10/20/2011 10:14 am ET Updated Oct 25, 2012

Royals And Commoners: 10 Weddings That Challenged Tradition

Unless you had royal blood running through your veins, marrying Prince Charming used to be the stuff of fairy tales.

But as we’ve seen with the recent royal wedding in Bhutan--the Dragon King wedded an ordinary university student, and then there was that ho-hum British wedding back in the spring--some fairy tales really do come true.

From the most scandalous unions to the most adored, the royal-commoner 10 couples below defied centuries of tradition by tying the knot. As they've shown, you don't necessarily have to be of royal descent to marry a royal anymore.

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