Long ago, in a far away land, a king and his beautiful queen lived. For many years they had longed for a child, and finally they had a daughter. They called her Aurora (dawn). They gave her this name because she filled their lives with sunshine. Then a great holiday was announced throughout the kingdom. Our story begins on that joyful day.
On this great and joyful day all the kingdom celebrated the birth of the princess. Then the king Stephan and the queen welcomed their friend, King Hubert, and his son, Philip. Stephan and Hubert had always dreamt of uniting their kingdoms. Now they would announce that their children, Philip and Aurora, would be betrothed. (The children were going to get married, so that the two kingdoms would be united)
Then, more guests arrived. The three fairies were announced. Each one had a special gift for the new-born princess. Flora, the first fairy, presented her gift:
My gift will be the gift of beauty.
Then Fauna, the second fairy, said,
My gift will be the gift of song.