Prince Charming in Italian

Prince Charming in Italian: Translation

Principe azzurro
Prince Charming

Literal translationLight blue prince
IPA pronunciation/ˈprintʃipe adˈdzurro/

Charming is translated into Italian as affascinante or splendido, but it doesn’t work here. I’m sure fairy tales are packed full of charming princes, principi affascinanti, but there’s only one Prince Charming, and in Italy, he’s a… “light blue prince”.

(Could be MCU’s Loki. Tee-hee.)

Why light blue?
Light blue was the traditional color of the House of Savoy, a royal dynasty in medieval Italy.

a royal prince smiling and looking at the reader

Prince Charming in Italian: Examples

Il principe azzurro salvò la principessa dal drago.
Prince Charming saved the princess from the dragon.
(Notice how you don’t have to capitalize the noun in Italian!)

Il principe azzurro è un personaggio che compare in molte fiabe popolari.
Prince Charming is a character that appears in many popular fairy tales.

Did you know?
Il principe is also a book by the Italian writer Niccolò Machiavelli.

Another common adjective that goes with principe in Italian is cadetto (cadet). A principe cadetto is any prince born into a royal family who isn’t the first-born.

Principe cadetto
Cadet prince

For example, you can say:

Il principe cadetto prenderà in moglie una principessa.
The cadet prince will marry a princess.
Literally: The cadet prince will take a princess as his wife.

Il principe azzurro comparve su un cavallo bianco.
Prince Charming appeared on a white horse.

Il principe azzurro risveglia la principessa addormentata con un bacio.
Prince Charming wakes the sleeping princess with a kiss.

Esistono fiabe dove è la principessa a salvare il principe azzurro?
Are there any fairy tales where it is the princess who saves Prince Charming?
(Yes, there are.)



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