Royal Facts

People has been obsessed with royal families since the beginning of time. They were the ancient celebrities, and they still are. They are people born in golden palaces with thousands of servants and that can't end up quite right. It did in some cases, and it turned out badly in several others. Monarchies have their own rules and traditions, and they can be very bizarre for us. They also have a history of cruelty and, in less cases, love. We gathered fifty unknown facts and stories about that people that once ruled the World, and still does in a way. Bow down and take a look.

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AN AMERICAN KING

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There was actually a King that was born in the United States of America, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. His father was studying at Harvard when he was born in 1927.

A DUTCH PRINCESS IN CANADA

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Princess Margriet of The Netherlands was born in Canada, since her family had to fly across the ocean to escape the Nazis. In order to allow her to be a Dutch citizen, they declared the hospital where she was born International Territory.

THE QUEEN’S HAMLET

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Queen Marie Antoinette had, just outside the grounds of the Versailles Palace, a farm where she would grow her own herbs and breed her own animals, like a regular farmer. Regular farmers were not so happy with this.

WATCHING OVER

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When William of Orange, King of England and Ireland in the 1600's, tried to finally consummate his marriage with Mary II, his uncle was in the same room encouraging him.

AN EMPRESS GAME

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Roman Empress Valeria Messalina had an alleged hunger for sex. This hunger was so big that she had a second job as a prostitute, and she would often compete with other prostitutes to see who could handle more clients.

CHEAP QUEEN

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During the famine that stroke Ireland in the nineteenth century, the sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid I said that he would send ten thousand pounds to save the irishs, but Queen Victoria asked him to send only one thousand, since she had sent two thousand and he would make her look bad.

TO THE END OF THE LINE

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We usually think that in all monarchies the heir is the eldest son and sometimes daughter, but in Perak, a state in Malaysia, the crown rotates among three different families, so the son of the current sultan is always the last in line.

THE KING AND THE DICTATOR

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King Juan Carlos of Spain was named by the dictator that ruled Spain at the time, though his father was the rightful king. He has resigned to the throne a few years ago, being occupied now by his son, King Felipe.

SAVED BY THE DRESS

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King Charles VI of France once attended a masquerade with his entourage, all dressed up as "savages". Since their clothes were flammable, the contact with a torch caused a fire that killed all but the king, who was saved by a girl who used her dress to extinguish the fire.

THE REAL DRACULA

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Considering his portrait and his nickname, Vlad the Impaler was a guy to be afraid of. He had the not so nice tradition of impaling his enemies and in fact everyone who dared to disobey him.

TUTANKAMON

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The mummy of king Tut was deteriorating, so they had to take it to Paris to examine it. They even made him a passport that said "King" in the occupation field and was received with full honours.

KEEPING HIS WORD

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When King Conrad III was attacking an enemy castle, he said to the women that he would let them scape with whatever they could carry on their backs. They then escaped with their husbands on their backs and the king had to keep his promise.

CONECTION

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King Harald was the one that could unite Scandinavians. He had a tooth that turned blue after an injury, and that's why they called him Bluetooth. The technology that is used to unite different devices is named after him.

THE LANGUAGE

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Although Korean language has been around for over 1,500 years, it wasn't until 1440 that King Sejong created the korean alphabet. Till that day korean was only a spoken language.

THE LAST EMPEROR

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There has been several emperors throughout history, and we know most of them, But did you know that there's still a living and ruling emperor? He is Emperor Akihito of Japan.

CALIGULA

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Kings are often said to be appointed by God himself, but emperor Caligula took that to a whole new level. He considered himself a god, and replaced the heads of all the god's statues with his own.

MADE OF GLASS

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Kings often consider themselves invincible. That wasn't the case of Charles VI (Yeah, the one that survived the fire) he had a mental condition that made him believe that he was made of glass, so he wouldn't move unless it was absolutely necessary.

INBREEDING

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Royal inbreeding is not a novelty. Kings and Queens often married members of their own family to keep the royal blood. King Charles II of Spain, for example, was the son of an uncle and a niece. That caused him severe deformities.

KING TONINO

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Tavolara is the smallest kingdom in the world. This 5 square kilometre island is ruled by King Antonio Bertoloni, a fisherman and restaurant owner. He has to look after eleven inhabitants and over a hundred goats.

MARKER OF THE SWANS

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Queen Elizabeth II owns every swan that swim in the Thames. And she of course has to keep account of them, and that's the job of the Marker of the Swans, who counts and protects the Queen's Swans.

Prince Hans-Adam II

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Almost every country in the world is trying to get rid of their Royals. Except Liechestein. Prince Hans-Adam II is not only Europe's last absolute monarch, he is also very loved: The people voted to give him more power.

CRAZY JOAN

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Queen Joan of Castile was so in love and obsessed with her husband that she carried her dead body everywhere and was even allowed to open the coffin and kiss the corpse.

THE NUMBER

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By the year 2017, there were thirty one countries still ruled by some kind of monarchy. This list includes princesses, princes, emperors, sultans, Emirs, Kings and Queens. Some of them have more power than others.

ANDORRA

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Andorra is a small country in Europe, and it has two co-princes. One of them is a bishop, appointed by the Pope, and the other the serving president of France. They have no power whatsoever. At least not in Andorra.

A PRINCE FOR MONACO

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According to a agreement they signed hundreds of years ago, if the Principality of Monaco doesn't have any male heirs, the lands and state go back to France. Luckily for the Grimaldi family, the heir is already born.

KING OF CAMBODIA

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The King of Cambodia is single and doesn't have any children. But that's not a problem in his country, since there's no successory line: The king is chosen by a special council.

A CZECH SPEAKING KING

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Another fun fact about Norodom Sihamoni, current King of Cambodia: He speaks czech, which makes him the first czech speaking monarch since Ferdinand I of Austria, who died in 1875.

KING MSWATI OF SWAZILAND

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King Mswati of Swaziland has a strange… benefit. He can choose a new wife every year. He currently has 15 wives, and women would participate in dances organized to get the King's attention.

NOT EVERYONE AGREE

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But not every girl in Swaziland consider that a honour. A woman called Tintswalo Ngobeni escaped his country and his family because they were trying to marry her with the King. She has become a women's right advocate in England.

WHAT A NAME!

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The Sultan of Brunei is called Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

ONE OF THE RICHEST

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This Sultan is one of the richest monarchs in the world. And not only his name is excessive: He lives in a palace that has 1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, a room for banquets that can hold over 5,000 guests, eighteen elevators, five swimming pools and generally there are over 50,000 lamp bulbs lit at the same time.

LOVE RULES US ALL

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King Harald V of Norway threatened to abdicate if his family didn't let him marry the love of his life, who was a commoner. They did let him do it, and now she is Queen Sonja.

LONG LIVE THE SULTAN

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Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has been ruling Oman since 1970, what makes him the longest serving monarch in the middle east. He is currently 77 and hasn't named any sucesor yet.

WALLIS ET FUTUNA

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Wallis et Futuna is a group of three islands that belong to France. Despite being only 274 square kilometres, they are divided in three kingdoms, each one with a King that don't have too much power.

GIVING BIRTH

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Royal births were a huge event back in those days. Over 200 people attended the birth of James Stuart, making his mother Mary of Modena quite uncomfortable, considering that she already had survived eleven miscarriages before James was born.

MARY ANTOINETTE

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But Mary of Modena wasn't the one that suffered during labour. Marie Antoinette of France was almost killed by the crowd that attended the birth of one of her children.

TO THE RESCUE

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In 1492 all jewish were banned from Spain and began to being persecuted by the Crown. Sultan Bayezid, who was obviously muslim, sent the entire Ottoman navy to rescue the jewish people.

YOUNG

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You are never too young to rule a country. Mary, Queen of Scots, for example, became queen when her father passed away in 1542. She was only six days old.

CRUEL QUEEN

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Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar was so cruel that the population of her country was reduced in half during her reign. She had the strangest ways to torture people and to prove their loyalty.

BEING NICE ALWAYS PAYS BACK

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A French soldier called Jean Bernadotte was nice to some swedish soldiers during the war and became a hero in Sweden. He was so popular that he was elected King of Sweden in 1818, because their royal family was dying. Bernadotte's heirs still rule Sweden.

A KILLER INSTINCT

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Prince Sado was not only the heir of the Korean crown, he was also a serial rapist and killer. When his father King Yeongjo of Joseon found out about this, he locked his son in a chest for eight days. When they opened it up Sado was dead.

TOMBS

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The fact that Royal funerals are a big event is not a surprise, but the Han Dynasty took it to a whole new level. They buried their deads in suits made entirely of jade.

THE FIRST ONE

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The first registered case of a regicide, which means the killing of a king, happened in the year 396, when the Emperor Xiaowu of Jin was murdered by his favorite concubine.

THE LAST ONE

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The last regicide so far happened in 1975, when Faisal of Saudi Arabia was beheaded by his own nephew, who a month later was also beheaded in the public square.

THE FAIR

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When King Philip IV of France (Called "Philip the Fair") found out that his three sisters in law were having affairs with three knights of the court, he killed the knights and imprisoned his sisters in law for the rest of their lives.

THE GRANDMOTHER

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Queen Victoria is often called "The grandmother of Europe", as she managed to marry all her children and grandchildren in royal houses throughout the continent, so that almost all existing European royal houses can be rooted back to Victoria.

THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF ENGLAND

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Queen Elizabeth II is the great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great granddaughter of William the Conqueror, and she is related to every English King and Queen since 1066.

A ROYAL GUEST

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A couple was getting married in Manchester Town Hall in 2012 when someone told them that the Queen was having lunch in the same building. They managed to write a letter inviting her to the wedding, and she actually showed up!

KING LAGER

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King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands is known for his drinking. He was called "Prince Lager" when he was young and he even drove his car into a ditch when being wasted.

QUEEN MAXIMA

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King Willem met his wife, Maxima, when they were skiing in Argentina. She was an argentinian commoner and he was the crown prince of The Netherlands. After his father's abdication they became Queen and King.


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