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Princess Number 1: My daughter at her high school graduation. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

It’s rare that I post a photo on Facebook that gets more than 100 “Likes.” But this one did. That face, that smiling face in a sea of caps, is my daughter, graduating Asheville High School with the Class of 2013.

What parent would not be proud? And what father does not call his daughter a princess? What makes my daughter different, however, is that I have proof.

This photo, snapped in 2000, proves that my daughter is a princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Since this past Thursday, when my princess graduated, through next Thursday, my world has been — and will be — full of princesses.

Yesterday, nearly all of Sweden tuned in to watch a beautiful ceremony as Princess Madeleine married a US-British financier in Stockholm.

Monday, I leave for London to watch a near-princess, Kate Middleton (a duchess, in fact), christen a princess, the Royal Princess. The latter, as you well know, is a 3,600-passenger new-generation ship for Princess Cruises.

Among the special features found on board is a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water; the new Princess Live! television studio; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.

I’ll begin reporting about the Royal Princess from Southampton as soon as I step on board, which will be Tuesday afternoon. In the meantime, check out these posts:

Six Types Of People Who Would Enjoy A Royal Princess Cruise: Are You One? and 51 Royal Princess Photos & The Regal Princess Float Out

A Royal Princess arrives in Southampton. Royal Princess will be officially named in Southampton on Thursday, June 13 by The Duchess of Cambridge. Photo courtesy Princess Cruises


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