Became the constitutional monarch of 16 countries and the Supreme Governor of the Church of England after her coronation in 1953. She became the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Meghan Markle is a former American actress who is a member of the British royal family through her marriage to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. As an actress, she is best known for her starring role of Rachel Zane in the legal drama series 'Suits'. She rose to prominence following her appearance as FBI special agent, Amy Jessup, in the sci-fi thriller 'Fringe'. Debuting in 2000 with a role on the longest-running American soap opera, 'General Hospital', she has acted in television shows, such as 'Cuts', 'CSI: NY', 'Deal or No Deal', '90210', 'Knight Rider', 'Without a Trace', and 'CSI: Miami'. She has also appeared in films like 'Remember Me' and 'Horrible Bosses'. She is a blogger and served as the editor-in-chief of her lifestyle brand 'The Tig' before she discontinued it in April 2017. Collaborating with Canadian clothing company, Reitmans, she released a clothing line for fashionable working women in November 2016. She was appointed a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada in 2016. Moreover, she has worked as an advocate with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Following reports of her involvement with Prince Harry in 2016, she became Google's most searched actress that year. She married him in 2018 in a lavish ceremony that was attended by celebrities from across the globe.
Prince Henry of Wales, KCVO, full name Henry Charles Albert David, popularly known as Prince Harry is the second and youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. When he was born he became third in line after his father and elder brother Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to succeed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne. After William's children, George and Charlotte were born he became fifth in line of succession. He attended schools in the UK and graduated from Eton College. He then went to Africa and Argentina, served an orphanage in Lesotho and a cattle station in Australia. Returning to the UK he joined RMA Sandhurst to undergo officer training and upon its completion he was commissioned as Cornet in the Blues and Royals. He served tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2007-08 where he was secretly deployed as a Forward Air Controller. However when such news leaked he was pulled back and was again deployed in Afghanistan in 2012-13. He left the army as a Captain in 2015 however remains associated with endeavours assisting wounded servicemen. He is also a patron of several charities.
It is not every other day that a ˜People's Princess' is born. She may have left for the heavenly abode quite early than anticipated, but she continues to reign in the minds and hearts of millions across the globe. Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most eminent royal bloods of the 20th century. Coming from an aristocratic patrician family, nobility and kingly spirit came naturally to her. Ever since her birth, Diana held several titles, the most important was the Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales which she acquired after her marriage to Prince <a title='Charles' href='/famous/prince-charles.htm'>Charles</a>, Prince of Wales. Throughout her life, Diana had been actively involved in philanthropic and humanitarian work. She supported organizations that worked for the betterment of people with serious illness and those that assisted homeless people, drug addicts and elderly. Her charming mannerism and contagiously amicable demeanour earned her quite a few nicknames like, ˜People's Princess˜, ˜Princess Di', ˜Queen/ Lady of Hearts' and ˜Lady Di'. Despite her last held title being Diana, Princess of Wales, she was popularly known as ˜Princess Diana' during her days alive and posthumously. Legacy states the power and the prominence of Diana, Princess of Wales at the world forum. She was the ˜world's most photographed woman' during her time and was noted the world over for her compassionate disposition, empathetic temperament, charismatic appeal and unrestrained benevolence. Not to forget, she was a fashionista in the truest sense of the word and known for her impeccable sense of style!
Officially known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She married <a title='Prince William' href='/famous/prince-william.htm'>Prince William</a>, Duke of Cambridge, in April 2011 after dating him for nine years. She is the daughter-in-law of the late <a title='Princess Diana' href='/famous/princess-diana.htm'>Princess Diana</a>.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is the eldest son of <a title='Prince Charles' href='/famous/prince-charles.htm'>Prince Charles</a>, the Prince of Wales. William happens to be the second in the line of succession to the throne, after his father. William was involved in philanthropy since a very early age and used to spend his gap years doing humanitarian work in Chile and some African countries. Initially, William wanted to be an army officer and underwent training for the same. He successfully finished his course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was subsequently commissioned as a second lieutenant. Later, as his interest shifted towards Royal Airforce service, William served his country as a Flight Lieutenant. For some time, William took on the full time duties as an Air ambulance pilot at the Eastern Anglian Air Ambulance, for which he went through intense training. Serving his duties as the eldest son of Prince of Wales, William got appointed as the Counsellor of State. He embarked on a Wales tour with his father and sometime later, did a solo tour. He also happens to be an avid philanthropist and has been involved with many organizations to provide healthcare, food and safety to the less privileged. Right before his marriage to Catherine Middleton, he was honoured with the title the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
Her reign as the Queen of United Kingdom is known as the Victorian Era, for it was her stern and rigid view on morality, and the urge to watch United Kingdom ascend and become supreme and powerful on the world stage that helped define the age! Queen Victoria was one of the most prolific monarchs of the country. She became the longest reigning monarch in England, British and Scottish monarchy, a record that stands till date. It was during her succession to throne that the United Kingdom experienced a massive expansion in almost every sphere - be it technological, communication or industrial. The underground railways that have become an integral part of British transportation system have its foundation dating back to the Victorian era. Similarly, loads of bridges, roads and rail lines that are present today first came into form under her rule. Industrial and technological feats apart, she worked to transform the face of United Kingdom by eradicating poverty and diminishing class difference. The literacy rate also experienced a massive rise during her reign.
The second child and first daughter of England's <a title='Prince William' href='/famous/prince-william.htm'>Prince William</a> and his wife <a title='Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge' href='/famous/kate-middleton.htm'>Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge</a>. Her name, which honors her paternal grandfather <a title='Prince Charles' href='/famous/prince-charles.htm'>Prince Charles</a>, her great-grandmother <a title='Queen Elizabeth II' href='/famous/elizabeth-ii.htm'>Queen Elizabeth II</a>, and her grandmother <a title='Princess Diana' href='/famous/princess-diana.htm'>Princess Diana</a>, was announced to the public one day after her birth.
Elizabeth I was undisputedly one of the greatest monarchs of England who ruled the country from 1558 to 1603. Popularly known as the Virgin Queen, her 45 years of reign marked a glorious epoch in English history. Contrastingly, when Elizabeth took over as the Queen of England, the country was at its weakest self”economically bankrupt, religiously torn and politically endangered by the greater powers of France and Spain. Furthermore, her position itself was vulnerable given the fact that the world awaited her marriage and birth of her progenies to reinstate her husband/child as the actual ruler of the nation. Nevertheless, Elizabeth I had other plans. Instead of bowing down to the pressure, Elizabeth singularly ruled from the front. Her shrewd intelligence, sharp wit and headstrong determination helped her sail England through the tough times. She not just established the Church of England securing a compromise between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, but helped England bag one of the greatest military victories against Spain by defeating the Spanish Armada. It was also during Elizabethan era that English literature flourished at its best, led by the giants William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and Edmund Spenser. Overall, she was a legendary ruler who led England towards peace and stability.
Henry VIII of England was the King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. A son of Henry VII, he was the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, succeeding his father. An arrogant and autocratic ruler, he brought about radical changes in the English Constitution and greatly expanded royal power, asserting the King's supremacy over the Church of England. During his reign he earned the title of 'Father of the Royal Navy', as he was known for his love of maintaining a strong naval force with several warships built with the latest technology and fitted with modern guns. He is also credited to have built the first naval dock in Britain at Portsmouth. Politically ambitious, he was aided by several prominent figures like Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Richard Rich, and Thomas Cranmer in the implementation of his plans. Henry VIII was notorious for his cruelty and was so obsessed with his powers that he routinely quashed dissenters by executing them without even a formal trial. He was so ruthless that he even had several of his former favorite ministers executed when they fell out of his favor. Henry VIII was equally notorious for his six marriages and several scandalous love affairs.
Queen of Castile and Leon who helped to reorganize the governmental system and brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years. She supported and financed Christopher Columbus' voyages to the Americas.
First son of <a title='Prince William' href='/famous/prince-william.htm'>Prince William</a> and <a title='Catherine Middleton' href='/famous/kate-middleton.htm'>Catherine Middleton</a> and the third in line to the throne after <a title='Queen Elizabeth II' href='/famous/elizabeth-ii.htm'>Queen Elizabeth II</a>, his grandfather, and his father. The world rejoiced at his birth, which marked a rare occasion whereby three generations of direct heirs to the throne lived during the same time.
Prince Charles, the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is the heir apparent to the British throne. His mother is the Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations, and also the Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Charles became the heir apparent in 1952 after his grandfather King George VI died and Elizabeth ascended the throne. Being Queen Elizabeth's oldest son, Charles became the heir apparent to the British throne and received the title of Duke of Cornwall. After a few years, he was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester in 1958, becoming the first Prince of Wales since 1936. As a student, Charles was good at academics and studied archaeology, anthropology and history at Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge. Along with his studies, he also participated in various other activities and was known to be a smart young man. He embarked on a military career post his graduation and served as a helicopter pilot and even commanded a ship during his service years. As a public figure, his personal life has often been under scrutiny. His troubled marriage to Diana and his extra-marital affairs have often made it to the tabloids
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is the husband of <a title='Queen Elizabeth II' href='/famous/elizabeth-ii.htm'>Queen Elizabeth II</a> and the Commonwealth realms' longest-serving consort as well as the oldest spouse ever of a reigning British monarch. He was a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-GlÃ¼cksburg and was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. He entered the navy in 1938 and served throughout the Second World War. His family connections brought him into contact with the royal family, and his engagement to Princess Elizabeth took place. Before the marriage, he received the Garter and the dukedom and since 1952, he has filled the difficult role of royal consort. Of the many societies and causes which he supports, the duke of Edinburgh's scheme for young people and his concern for the protection of wildlife rank high. Philip retains much of the briskness and forthrightness of his early naval career, and apart from it he is an enthusiastic sportsman and a vigorous public speaker. Philip holds honorary memberships in the Rotary clubs of Edinburgh, Scotland and King's Lynn, England. He is a patron of over 800 organizations, and chairman of the ˜Duke of Edinburgh's Award' for people aged 14 to 24 years.
Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1792. She is considered a major historic figure and is said to have been the biggest force in provoking the French Revolution. Born as the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa, she was married to Louis-Auguste who ascended the throne as <a title='Louis XVI' href='/famous/louis-xvi.htm'>Louis XVI</a> of France in 1774. Marie, who became the Dauphine of France upon her marriage was conferred the title of Queen of France and Navarre when her husband became the king. When she was newly married into the royal household, the French people adored her for her beauty and charms. However the general public sentiments towards her began to change when she was suspected of harboring sympathies for France's enemies and for her utter lack of concern for the common people's welfare. The public's outrage at the queen increased at her extravagance and ignorance which ultimately led to the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The French common public was demanding that the monarchy be brought down and that the unpopular king and his equally hated wife be brought to Paris for trial. After monarchy was overthrown, both the king and the queen were sentenced to death and executed at the guillotine within months after each other.
Mary I was the Queen of England and Ireland from 1553 until 1558. Daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, she was the only child of the couple to survive past infancy. Inability to produce a male heir led King Henry to annul his marriage to Catherine, which in turn made Mary I the illegitimate child of the King. As such, she was removed from the court. A chain of events led to her succession after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI. In 1553, she was crowned as the Queen of England. After her appointment, Mary married Prince Philip in order to prevent her half-sister, Elizabeth from direct line of succession. However, the marriage was largely unpopular. During her reign, Mary established the Roman Catholic faith and brought about a strict Heresy law which persecuted people of the protestant faith. This mass persecution brought about much discontent amongst her subjects and gained her the nickname, ˜Bloody Mary'. Adding to the woes was military losses in France, poor weather, and failed harvests during her reign. With no child of her own, Mary, upon her death, was succeeded by her sister Elizabeth as the Queen of England.
King of Great Britain and Ireland during the late 18th century whose life and reign were longer than those of any previous British monarch. Though he defeated France in the Seven Years' War, he lost Britain's American colonies in the American Revolutionary War.
The latter years of the French Revolution saw the emergence of a man who played a quintessential role in shaping the future of France “ Napoleon Bonaparte. Born as Napoleone Buonapart, he made a huge impact and is considered one of the most famed military and political leaders. During his time, he not only served as the first Consul but even became the first monarch of France to bear the title of the Emperor. What distinguished him from his contemporaries was his techniques that made him win over battles even against enemies who were numerically superior to him. Due to this, he is often regarded as the greatest military commander of all time. Another interesting aspect of his rule was the political and social reforms instituted by him, which pulled the country from the perils of bankruptcy. His Napoleonic Code combined the basic tenets of old Roman law with modern French statutes. The code served as the precedent for subsequent codification of criminal and commercial laws in France and elsewhere.
Became Queen of Scotland when she was only 6 days old because she was the only surviving legitimate child of King <a title='James V' href='/famous/james-v.htm'>James V</a> of Scotland. She was imprisoned and forced to abdicate her throne in 1567.
Second-eldest grandchild of <a title='Elizabeth II' href='/famous/elizabeth-ii.htm'>Elizabeth II</a> and <a title='Prince Philip' href='/famous/prince-philip.htm'>Prince Philip</a> who is known for her professional equestrian talents. She won a Silver Medal at the London 2012 Olympic as a part of the British equestrian team.
King of Jordan who ascended to the throne in 1999 after the death of his father <a title='King Hussein' href='/famous/king-hussein.htm'>King Hussein</a>, who ruled his country for nearly fifty years. He has notably liberalized his country's media and has made it illegal to detain journalists.
Born Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and better known as Salman of Saudi Arabia, this king began his reign in January of 2015. Previously, he had served for nearly five decades as Deputy Governor and Governor of Saudi Arabia's Riyadh region.
Born Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, this member of Danish Royalty became known by the title of Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat. In 2018, he tried his hand at modeling and made his debut at London Fashion Week for Burberry. He signed with Scoop Models.
Countess of Snowdon who was the youngest daughter of <a title='King George VI' href='/famous/george-vi.htm'>King George VI</a> and <a title='Queen Elizabeth' href='/famous/queen-mother.htm'>Queen Elizabeth</a>. She stirred the world's heart with her tragic private life and caused controversy within the royal family for getting divorced.