Can You Match the Queen to Her King?

HISTORY

Kennita Leon

6 Min Quiz

Louis XVI of France

This couple served as the last rulers of France before it became a republic, after the dissolution of the monarchy in 1972. They were held responsible for the shortcomings of the monarchy and were subsequently executed.

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Henry VIII of England

In 1536, Henry married the docile Jane Seymour and a year later, she became the mother of his son, King Edward VI. She died a few weeks later due to postnatal complications, and Henry died in 1547.

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Æthelbald, King of Wessex

Aethbald, son of King Aethelwulf, married his stepmother, Judith, after his father's death. Their marriage was also short-lived, and he died soon after; she remarried Baldwin, Count of Flanders.

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Louis XIII of France

Louis XIII's marriage to Anne lasted for decades but was a strained union due to her many stillbirths. Several years later, she produced an heir who was named Louis de Dieudonne, or "Gift of God."

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Henry VIII of England

Catherine was only a flirtatious teenager when she married middle-aged Henry VIII. Soon after, her playfulness resulted in adultery, and she was beheaded.

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Prince Albert Of Saxe-Coburg

In 1840, Albert married his cousin Victoria and soon became her advisor and secretary during her reign. After his death in 1861, Victoria became severely depressed and never remarried.

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Henry VIII of England

Parr was married to Henry VIII in 1543 and was his sixth and final wife. Henry VIII died in 1547 and was succeeded by his pious wife, Catherine.

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Henry VIII of England

In 1540, Anne married King Henry, but their incompatibility resulted in an unhappy union. Intercourse never occurred, and the marriage was annulled months later.

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Henry V

Matilda met Henry V as a child, and they were engaged and married in 1114 when she was about 12 years old. Henry V died in 1125 and Matilda became a 23-year-old widow until her subsequent marriage.

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King Solomon

The true nature of this relationship has been heavily debated. It is alleged that Queen of Sheba became King Solomon's love interest when she traveled to Jerusalem with great riches, just to meet the King.

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Ratnasimha

Rani Padmini was an Indian queen who inspired many stories of love. The way in which she met her husband, Ratnasimha, was an epic quest in and of itself.

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John Owen Dominis

Dominis became a prince consort after he married Queen Liliuokalani, the final sovereign ruler of Hawaii. She tried unsuccessfully to restore the monarchy, but Hawai became a U.S. state in 1898.

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Julius Caesar

Cleopatra of the Macedonian lineage, met Caesar during the conflict in Rome. The two became lovers, and their short romance produced a son named Caesarion.

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Henry II Of England

Though Eleanor's marriage to Henry produced eight children, it was marred by his affairs. An unhappy Eleanor was exiled for 15 years after trying to leave the marriage.

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King Hussein

Queen Noor is the widow of King Hussein whom she married in 1978. After his death in 1999, she continued her work in urban planning and her activism for children and the environment.

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Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Wilhelmina and Duke Henry were married for decades and had one daughter, Juliana. The marriage was rough due to the Duke's multiple affairs and Wilhelmina's miscarriages.

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Henri de Laborde de Monpezat

In 1967, Princess Margarethe married Count Henri, and they had two sons. She became the second female monarch after Margrethe 1 ruling in 1375.

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Akhenaten

Queen Nefertiti and her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten, were formidable leaders in the art movement in Egypt. They believed in Aten, the Sun God, and built monuments and temples in his honor.

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King Edward the Elder

Queen Eadgifu was the third and last wife of King Edward the Elder, with whom she had four children. King Edward was a powerful leader who conquered land once held by his Danish rivals.

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Constantine IX

Constantine IX Monomachos co-ruled the Roman Empire along with his wife until her death in 1050. The childless couple had affairs throughout their lifetime- Zoe with her attendant​, Michael, and Constantine with his longtime mistress, Maria Skleraina.

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King Henry IV

Marie was the queen consort for Henry IV in 1600 and gave birth to their son, Louis XIII in 1601. She ruled France after Henry's death but was deemed incompetent and sent to confinement by her son when he assumed power in 1617.

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Pedro III of Portugal

Maria, Princess of Brazil, married her uncle, Pedro III, in 1760 and they had six children. Maria was the first monarch of Brazil but suffered a mental illness, and her son, John, took up the throne.

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King George II of Great Britain

Caroline, who ruled Great Britain along with her husband, King George II, was an intelligent woman who led state affairs in his absence. The couple wed in 1705 and had eight children.

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Edward III of England

Phillipa and Edward III were married from 1328 to 1369. Edward was known for his love of combat, and he sought to gain control of France while Phillipa cared for their children.

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Francis II of France

Mary became a teenage widow when her husband, King Francis II, died in 1660- two years after their nuptials. Her misfortune continued when she was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth and executed in 1587.

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Æthelbert of Kent

Bertha was a saint who played a pivotal role in the introduction of Christianity in England, while her husband was the first King of English ancestry to convert.

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King Henry IV

In 1572, Roman CatholicMargaret De Valois married protestant Henry IV as a means of bridging the gap between the rival institution. They continued to use their power to foster tolerance.

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Ptolemy XIII

Ptolemy XIII of the Ptolemaic era, was the husband and brother of Cleopatra, as well as the co-ruler of Egypt. Cleopatra lived until 30 BC, but Ptolemy was killed during the Alexandrian war.

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John I Of Portugal

The 1387 marriage of Phillipa and John I happened after the two first met each other almost two weeks before they were legally married. Nonetheless, they developed a bond and Phillipa birthed nine children.

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King Septimus

Zenobia was married to Odaenathus in 258 until he and his first son from a previous marriage were mysteriously assassinated in 267. It is alleged that Zenobia orchestrated the murders to gain political power.

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Edward II Of England

This union was not one of love. Edward II was believed to be smitten with his friend Piers Gaveston while the Queen and her lover, Roger Mortimer, successfully plotted and executed his dethronement.

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Henry VII Of England

The marriage of Elizabeth and Henry marked the end of the Plantagenet Dynasty and the beginning of the Tudor Dynasty. Elizabeth later had eight children, four of whom survived.

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Peter III of Russia

Peter III was a despised leader that reigned only for six months before he was dethroned by his wife and her lover in 1762. Peter III was assassinated that same year.

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Richard III of England

Anne became queen of England when she married Richard III in the late 1400s. Her family was against the marriage, either because the two were relatives or due to conflicts with inheritance.

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Henry VIII of England

Anne was the second wife of Henry III and mother of Elizabeth I; she never birthed a male heir and this frustrated Henry. The marriage soon deteriorated and he took on a mistress. Anne was charged with adultery and subsequently beheaded.

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Ferenc Nadasdy

Elizabeth, also known as Blood Countess, was married to Hungarian royalty, Ferenc. Elizabeth, who was known for torturing and killing young girls with the help of her servants, was eventually captured and killed.

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Louis VII Of France

Prince Louis of France wed Eleanor days shy of his reign as ruler of France. Their marriage lasted for 15 years before it was annulled in 1152 and Louis gained custody of their children.

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William III of England

In 1677, Mary reluctantly married her cousin William, which was part of the plan proposed to restore peace between England and The Netherlands following the Anglo-Dutch wars. In 1694, Mary died of smallpox, and William ruled alone until his death from pneumonia in ​1702.

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Henry VIII of England

Eighteen-year-old Henry VIII married his brother's widow, Catherine of Aragon, but by 1527, Henry doubted their union. Catherine was unable to give her husband a male heir, and Henry believed it was punishment for his incest. The pair divorced in 1533.

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King Edward IV of England

In 1464, Edward made an unlikely match with Elizabeth, a Lancastrian widow with two children. During their marriage, Elizabeth bore Edward two sons and five daughters. He died in April 1483.

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Thutmose II

Thutmose II's arranged marriage to his half-sister, Hatshepsut, took place when he was only a teenager. Hatshepsut bore a daughter named Nervure. Thutmose later had a son with his secondary wife, Iset, since Hapshepsut could no longer carry.

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George V

Prince George, Duke of York (the future King George V of the United Kingdom) and Princess Victoria Mary of Teck were married on July 6, 1893, in London, England. They had five sons and one daughter.

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Abdullah II Of Jordan

These two were married in a beautiful ceremony in June 1993. They have four children: Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma, Prince Hashem. Her husband rose as King in February 1999 and proclaimed her as queen in June 1999.

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King Edward VII

This couple married in 1863 and had six children. Their eldest son, Albert, died when he was only 28 years old and Alexandria grieved for the rest of her life. Edward died in 1910 after a series of heart attacks and Alexandra died in November 1925.

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Prince Philip

This couple tied the knot on November 20, 1947, at Westminister Abbey. They first met when Elizabeth was 13 and Phillip, 18. They have four children, Princess Ann, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

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Ferdinand II of Aragon

This marriage was a strategic one, as the court of Aragon wanted to return to Castile and Isabella was in need of assistance gaining succession to the throne. Isabella and Ferdinand had five children together.

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Philip II of Spain

This 1554 wedding was a match made in heaven for Queen Mary, who always desired marriage. Unfortunately, Phillip never shared the same level of affection as Mary and the marriage sometimes faced difficulties. Mary died in 1558, and Phillip married twice more in his lifetime.

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The queens in this quiz were powerful in their own right, but can you name them from a picture of their husbands? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about royal relationships.

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