Vanessa Hudgens is back (times three!) in Netflix‘s follow-up film to the original 2018 hit, The Princess Switch. The sequel, aptly titled The Princess Switch: Switched Again, sees Hudgens reprise her roles as Princess Margaret of Montenaro and baker Stacy, but she also takes on the role of Fiona, Margaret’s scheming cousin.
The Princess Switch 2 takes place two years after the first film, and this time around, Stacy and Prince Edward are still living their happily ever after in a Belgravian castle, but not all is well with Margaret and Kevin, who broke up after an accident left Margaret in line for the throne. In an attempt to reunite the couple, Stacy invites Kevin and his daughter to the palace for the holidays, but an unexpected guest arrives, too: Fiona, who has plans of her own for Christmas.
While The Princess Switch 2 freshens up the plot with another Vanessa Hudgens, the setting remains the same. We’re back in the gorgeous, snow, festive country of Belgravia, which looks so perfect it might as well be the inside of a snow globe. And that got us thinking — is Belgravia a real place?
Here’s everything you need to know about the setting of The Princess Switch 2:
IS BELGRAVIA A REAL PLACE?
Yes and no — The Princess Switch 2 takes place in the fictional country of Belgravia, which does not exist, much like The Princess Diaries’ fictional Genovia. But, there is a very real Belgravia that’s not a country, but rather a neighborhood in London, England. The real location is a wealthy area with streets lined with townhouses, embassies and gardens. According to Airbnb, Belgravia is known for its boutiques, parks and museums, and is described as residential, quiet and fashionable. And while the country of Belgravia is the fictional setting of The Princess Switch 2, the London neighborhood is featured onscreen in another project, the TV series Belgravia.
WHERE WAS THE PRINCESS SWITCH 2 FILMED?
If the country of Belgravia isn’t real, then where did The Princess Switch 2 film? Well, they didn’t go to the city in London, but they did stay in Europe. The movie shot mostly in Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, and according to The Edinburgh News, The Princess Switch 2 filmed at locations including Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith, Hopetoun House, Parliament Square and Glasgow Cathedral — and Hudgens will be back in Scotland again for The Princess Switch 3, which is also planning to film in the country beginning next year. While The Princess Switch used a Romanian castle for Prince Edward’s home, Hopetoun House, a country house located near South Queensferry, stood in for Karolyi castle in the second film.
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