"Elizabeth, with the conscious simplicity of dress and ornament she affected at this time, was the rural Cinderella of Hatfield."
Cinderella. Illustration ny G.P. Jacomb Hood for 'The Blue Fairy Book' 1889
Public DomainCinderella. Illustration ny G.P. Jacomb Hood for 'The Blue Fairy Book' 1889 - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The story of Cinderella, sometimes called The Little Glass Slipper, is one of the most popular and enduring folk tales.  Its central theme of the victory over injustice and oppression, through circumstance, has echoed, through many versions, all over the world from early times.  The story tells of how a young girl, forced into servitude and poverty is rescued, with the help of magic in the form of a fairy godmother, to marry a handsome prince with whom she lives happily ever after.  In many productions Cinderella is portrayed as beautiful but ragged, while two of her oppressors, the so-called ugly sisters are, by contrast, far from attractive but are dressed in expensively gaudy style. 


Her simple working clothes cannot disguise the pure beauty of Cinderella, as Elizabeth, younger than her sister Mary, in her simple clothes, outshone the Queen.  Unlike Cinderella, however, the Princess Elizabeth was no put-upon servant.