Vanesa is a native and resident of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a 35-year-old historian who likes history in general and biographies in particular. Other interests are folk music, folk gastronomy, music, and books about the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries worldwide.
They are loved and hated, praised and criticized, presented as the sign of a more democratic era or the proof of modern decadence: they are the commoners who marry royals. This article does not tell their personal stories; instead, it analyzes the rarely treated issue of why royal marriages to commoners occur so often nowadays and what could be their possible consequence for the future of the monarchies in which it happens. This issue touches on the future development and ultimate survival of monarchy itself.