National Princess Day
annually on November 18th (since 2017)
The Swan Princess on November 2nd, 2017
Created by The Swan Princess, National Princess Day exists "to recognize the Princess in each girl, of every age, who deserves to be treated as royalty!" It takes place on the anniversary of the release of the 1994 animated theatrical film, The Swan Princess. Adapted from a German folktale and directed by Richard Rich, The Swan Princess tells the story of Princess Odette, who is taken by the evil sorcerer Rothbart and turned into a swan—she can only turn into human form if she is on the lake at night as the moonlight hits. Rothbart wants Princess Odette for himself, but her love resides with Prince Derek. Together, Odette and Derek work to conquer Rothbart so their love can win out.
A crew of more than 275 animators and artists worked for over four years to animate the film with hand-painted cels. When it was released, it received mixed to favorable reviews. It also lost money, grossing $9,771,658 on a budget of $21 million. Since its release, many direct-to-video films have followed it as part of The Swan Princess series. Inspired by Princess Odette, on National Princess Day we recognize the "princess" in every girl.
How to Observe National Princess Day
There are many ways you can celebrate the day:
- Treat every "princess" in your life like royalty. Do something extra special for your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, or other girls in your life.
- Follow The Swan Princess on social media.
- Subscribe to The Swan Princess newsletter.
- The Swan Princess suggests showing your kindest side to everyone you interact with, wearing the most beautiful thing in your closet, showing the princesses you know the royal treatment, placing fresh flowers in your bedroom, and being confident.
- Watch The Swan Princess or one of its direct-to-video sequels.
- Buy hand-painted cels from The Swan Princess.
- Learn about popular fictional princesses and real-life princesses.
- Listen to or watch Swan Lake, a ballet by Tchaikovsky which was released in March 1877 and is based off the same folktale as The Swan Princess.