inducted into the Disney Princess family can be a pretty hair-raising experience!
By the way, did you notice anything about the order in which the Princesses turned up? It was the order their films were released in!
Snow White (1937)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
After the parade there was a party at The Orangery restaurant in Kensington Palace, where they laid out a pink carpet!
Here’s me and Maximus hanging out at the Parade – check out my tiara, yo!
And look what I spotted! All ten Disney Princesses packaged and ready to take home in a little (well, not that little!) carry-case. Those Disney folks move pretty quickly!
Princess Jasmine at the Disney Princess Parade
Fit for a Princess
If you missed the Disney Parade, don’t worry – there are plenty more opportunities to catch princesses around London! Here are my top picks:
It’s still worth heading down to Kensington Palace for their incredible Enchanted Palace exhibition, where you can discover the history of the seven princesses who lived at the palace. There are activities for kids (and big kids) too. The Orangery is also open to the public and does an enchanting afternoon tea!
Or how about catching the BFI‘s ‘Disney 50’ festival at the Southbank where, over the course of 2011, they are showing all 50 of Disney’s animated films, including The Princess and the Frog and Tangled.
Or, if you’re patient, just keep an eye out in Kensington for Princess Catherine – I hear she likes Topshop 😉