How Old is the Prince in Snow White?

The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and their adventures is a familiar tale to all. The story of Snow White, a Grimm’s Brother fairy tale about the beautiful princess, was originally written in German. It dates back to the 1850s. 

It contains all elements of magic. Seven dwarfs were born without names. They were named in 1912 Broadway and later in 1937 Disney Movie. We are all familiar with the latter. This is the Disney version of the story:

Snow White: The Real Story

Snow White is the child of a King and his queen. After naming her, her mother, the Queen, dies in childbirth. The King marries a beautiful, but wicked, woman a year later. She has the magical mirror. Every day, the Queen asks the question, “Magic mirror, who is fairest?”

The Mirror answers that it is the Queen until Snow White turns 7. The Queen is jealous and envious of her stepdaughter. She orders a huntsman to take her to the forest to kill her and restore her heart. The huntsman cannot kill Snow White, but he leaves her in the forest.

Snow White finds the house that belonged to the dwarfs. Unbeknownst to its original owners she enters and cleans it. She then sleeps in the most comfortable bed. After learning her story, the dwarfs find her and take her in. Snow White is a beautiful, elegant maiden ten years later. The Queen also asks her mirror the exact same question. The mirror gives the same answer. Mirror also tells Queen where she lives!

The Queen, dressed as an old, gloomy peddler, goes to Snow White. The Queen laced up a corset so tightly that Snow White faints. But the dwarves arrive just in time to free her from the corset. The Queen disguises herself as a comb-seller and attempts to kill her using a poisoned toothbrush. 

The dwarves save her again. Finally, she disguises herself as a village woman to give her a poisoned apple that looks unique and delicious. To prove her trustworthiness, she eats half of the apple. Snow White immediately dies after eating the other half. They can’t revive Snow White so they put her in a glass casket.

The prince falls in love with the deceased woman and comes to her aid. It is strange, but it is true. He brings her back to his palace and, while she is being transported, his servants drop Snow White. The apple is taken from her throat and dislodged, thereby reviving him. The prince marries the princess, and they make the Evil queen dance in hot-iron shoes until her death.

They are happy ever after. This is the true version. It is much more bloody than the Disney version. The Queen is killed by lightning and the Prince wakes Snow with True Love’s kiss. Here’s a portion of the Disney version:

Snow White’s Prince Florian: How old is he?

Prince Florian, also known as “the Prince”, is the main male protagonist. The Grimms Brother’s 1857 reissue would have meant that the Princess was at most 17 when she “died”, and met the Prince. However, there are many who claim that Snow White was 14 when all this happened.

This question was brought up by @diordeaux, a Twitter user. He did some research and found that Snow White and Prince Florian actually had a 17-year age gap! Although Snow was just 14 years old, Prince Florian was 31.

@diordeaux was the original tweeter and calculated that Snow White (and Prince Florian) have a 17 year age gap. Snow White is 14 years old, while Prince Florian is 31. This tweet, now deleted, was published in 2019 and became viral in less than a minute. Some demanded the police be called, while others pointed out “other questionable aspects” of the story, except for the fact that it mentions the huge age gap. Here’s an example:

The same fact was highlighted by this twitter as I mentioned above. According to the final version, Snow White is 17 years old. The Prince’s age is not mentioned. The age of the prince is speculation. The most disturbing fact in the story is the one that this user mentioned. He was said to have kissed a dead girl, but This “speculated age gap” is not something I am concerned about.

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