Stop me if you've heard this one before. Ariel, Rapunzel, and Cinderella walk into a courtroom...
Nope, not a joke. Just a real-life fairy tale ending for one five-year-old little girl in Grand Rapids, Michigan, whose adoption was finalized last week before a royal audience filled with princesses (and one prince)!
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What happened was this: Danielle Koning's foster parents Sarah and Jim were in the last stages of a long adoption process, and they wanted to make the final proceedings memorable for Danielle—a little girl who LOVES her some Disney princesses! And so—bippity boppitty boo!—that's exactly what they did.
"It was a special situation that really snowballed out of a request from Danielle's caseworker," Laura Mitchell, executive director of the foster care program at Samaritas, explained to Pop Sugar. "One of other caseworkers kind of looks like Cinderella, so she said, 'Would you mind going to the hearing and dressing as Cinderella?'"
Fairy godmother alert!
When word began to spread about the princess takeover, other co-workers decided to get in on the regal surprise as well. The final guest list reads like a Magic Kingdom Who's Who: Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Rapunzel, Elsa, Belle, Snow White, and of course, Prince Charming.
"Danielle has really been unsettled about what's going to happen to her, because for the longest time we couldn't tell her 'Yes, you're staying here, and we're not going anywhere,' because we didn't know," mom Sarah explained to BuzzFeed. "So, making it so special and something she'll really remember, it makes it really final in her mind. It makes it feel like, this is it. This is where I'm staying. This is my family."
Awww, so sweet! In fact, even judge Patricia Gardner played along, whipping out a big red bow for her head and then revealing a Snow White costume under her robe. She even placed a shiny red apple on her desk—talk about getting into character!
And yes, that's TWO Snow Whites if you're counting.
Kind of a missed opportunity for the judge to rock a two-piece as Princess Jasmine, don't you think?