Royalty Who Wait: The 21 Heads of Formerly Regnant Houses of Europe

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McFarland, Jun 1, 2001 - History - 248 pages
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Only seven European monarchies remain intact today; all are constitutional monarchies. Four empires and 16 kingdoms have disappeared in Europe during the last two centuries. The Bourbon kingdom in France vanished first, in 1830; the Greek kingdom most recently, in 1973. Former sovereigns still consider themselves to be kings. Princes, dukes and counts remain, possessed of far-reaching connections to currently reigning monarchs. For some of them the path to headship of the royal houses has been complicated, taking many twists and turns. Two world wars caused the greatest attrition in monarchies. Exile has been bitter for some, happier for others, but in and out of exile the heads of royal families live well. Many are successful in business and as financiers. Many are enthusiastic followers of sports. Some manage large estates; others are still trying to regain royal properties. The chapters are arranged in the chronological order in which the kingdoms disappeared. This book profiles twenty-one heads of formerly regnant houses of Europe, set in historical perspective, and recounting varied life styles, occupations, and interests. At the end of each chapter is a chart or set of charts depicting the line of succession of the headship of the house.

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H R H Henri Count of Paris
H R H Ernst August Prince of Hanover Duke of Brunswick
H R H Duarte Duke of Bragança
H R H Franz Duke of Bavaria
H R H Maria Emanuel Margrave of Meissen
H R H Karl Duke of Württemberg
H I H Ertugrul Osman Prince of Turkey
H M Leka I King of the Albanians
H R H Vittorio Emanuele Prince of Naples
H M Michael I King of Romania
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The late Olga S. Opfell was a former college teacher and newspaper reporter and the author of multiple books. She lived in Torrance, California.

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