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Photos: Royal marriages to commoners

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  1. King Jigme of Bhutan and Jetsun Pema

    When people mention a commoner marrying into royalty, the most recent couple to come to mind may be Prince William and Kate Middleton but they're not the only royal/commoner pair to cause a stir. Here are a few other couples that found love outside their social class.

    King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan holds the hand of Queen Jetsun Pema, a 21 year old student at London's Regent College, after their wedding on October 13, 2011. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Prince William and Kate Middleton

    Britain's Prince William married Kate Middleton, a commoner with coal-mining roots, on Friday, April, 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. Upon their nuptials, the couple were titled the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Alastair Grant / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Duchess of Alba and Alfonso Diez Carabantes

    Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James-Stuart, the Duchess of Alba, married for the third time at age 85 on October 5, 2011 in Seville, Spain. Her new husband is Alfonso Diez Carabantes, a 61-year-old civil servant. (José Manuel Vidal / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock

    Prince Albert II of Monaco and one-time Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock were married on July 1, 2011. The couple met when Charlene traveled to Monaco for a swimming competition in 2000. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling

    Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel meet the general public as they appear on the Lejonbacken Terrace after their wedding ceremony on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. The couple fell in love while Daniel served as Victoria's personal trainer. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Princess Sayako and Yoshiki Kuroda

    Princess Sayako Kuroda of Japan married Yoshiki Kuroda, a commoner, on November 15, 2005 and lost her royal title as a result. (Issei Kato / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Crown Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano

    Spain's Crown Prince Felipe kept his relationship with journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano under wraps until they announced their engagement in 2003. They were married on May 22, 2004. (Heribert Proepper / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby

    Crown Prince Haakon married single mother Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on August 25, 2001. Mette-Marit's wild past in Oslo caused some concern among the royal family and general public but their opinion of her rose after she admitted to her past wrongs a week before the wedding. (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Prince Nikolaos and Tatiana Blatnik

    Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik, an event planner for fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, were married in Saint Nicolas church at the island of Spetses on August 25, 2010. (Studio Kominis / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. King Abdullah II and Rania al Yassin

    Jordan's King Abdullah II and Rania al Yassin met at a dinner party in January 1993 and were engaged two months later. The two married on June 10, 1993. (Nasser Ayoub / Royal Palace via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta

    Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and Máxima Zorreguieta, an investment banker, married on March 30, 2001. (Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson

    Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wave to well-wishers from the balcony at Amalienborg castle in Copenhagen after their wedding ceremony at Copenhagen's cathedral on May 14, 2004. Mary, an Austrailian marketing consultant, met Frederik at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. (Odd Andersen / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. King Hussein and Elizabeth Najeeb Halaby

    Born to an Arab-American family, Elizabeth Najeeb Halaby met King Hussein while working in Jordan on urban planning and design projects. She converted to Islam upon marrying Hussein on June 15, 1978 and changed her name to Noor al-Hussein. The two had a happy marriage until the King died of cancer in 1999. (Rabih Moghrabi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

    Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, married Sarah Ferguson on July 23, 1986. The marriage didn't last and after four years of separation the couple filed for divorce in 1996. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly

    Prince Rainier III of Monaco met American screen legend Grace Kelly during a photo shoot in 1955. The two married a year later on April 19, 1956 in what the press called "The Wedding of the Century." They remained happily married for almost 30 years until Grace had a stroke while driving, resulting in a deadly car accident. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  1. Image: Bhutan Celebrates As The King Marries
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