Celebration will take place April 22-April 28, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 31, 2011) â€” World renowned actress, singer and best-selling childrenâ€™s author, Julie Andrews, in collaboration with Target and The Walt Disney Company is announcing the creation and inaugural launch of National Princess Week beginning April 22, 2012.
This unprecedented collaboration highlights Julie Andrewsâ€™ longtime dedication to nurturing every childâ€™s unique spirit, as demonstrated throughout her career on stage, screen and through her childrenâ€™s book endeavors. With the support of Target and Disney, National Princess Week will celebrate the sparkle and imagination of every princess â€“ real, aspiring or imagined.
â€œSo many children fall in love with the whimsical wonder of princesses and all the goodness that they represent,â€ said Ms. Andrews. â€œJoining Target and Disney to host this annual event nationally will help us to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness that lies within every child.â€
The event coincides with the 10-year anniversary of â€œThe Princess Diaries,â€ starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, and the special two-movie collection of â€œThe Princess Diariesâ€ and â€œThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagementâ€ â€“ available for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray.Â Target and Target.com will feature an array of Disney Princess merchandise highlighting beloved princess characters such as Ariel, Cinderella and Snow White â€“ from apparel, toys and books, to CDs, movies, personal care items and stationery. The week will also highlight the newest release in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling â€œThe Very Fairy Princessâ€ childrenâ€™s book franchise, â€œThe Very Fairy Princess Here Comes the Flower Girl!â€ co-authored by Julieâ€™s daughter and writing partner, Emma Walton Hamilton and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
â€œJulie Andrews is an icon for children who love the magic of fairy princesses,â€ said Casey Carl, Targetâ€™s senior vice president, hardlines. â€œOur first National Princess Week will give Targetâ€™s guests a chance to have a â€˜princess experience,â€™ and take home their favorite princesses and accessories.â€
Ms. Andrews will be honored with theÂ Prince Rainier III Award for her outstanding contribution to motion picture, television and theater arts during the Princess Grace Awards Gala on November 1 in New York City. The award is presented to eminent artists who have not only been highly successful in their careers, but have made significant humanitarian contributions to their fields. All award recipients receive a $25,000 grant, which will be donated to select charitable organizations benefiting children.
â€œWe are all excited about the existence of a royal tradition, and I hope that Princess Grace would have been pleased to know that there will be a week that celebrates the sparkle in each one of us – and the belief that dreams can come true,â€ says Ms. Andrews.