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We can’t think of a better instructor in our princess
lessons than Julie herself. Thankfully, the spunky, spirited and always
entertaining characters she’s played on the big screen—and, yeah, her real-life
self, too—are right-on when it comes to how any perfectly poised princess
(that’d be you!) should act. Ready for school?
Julie’s character Maria in The Sound of Music peps herself
up with a song. Get tuneful yourself, or find another way to bolster your
self-esteem. Then go tackle the world!
While preparing for National Princess Week, Julie’s daughter
Emma researched princesses all over the world. “I was reminded once again of
the extraordinary work that princesses do in the world—the contributions,
causes they champion and the amount of good and service they contribute,” she
says. “I think princesses can be an incredible example to young women on how to
be strong and feminine at the same time.”
“You need your beauty sleep!” says Julie and her daughter,
Emma. “Make a simple princess canopy out of tulle to hang over your bed, or
place a lavender sachet underneath your pillow for the full effect (but it’s
best to forego any peas under the mattress).”
Mary Poppins—practically perfect in every way—is famous for
her no-nonsense approach to life…but still, she knows legit magic when she sees
it, and isn’t afraid to dive right in. Whether it’s the power of friendship,
love or community, know that you can wield a fair amount of magic, too. Just
make sure you use it for good, natch.
“Learn how to step into and out of a carriage (cab, limo,
car) with grace,” Julie and Emma decree. Here’s how: Turn your body slightly
sideways, and step in with the foot closer to the carriage (or car). Bend
forward slightly and lower yourself onto the seat. Draw your outside leg in
after you. You can also keep both legs together and sit first, then draw them
up and in after you. Do the reverse when exiting.
Sure, Julie’s Queen of Far, Far Away was a little misguided,
but still, she did everything she could to help her family thrive. Just…before
you lock someone in a tower, it might be good to get a second opinion. That’s
what besties are for, right?
“Princesses are very mindful of their posture and body
language experts say that good posture portrays confidence and security,” Julie
and Emma say. “So drop your shoulders, stand up straight and hold your head
high. Imagine you are wearing a crown at all times.”
While getting dressed in your best is all well and good,
your best accessory is your smile, Julie says, so wear it proudly.
Sometimes, it’s hard to be nice—just ask Cinderella. But
letting yourself become bitter and nasty because of one event or another is no
way to live life. Push the temptation to morph into mean girl mode aside and
ask yourself, “What would Julie do?” Yep, that’s what we thought.
It would have been easy for Mia Thermopolis to remain an
ordinary high schooler. But it wouldn’t have been right for her to turn her
back on an opportunity to do so much good in the world—and the so-elegant Queen
Clarisse guided her every step of the way. Whether you’re coming up against a
bully or an unfair rule, don’t be so quick to hurry in the opposite direction.
You can make change happen—all you have to do is try.
It’s been 10 years since The Princess Diaries hit theaters for the first time featuring
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