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Margaret of Valois – French princess

Margaret of Valois – French princess

Margaret of Valois – French princess

On August 18, 1572 there was a crowd at the Cathedral of Notre Dame waiting for the wedding of the French princess Margaret of Valois and Henry, King of Navarre. People risked their lives to glance at the celebration. They also wanted to look at the bride, who had already become famous for her love affairs and conquered the hearts of contemporaries with her beauty.
The name Marguerite of France, Marguerite of Valois, the famous queen Margot, the most beautiful woman of her time, the youngest daughter of Henry II and Catherine de Medici, is surrounded by many legends. The girl was named in honor of her great-aunt – Margaret of Navarre, who was called “the pearl of all pearls”, because Margaret means “pearl”. But, as it turned out, the brilliance of the new pearl had surpassed the shine of the old one.
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Grace Kelly – famous actress and Princess

Grace Kelly - famous actress and Princess

Grace Kelly – famous actress and Princess

Grace Kelly was one of the most famous women of the XX century, the beloved symbol of the little principality, famous Hollywood actress. Once she was able to change the life of a state. Thanks to Grace a lot of businessmen and celebrities returned to Monaco. But her death is still a solid mystery, and even numerous investigations, publications, books and attempt to make a film could not shed light on this mystery.
Beauty Grace went down in history as the famous American actress, Oscar winner, as well as the wife of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. These facts of her biography are known worldwide. But only a small circle of close friends and relatives knew she had the ability to foresee and even knew in advance about her fate. According to her relatives Grace often foresaw disasters and misfortunes happened to her family and friends.
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Franz Joseph I – Emperor of Austria

Franz Joseph I - Emperor of Austria

Franz Joseph I – Emperor of Austria

Franz Joseph I (August 18, 1830 – November 21, 1916) was an Emperor of the Austrian Empire and King of Bohemia from December 2, 1848, Apostolic king of Hungary from December 2, 1848 to April 14, 1849 (1st time) and 13 August 1849 (the 2nd time). On March 15, 1867 he became the head of Austro-Hungarian monarchy. He ruled for 68 years.
He was the eldest son of Archduke Franz Karl and Princess Sophie of Bavaria. During the Austrian revolution of 1848 his uncle abdicated, and his father refused the inheritance rights in favor of his son and 18-year-old Franz Joseph I became the head of a multinational power of the Habsburgs. Franz Joseph I was well-read man and spoke Latin, English, French, Italian, Polish and Czech. Emperor patronized geographical research, supported the development of the industry.
In 1854 Franz Joseph married Bavarian princess Elisabeth, known in the family circle as the Sisi. She didn’t get on well with Franz Joseph’s mother Archduchess Sophia of Bavaria. As a result she had nervous breakdown. Since the 1860s the Empress spent her time traveling, rarely met with her husband.
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Adolf Hitler – German dictator

Adolf Hitler - German dictator

Adolf Hitler – German dictator

Adolf Hitler was a German dictator who led the extreme nationalist and racist Nazi party and served as chancellor-president of Germany from 1933 to 1945.
Adolf Schicklgruber was born on April 20, 1889, in the small Austrian town of Braunau. His father, Alois, was a customs official, and his mother, Klara, was a gentlewoman.
As a teenager Adolf was rebellious and in 1905 he left formal education. Then there were long years of dilettante, aimless existence, reading, painting, wandering in the woods, and dreaming of becoming a famous artist.
After the death of his mother in 1907, he moved to Vienna in an attempt to enroll in the Academy of Fine Arts. His failure led him into a period of deep depression and seclusion. Later he returned to Munich.
When World War I began in 1914, he joined the German army.
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Pharaoh Tutankhamen

Pharaoh Tutankhamen

Pharaoh Tutankhamen

Tutankhamen was a pharaoh of ancient Egypt in the 1300s BC. He was the twelfth King of the Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty. Today he is famous because of the many treasures found inside his tomb in the 20th century.
He became pharaoh when he was still a child and died at about age 18. There are two most popular theories about his death. According to one version he was killed and according to another he broke his leg, and the infection got into the wound led to the death.
It is believed that the young Pharaoh’s father was Akhenaton, who was married to Nefertiti. Akhenaton also had wife Kira who supposedly gave birth to Tutankhamen.
Tutankhamen married one of the six daughters of Akhenaton and Nefertiti. By the way, the real name of Akhenaton was Amenhotep IV.
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Elizabeth II – Queen of England

Elizabeth II - Queen of England

Elizabeth II – Queen of England

Elizabeth II is the reigning Queen of England from 1952 to the present. She became the Queen on February 6, 1952 at the age of twenty-five, after the death of her father, King George VI. She is the longest reigning monarch in the history of the UK. Elizabeth is the oldest head of state in Europe. She is the head of the British Commonwealth of Nations and the Queen of fifteen independent states: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Canada, New Zealand, Papua – New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Jamaica. She is also the head of the Anglican Church and the supreme commander of the Armed forces of the UK.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926 in London, UK. She comes from the Windsor dynasty. In 1930, Princess Margaret, the only Elizabeth’s sister, was born. Elizabeth received a good education at home. She studied history of the constitution, law, religion, art, French and was engaged in horse riding. In 1940 she gave her first radio address.
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Catherine of Aragon – Queen of England

Catherine of Aragon, the Dowager Princess of Wales. Portrait by Michel Sittow, 1503-1504

Catherine of Aragon, the Dowager Princess of Wales. Portrait by Michel Sittow, 1503-1504

Catherine of Aragon was the daughter of the founders of the Spanish State Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, the first wife of King Henry VIII Tudor, mother of Queen Maria I. After twenty-four years of marriage, due to the lack of a male heir, Henry insisted on the cancellation of the marriage with Catherine. It was one of the causes of the conflict between Henry and Pope, a break with the Roman Catholic Church and the Reformation in England.
Catalina de Aragon y Castilla was born on December 16, 1485 in the castle of the Archbishop of Toledo in the town of Alcala de Henares located near Madrid. She was the youngest child of Catholic Kings – Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. Her childhood coincided with the period of Renaissance in Spain. One of Catherine’s mentors was Alessandro Geraldine, who, together with his brother Antonio was one of the most famous humanists of his time. The girl studied heraldry and genealogy, history, canon law and civil law, classical literature, ancient literature and languages – in particular Latin and Greek.
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