Merida is Officially a Disney Princess

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Merida and the Disney Princesses

Rosie McClelland (front left) and Sophia Grace Brownlee (front right), TV personalities from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," pose with the newest Disney Princess, the brave and passionate Merida, and the rest of the Disney Princess royal court at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Photo: Business Wire)

A Disney Princess isn’t officially a Disney Princess until she’s been inducted into the ‘exclusive’ club with a ceremony at the Magic Kingdom welcoming her into the Royal Court. And the newest member of the club is Brave‘s Princess Merida who was introduced as a Disney Princess during a ceremony held at the Disney World Resort timed to coincide with Mother’s Day festivities. Gymnastics Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas hosted the event accompanied by her mother, with Merida accompanied by her mother Queen Elinor.
 
“As a Disney Princess, Merida sets an admirable example for all, being brave, strong, passionate, determined and confident,” stated Brave producer Katherine Sarafian. “When Queen Elinor placed the crown on Merida’s head, it signified a moment of deep connection, as a mother recognized the spirit, heart and true personality of her daughter. It’s moments like these that encapsulate what is special about being a princess, but also resonate with mothers across the world.”
 
“I admire Merida for being determined and courageous as these are qualities that have had a big impact on my own life and helped me achieve my goals as an athlete,” said Gabby Douglas. “And like Merida, I have a strong relationship with my mom, whose support and belief in me has helped me recognize my own inner princess qualities. It’s really special for us to be here and share in Merida’s celebration, especially on Mother’s Day weekend.”
 
Scottish dancers and a pipe and drum band led the parade to the entrance of Cinderella’s Castle, with Merida arriving astride her horse, Angus. Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland entertained the crowd which included young girls from Give Kids The World, a “70-acre nonprofit “storybook” resort where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong cost-free family vacations.”
 
Source: Disney

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