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⚜️⚜️⚜️  The history of royalty from ancient to modern times.

Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony was the third wife of Ferdinand VII of Spain, making her the Queen of Spain from 1819-1829. Historically, royals are notorious for having long names with multiple middle names, however Maria Josepha takes the cake with one of the longest names I’ve seen yet: Maria Josepha Amalia Beatrix Xaveria Vincentia Aloysia Franziska de Paula Franziska de Chantal Anna Apollonia Johanna Nepomucena Walburga Theresia Ambrosia of Saxony.

King Louis VII of France (1120-1180), like many kings before and after him, had to try his luck at marriage multiple. His first wife Eleanor of Aquitaine has outshined him in history books, remembered as one of the richest and most powerful women of the 12th century, as well as the only woman to be both Queen of England and France in her lifetime. The monkish Louis and worldly Eleanor made an awkward pair, and their union was annulled on grounds of consanguinity in March 1152. It was believed their consanguineous marriage and God’s resulting disapproval was the reason the pair only had 2 daughters—Marie and Alix—in their 15 years of marriage. Just months later in May, Eleanor married Louis’s greatest rival, the Count of Anjou, later Henry II of England. Eleanor and Henry went on to have 3 daughters and 5 sons.
In 1154, the French king then married Constance of Castile. The couple also had just two daughters—Marguerite and Alys. Thinking Louis would never have a male heir, Henry II of England arranged a wedding between his son Lord Henry and Marguerite, with designs to add France to his growing empire. In 1160, Constance died in childbirth.

Just 5 weeks after Constance’s death, Louis married for a third time to Adèle of Champagne. Finally in 1165, at the age of 45, Louis gained his long-awaited son and heir, Philip.

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! 🎊 Who watched or is watching the wedding?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been the center of media attention for months now. Their wedding is set for May 19, 2018. As they pass the time between then and now, the royal couple has been spotted conducting a number of engagements around Great Britain. What do you think of Prince Harry and Meghan? Will you be watching the royal wedding on May 19?

Farah Pahlavi was the third and final wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, and today lives as an exiled Shahbanu (empress). Born in 1938, Farah was 21 when she married the twice-divorced Shah. Early in their marriage, Farah accepted a ceremonial role, however as time passed she began to focus her attention on social causes, including women’s rights and cultural development. She founded Pahlavi University, meant to improve the education of Iranian women. It was the first Iranian university that followed an American model.
In 1967, Farah became the first woman to be called shahbanu (empress) in over a thousand years. The Shah further exalted her position by naming her regent in the case of his death before their son turned 21.
Life changed for Farah and Reza in 1979 when the Iranian Revolution forced them into exile. It was the Shah’s presence in the United States that led to the famous Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. In July of 1980, the Shah died in Egypt. The following year, President Ronald Reagan told the exiled empress she was welcome in the U.S. She lived in Connecticut for many years, until her youngest daughter’s suicide, when she moved to a small home in Maryland. Today, she divides her time between Washington DC and Paris, and makes an annual pilgrimage to the Shah’s mausoleum in Cairo.

Although they eventually became parents to four children, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI struggled to consummate their marriage for seven years. The couple married in 1770, ages 14 and 15, and were put to bed the same night by the groom’s grandfather, Louis XV. The young Dauphin may have had the misfortune of suffering from a condition that rendered him impotent. Finally in 1777, Maria Theresa, Marie’s mother, sent her son Joseph to the French court. The situation was soon resolved, either with a surgical procedure, or Joseph intervening. Emperor Joseph concluded that the couple’s marriage had remained unconsummated due to his sister’s lack of interest and Louis’s inability to exert himself. He described the couple as “two complete blunderers.” Whether their troubles were due to disease or lack of desire, their first child was born in December of 1778 and named Marie-Thérèse Charlotte.

Painting depicts Marie Antoinette with her two eldest children.

In honor of #PresidentsDay, here is a photo of Queen Elizabeth II dancing with President Gerald Ford during a visit to the White House in 1976. Just as they began to dance, the band began to play “The Lady is a Tramp.”

Catherine of Valois was born in 1401 to King Charles VI of France. From a young age she was destined to marry Henry V of England, even after the English king laid a claim on the French throne and invaded. The two eventually met personally, and the king was enamored with Catherine. In 1420, a peace treaty was made acknowledging Henry V of England as Charles VI’s heir. Catherine and Henry were soon married.
Things changed quickly for the new couple. In December of 1421, they welcomed a baby, the soon to be Henry VI, and in August of 1422 the king died during the siege of Meaux in France before he could meet his son. 21 year old Catherine was left a widow, a dowager queen, and mother to a baby king.
The rules for Catherine’s remarrying were determined by her brother-in-law, Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester. A bill was passed in 1427-8 stating that the queen could only remarry with the young King’s consent and that this consent could not be given until he came of age. He was still only 6 years old.

Despite all this, Catherine secretly married Owen Tudor around 1431. They had at least four children, including Edmund and Jasper Tudor. Edmund would go on to father the future Henry VII of England, the first Tudor king of England.
Catherine died in January of 1437 while living in Bermondsey Abbey.

In 1920 Princess Hermine Reuss of Greiz was left a widowed mother of five. Her circumstances changed not long after. In January of 1922, one of Hermine’s son sent birthday wishes to Wilhelm II, the exiled former German emperor. Wilhelm invited Hermine and her son to Doorn, Netherlands, where he was staying.
Both Wilhelm and Hermine were recently widowed, and found they had much in common. Despite objections from his children, the 63-year-old Wilhelm married 34-year-old Hermine on November 5, 1922. Even though he had abdicated from his role as Kaiser, Wilhelm continued to use royal titles, allowing Hermine to style herself Her Imperial Majesty The German Empress, Queen of Prussia.
Of all of Hermine’s children, Wilhelm took special interest in Henriette who came to be known as “the general.” In 1940, he arranged a marriage between Henriette and his grandson Prince Karl Franz of Prussia. They would have three children and divorce in 1946.
Wilhelm died in 1941 and Hermine returned to Germany. After her death she was buried at the Temple of Antiquities in Potsdam, Germany, where Wilhelm’s first wife was also buried.
Above photo: Hermine, Wilhelm, and Hermine’s daughter Henriette.

Shihuangdi, or Zhao Zheng, lived during the third century BCE and was the founder of China’s first unified empire (one that ironically collapsed just four years after his death). He ascended to the throne of Qin at age 13, at a time when it was the most powerful state in China. By 221 BCE, he had made his final triumph over the six rival states of China and established one unified empire.
During his time as emperor the Great Wall was built, universal standardization was established, and feudal power was abolished. He was known to summon dozens of magicians, and go in search of them, to help him find the elixir of immortality. Confucius scholars condemned this behavior, and the tension between the emperor and scholars culminated in the famous burning of the books in 213 BCE, when all books not dealing with agriculture, medicine, prophesies, or historical records were destroyed.
He was famously buried with more than 6000 terra cotta warriors in a 20 square mile complex.

Louis XV and Marie Leszcyńska, king and queen of France, had ten children within ten years as a couple. Of the ten children, there were eight daughters, the Dauphin, and a son that died young. These daughters of Louis XV have collectively become known as Mesdames. From eldest to youngest they were Louise-Elisabeth, Anne-Henriette, Marie-Louise, Marie-Adélaïde, Victoire, Sophie, Thérèse, and Louise.
The sisters were known to keep a close eye on their father’s mistresses. Madame de Pompadour knew to keep the girls at a distance. Madame Louise-Élisabeth, the eldest, was the only to get married, in 1739, to a son of the King of Spain. Later in their father’s reign they were described as bitter, old hags who passed the time knitting and gossiping. When their nephew, the future Louis XVI, married Marie Antoinette the aging sisters guided the future queen as they were senior ladies of the court, however a rift arose between Marie Antoinette and Adelaide and it’s believed that Madame Adélaïde was the first to call her “the Austrian.”
As the French Revolution approached in 1789, Madame Adélaïde and Madame Victoire, fled to a former residence of Madame de Pompadour. Their other sisters had all passed before the revolution began. In the 1790s, they fled to Italy, where Victoire died in 1799 and Adélaïde in 1800.

Happy New Years Eve from me and Queen Elizabeth II! 2018 has a lot in store for the royal family, with William and Kate expecting a baby, Harry and Meghan planning their wedding, and rumors that the queen may be retiring from her public duties. What are you most excited to see?

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