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Historic Royalty

It is probable that everyone has one - or maybe even a few - royal ancestors. Are you related to royalty? Keep reading to discover photos of your royals. Read more >>

Everyone alive now is probably related to royalty. So say scientists and genealogists. Why? Because the further back in time you go, the fewer people were alive and the more the chance that there was intermarriage/mating. Compound this with the fact that anybody who had children more than a few hundred years ago is likely to have millions of descendants. So royals were related to many others going back historically and going forward in time. And add the fact that royals - men at least - were especially good at procreation and you will find that everyone has at least some royal ancestry.

Here are just a few examples of prolific royalty:

William the Conqueror had nine children. Since, during his time at least, royals only married royals, his legal heirs became connected to almost every royal house in Europe. This means that today, every single European monarch and his or her family, minor royals, tens of millions of Europeans, and over 1.5 million Americans are related to William the Conqueror.

Charlemagne had 20 children. Since none of his children succeeded in keeping his empire intact, they spread throughout the "known" world. It is estimated that half of Europe (around 250 million people), 100 million people in the United States, and another 250 million across the world are related to Charlemagne.

Genghis Khan had six Mongolian wives, many foreign wives, and countless concubines. So his children were probably in the hundreds. In addition, his son and successor had 40 legal sons. His grandson, Kublai Khan, had 22. So today, nearly 16 million men - one in every 200 men on earth - are directly descended from Genghis Khan.

These European and Asian rulers are just a few of the prolific royals through time and throughout the world. And so, nearly - if not all - of the people on earth have their royal blood flowing through their veins. << Read less

A photo of Marie Countess of Lorraine (Princess of Monaco)
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Lady, and a countess:This painting was done in 1599 . The woman in it is Lady Sarah Blount. Countess of Leicester.
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Manuel I o Venturoso, Rei de Portugal, or in English, Manuel I of Portugal. Manuel I was the King of Porugal and the Algarves who was born May 31st, 1469, and died December 13th, 1521. He is most remembered for his achievements in political affairs and the arts.
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Joanna of Castile, aka Joanna the Mad, was the first queen to reign both Castile and Aragon at the same time. She was known for Joanna the Mad because of her mental illness. She was the 3rd child born to Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon. She was also the elder sister of Queen Katherine of Aragon, King Henry the VIII's first wife. She was a very attractive young woman and married Philip of Castile in 1496. She gave birth to 6 children. Joanna suffered from a mental illness known as Schizophrenia. She died in 1555 at age 75.
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Joanna of Castile
Born: Nov 6, 1479
Mary Tudor was the last surviving child born to King Henry the VII and Elizabeth of York. Her brother and her got along well. In fact, he named his daughter after her. She was betrothed to Massimiliano Sforza to help her father fight against the French. However, she married 52 year old Louis XII of France instead. After he died in 1515, she married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and had 4 children with him. She died in 1533 at age 37.
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Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, known as the two princes, were sent to a tower in 1483 but were never seen again, leaving to the conclusion that they were murdered. There were 4 suspects; Richard III, James Tyrrell, Henry Stanford, and King Henry the VII. The princes were the younger twin brothers of Elizabeth of York, Henry the VIII's mother.
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The 2 Princes in A Tower
Born: Aug 17, 1473
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was the only surviving legitimate child born to James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Born in 1542, Mary betrayed her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, but she refused to believe it. But Mary was sent to live in the Tower of London until her execution in 1587. She was 44 years old. Her son, James VI of Scotland, ruled England after Queen Elizabeth died.
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Mary Stuart
Nov 4, 1631 - Dec 24, 1660
Katherine of Aragon was the last surviving child born to Ferdinand of Aragon of Spain and Isabella of Castile. She married Arthur, Prince of Wales in 1502 at age 17. When he died, She married his younger brother, King Henry the VIII of England in 1509. She was pregnant 6 times altogether with only 1 surviving child, Mary I. Henry wanted a son and divorced Katherine, sending her to live in the countryside in 1533. She died there in 1536.
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Katherine of Aragon
Born: Dec 16, 1485
Eleanor of Castile, the first queen consort of Edward I of England, was also the Countess of Ponthieu. Eleanor of Castile reigned as the Countess of Pontheiu reigned from 1279 through 1290, and as the Queen consort of England from November 16th 1272 through November 1290.
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A photo of Brandi Reynolds
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Brandi R. Reynolds
Born: Aug 4, 1974
CA, United States
A photo of Brandi Reynolds
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Brandi R. Reynolds
Born: Aug 4, 1974
CA, United States
A photo of Brandi Reynolds
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Brandi R. Reynolds
Born: Aug 4, 1974
CA, United States
A photo of a painting of Princess Carolina of Parma Saxony
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Carolina Maria Teresa Giuseppa Parma
Nov 22, 1770 - Mar 1, 1804
A photo of Grace Patricia Kelly
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Grace Patricia Kelly
Nov 12, 1929 - Sep 14, 1982
A photo of Grace Patricia Kelly
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Grace Patricia Kelly
Nov 12, 1929 - Sep 14, 1982
A photo of Queen Victoria of the British Empire - smiling! Born in 1819, photography became available to the masses (and popular) during her reign. Victoria died in 1901 at the age of 81.
A recently discovered color photo of King Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He reigned from Victoria's death in 1901 until his death in 1910.
Edward was only 12 when he and his younger brother Richard were taken to the tower of London and disappeared on July 1483 - it was presumed that he was smothered by a pillow by order of his uncle Richard Duke of Gloucester.
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Edward v Plantagenet
Nov 2, 1470 - around 1483
Prince Henry was only 4 when sadly perished after an accidental fall while standing on a chair after he saw his mother was coming home on February 26, 1904. He was described as suffering from hemophiliac.
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Prince Henry of Prussia
Jan 9, 1900 - Feb 26, 1904
Princess Maria was only 4 when she sadly perished from smallpox on February 26,1783.
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Maria Cristina of Naples
Jan 17, 1779 - Feb 26, 1783
Maria Theresa was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II and Princess Isabelle of Parma. Maria Theresa sadly perished from an illness called pleurisy on January 23, 1770 at age 7.
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Maria Thersea of Austria
Mar 20, 1762 - Jan 23, 1770
Maria Johanna was the eleventh child and ninth daughter of Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresea of Hungary. She was described as a good-natured child and sadly perished from smallpox on December 23, 1762 at age 12.
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Maria Johanna of Austria
Feb 4, 1750 - Dec 23, 1762
Maria was born with feet first and was described as a weak baby and sadly perished just after her birth on September 17, 1748 without being baptized.
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Maria Carolina of Austria
Sep 17, 1748 - Sep 17, 1748
Archduchess Maria Carolina sadly perished from what is now called spasmophilia on January 25, 1741 at age 1 year
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Maria Carolina of Austria
Jan 12, 1740 - Jan 25, 1741
Archduches Maria Elisabeth became ill with stomach cramps & started vomiting then sadly perished on June 7, 1740 at age 3 years
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Maria Elisabeth Amalia Agathe
Feb 5, 1737 - Jun 7, 1740
Older daughter of Prince Phillipe Count of Flanders, Princess Marie of Hohenzollern. Older twin of Princess Henriette of Belgium. Princess Johanna sadly perished on January 18, 1871 at age 1 month & 19 days at Brussels, Belgium.
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Josephine Marie of Belgium
Nov 30, 1870 - Jan 18, 1871
Son and heir of King Leopold I & Princess Louise D'Orleans. Louis sadly perished from mucous membranes on May 16, 1834 at age 9 months.
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Louis Phillipe of Belgium
1833 - May 16, 1834
Second daughter and child of Prince William Duke of Clarence and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. Princess Elizabeth was 6 weeks premature then sadly perished from a fatal disease of the bowels on March 4, 1821 at age 2 months & 25 days
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Elizabeth Georgianna Adelaide
Dec 10, 1820 - Mar 4, 1821
Prince Alfred sadly perished from smallpox on August 20, 1782 at age 22 months
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Alfred of Great Britain
Sep 22, 1780 - Aug 20, 1782
Child of George III & Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz. Prince Octavius sadly perished from a smallpox virus on May 3, 1783 at age 4.
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Octavius of Great Britain
Feb 23, 1779 - May 3, 1783
A painting of Charlemagne (also known as Charles the Great) united a great portion of Europe in the Middle Ages.
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A photo of Alexandra, Princess of Denmark, Queen of the United Kingdom, Empress of India, wife of King Edward the VIIth (Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent of Queen Victoria). My 4th Great Grandmother
Alice Elizabeth Wass nee Blakesley meeting Queen Mary: This photo was my grandmother meeting Queen Mary. it was taken at an army barracks somewhere in the south of England. My grandfather Harry Wass was in the military.
A photo of Walter John King with the future King of England, Albert
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A photo of Antoine Ier (Antonio) GRIMALDI de MONACO
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Antoine Grimaldi
around Jan 25, 1661 - around Feb 20, 1731
A photo of Archduchess Theresa Benedicta Of Wittelsbach Austria, Prinzessin
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The Shah of Iran in New York city in 1950, accompanied by Princess Ghodsee (wife of a diplomat) and a bevy of beauty queens.
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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Oct 26, 1919 - Jul 27, 1980
wRPPC With all the old-time historic pomp and pageantry and amid the plaudits of their loyal peoples, Their Gracious Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were crowned within the Abby of Westminster this 12th day of May 1937, whereof this is a memento." Printed on the bottom front is "Queen Mary's Procession with the Princesses. C.C.A."
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Dr Ambrocio Concorde Peres Pulmano & Wife Sipriana Peres Garcia , my Great grandparents, of Unified Germany in 1936: Dr Ambrocio Concorde Peres [Maximilian] Pulmano State name: Emperor Frederick Clemens II of Rome & Oldenburg Sipriana Peres [Wittelsbach] Garcia State name: Queen Anne Sophie Louise of Unified Germany & Windsor Their seventh Son is My Grandfather Braullo [Braulio] Garcia Pulmano State Name: 9th Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden Count of Windsor and Oldenburg Second daughter Alili Abenes Pulmano is my mommy...I am her eldest daughter..I had only one younger sister and no brother.
Howard Carter, born May 9th 1874, died March 2nd, 1939 was an English archaeologist who is best remembered for his legendary discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun of course was the famous 14th century BC pharaoh of Egypt. Archaeologist Howard Carter is seen in this photo with a member of his excavation team (name unknown) posing in front of Tutankhamun's sarcophagus located in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, February 1923.
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Howard Carter
Born: May 9, 1874
Roger North, husband of Winifred Rich. My 14th great grandfather.
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Charles Brandon 1st Duke Of Suffolk and the 1st Viscount Lisle was born circa 1484 and died August, 22nd 1545. His third wife, Mary Tudor, made him the brother-in-law to Henry VIII.
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Painting of Otto I, the Duke of Saxony who lived from approximately 851 through November 30th, 912. Otto I was the Duke of Saxony from 880 until his death.
Margaret Tudor was the eldest daughter born to King Henry the VII and Elizabeth of York. Her father set up a marriage plan for her when she was 6 years old. She married firstly, James IV of Scotland age 13. She only had 1 surviving child by him. When James died, she married Archibald Douglas and settled back in England. It was there that she gave birth to Margaret Douglas. She divorced her husband, realizing he had cheated on her. Then she remarried for the third time to Henry Stewart 1st Lord Methven. She died of a stroke at age 51. Her current descendents are the British Royal Family.
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Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland
Nov 28, 1489 - Nov 18, 1541
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