Exaggerated: Princess Alice is a motorcycle racer, mechanic, jet pilot, and bartender, and she refuses to wear a dress or sit in any chair that even slightly resembles a throne.
Downplayed: Didn't Alice spend an hour working at a soup kitchen sometime...when was that?
The monarchy of Tropevania is chosen from a pool of persons who have a certain skill set, because all inter-kingdom conflicts are settled with motorcycle races.
Alternately: Since the average folk spend their lives in one or two careers, the royalty takes pride in learning non-royal things just because they have the time to do so.
Or: Politics can be infuriating, so members of the royal family often dedicate themselves to other pursuits as well as a way to help keep themselves sane. Alice, for example, finds motorcycle races to be a good way of blowing off steam.
Princess Alice doesn't want to be seen as just another pretty face to fill the pages of society magazines, but to be known for something more worthwhile.
The Tropevanians see the royal family as a waste of space, and actually doing something is good for their public image.
Inverted: Stephen is a peasant. He is very lazy and does nothing.
Subverted: Many tales are told of Alice's racing career, but it turns out that she just made them up.
Double Subverted: In the end she stops pretending and actually races her motorcycle, somehow saving the day.
Parodied: Because all inter-kingdom conflicts are settled with motorcycle races, Alice and all Tropevania royals undergo motorcycle training starting from the age of six.
Zig Zagged: Alice loves Pete the Peasant an expert motorcycle repair mechanic. Her father, King Kenneth wants Alice to marry Duke David. David seems to be a useless aristo. Later, Alice discovers that Duke David is an expert weapon-smith and that the Nation needs better weapons. Meanwhile, David's entourage visits the Citadel and includes Wendy the Wench. Pete falls in love with Wendy. Alice takes some bitter sweet that her beloved is happy and does her duty to the State.