Believe it or not, it’s been fifteen years since the release of The Princess Diaries. The movies, which truly brought Anne Hathaway into Hollywood, are near and dear to many of us. We know we wanted a long lost relative to show up and tell us we were actually the princess of some far off country.
The movies were super successful (because they’re amazing) so we decided to round up the fifteen things we learned from the films in honour of its big day.
1. Julie Andrews is queen
And not just of Genovia. For those of us who hadn’t watched Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, or any of her other films, The Princess Diaries was the introduction of Julie to a younger generation. We’re so grateful.
2. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
Okay, so this is an Eleanor Roosevelt quote, but it was made relevant by the films. It’s a very important message to learn. Plus coming from Joe we know it’s from the heart.
3. Eyebrows are important
Before the fierce brow days of Cara Delavigne and Lily Collins, Paulo taught us that Mia’s brows needed to be perfection. Plus we were blessed with the ultimate brow compliment: “You have beautiful eyebrows, we’ll call them Frida and Khalo.”
4. Chris Pine
Need we say more? He was only in the second movie, but what a great addition he was. The Princess Diaries: A Royal Engagement, was one of Chris’ first movies and introduced him to a young female audience that has been pining after him ever since. (See what we did there?)
5. Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you
In the original film Mia spends her time pining after Josh Bryant. Although he’s only interested in her after her royal heritage is revealed (red flag) and she goes for it. What we learn from Mia is that the boy who was always in front of her was the best choice. Hopefully we don’t have to make that mistake for ourselves.
6. Best friends have your back
Although Mia made a few mistakes over the course of the films, Lilly always had her back. Even when she missed her guest appearance on ‘Shut Up and Listen,’ Lilly’s talk show. Lilly and Mia were the original best friend goals.
7. Pizza with M&M’s is delicious
If you haven’t tried the strange combination, we recommend it. Chocolate with cheese? Heavenly. Plus who can top Mia’s pizza apology.
8. We need feminism
Julie Andrews wasn’t having any of that sexism in her country. After it’s declared that a queen has to marry to rule (ridiculous) Queen Clarice fights it! It’s Mia, though, that has the law overturned. Because a woman can rule as well as any man.
9. Follow your heart
Although Mia was told she had to marry in order to be queen, she knew that marrying Andrew would be a mistake. Letting him out of the engagement to follow her own heart (to Chris Pine!) was a powerful message. Plus it is Chris Pine…
10. Mattress surfing would be the ultimate bridal shower activity
We know we’ve wanted to reenact the mattress surfing scene since we saw it in theatres. If Julie Andrews can do it (so gracefully) we want to try. Add a few drinks and it sounds like the perfect idea?
11. The cucumber does nothing
Paulo was our beauty guide before we knew we wanted one. His advice and sassy comments are invaluable.
12. Jerks are always jerks
Although Mia trusts Anna, Lanna, and Fontanna in a moment of dire need, they don’t come through for her. Mia learns an unfortunate lesson that we all have to learn: some jerks stay jerks forever.
13. Foot popping kisses are the best kind
Mia was always committed to finding the boy that would give her a real kiss. Although we might not always have our foot pop, we now know that this is the true mark of a kiss with a soul mate.
14. You can have fun in any situation
Mia’s world was turned upside down when she found out that she was a princess, but that didn’t slow her down. She learned to embrace herself and have fun with everything. Including her princess lessons.
15. Miracles Happen
So we might not all be princesses but what we’ve learned from Mia is that “miracles happen when you believe.” (Sorry we couldn’t resist).