The Emperor's New Clothes

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"The Emperor’s New Clothes", one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, is narrated by Dame Joan Collins, DBE for the GivingTales project.

It is a fun story about human vanity and the fear of truth, wisdom, stupidity, naivety and incompetence. It reminds us of the never-ending human desire for power, material things and good position in the society. The main starter in the story is the Emperor’s weakest spot and that is clothes. The other starters of the plot are the conmen who wanted to take advantage of the Emperor’s weak spot to earn money. The time is not specific but, as in all fairy tales, everything happens once upon a time in a castle.

"The Emperor’s New Clothes" was released on April 7th, 1835. The original title in Danish: "Keiserens nye Kléder".