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Sissi – favorite empress of Austria

Sissi - favorite empress of Austria

Sissi – favorite empress of Austria

Duchess Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie was a Bavarian princess, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I. She became the Empress of Austria on April 24, 1854 (date of marriage); on June 8, 1867 she became Queen of Hungary. Her family and friends called her Sissi. She was the most beautiful Empress of Austria. Her life was one of the few stories of true love among the monarchs, which became one of the favorite plots for books and movies.
Elisabeth was born on December 24, 1837 in Munich Palace. She was the second daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria (1808-1888) and Marie Ludovika Wilhelmine (1808-1892), daughter of the King of Bavaria, Maximilian I. The newborn girl had a tooth. According to legend it means a happy life. Napoleon also had a tooth when he was born. Queen Elizabeth of Prussia became the godmother of the girl. Sissi spent her childhood in Munich in the summer estate where she had her own menagerie. Elizabeth’s parents lived in their own way. Duke Maximilian rarely spent his time with the family and children were educated by their mother.
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Princess Diana – Diana Spencer

Princess Diana - Diana Spencer

Princess Diana – Diana Spencer

Diana, Princess of Wales was the most charismatic and publicly adored member of the British royal family. From 1981 to 1996, she was the first the wife of Prince Charles of Wales, heir to the British throne. She was widely known as Princess Diana, Lady Diana and Lady Di. In 2002, according to the survey, Diana took the third place in the list of one hundred greatest Britons in history. She became the most photographed woman in the world.
Diana, Princess of Wales was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the third of the Lord and Lady Althorp’s four children. Her parents got divorced when she was very young. In 1976 the Earl Spencer married Raine Legge, the daughter of British romance novelist Barbara Cartland. His children and their stepmother had a stormy relationship. Diana went to a private girls’ school in Switzerland. When she returned to England, she worked as a kindergarten teacher.
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Louis XIV – Sun King

Louis XIV - Sun King

Louis XIV – Sun King

Louis XIV was an important king in the history of France. He was called “the Sun King.” He brought the French monarchy to its peak of absolute power and made France the dominant power in Europe. His reign is also associated with the greatest age of French culture and art.
Louis was born on September 5, 1638 at Saint-Germain into the family of Louis XIII and his wife, Anne of Austria.
On May 16, 1643, his father died and Louis became King of France at the age of five. The country was governed by his mother as regent and at the age of 17 he ruled the country alone. However, he was carefully guided by Cardinal Jules Mazarin, who had been the protege of Cardinal Richelieu. After the death of Cardinal Mazarin in 1661 the young king declared that he would rule on his own, without assigning a first minister.
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Cleopatra VII – Queen of Egypt

Cleopatra VII - Queen of Egypt

Cleopatra VII – Queen of Egypt

She spoke nine languages, was a good mathematician, and had a great head for business. She used her intelligence and her beauty to hold on to power. She was a queen of ancient Egypt and wanted to make her country more powerful.
Cleopatra was born in 69 BC in the city of Alexandria in Egypt. She was the second daughter of King Ptolemy XII. When her father died in 51 BC, 18-year-old Cleopatra was supposed to rule Egypt with her 15-year-old brother, Ptolemy XIII. Her brother’s supporters drove Cleopatra from power. In 47 BC Caesar defeated Ptolemy XIII’s forces, and Cleopatra returned to the throne.
When Ptolemy died, Cleopatra married her 11-year-old brother, because she couldn’t rule alone by law.
Cleopatra lived with Julius Caesar and gave birth to their son Caesarion.
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King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

King Edward VIII gave up the throne because he was in love.
He was King of England for only one year, 1936. After his abdication Edward VIII (1894-1972) was Duke of Windsor.
The eldest son of George, Duke of York, and his wife, Princess Mary of Tech, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born on June 23, 1894, at Richmond Park, Surrey.
In order to prepare Prince Edward for his future responsibilities, his parents decided to have him trained for the Royal Navy. In 1907 he was sent to Osborne and from 1909 to 1911 attended the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
In 1911 he was invested as Prince of Wales in an impressive ceremony at Caernarvon Castle, Wales. In 1912 he was sent to Oxford to complete his education.
The eldest son of George V, Prince Edward (known to his family as David) was very popular with the British people.
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