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26Chevalier d'Éon

The Chevalier d'Éon, a French diplomat and spy, appeared publicly as male for 49 years but once infiltrated the court of Empress Elizabeth of Russia by posing as a woman. In 1777, he began dressing publicly as a woman and claimed to be female. - Source

27. Pianist Jan Ladislav Dussek was the court musician of Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette, had an affair with a princess and was an acquaintance of Napoleon and Talleyrand. - Source

28. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, is said to have bathed in 'ass milk' to preserve the beauty and youth of her skin. Legend has it that no less than 700 asses were required to provide the quantity of milk necessary for her daily bath. - Source

29. Despite Napoleon divorcing Joséphine de Beauharnais so he could have an heir, his first wife Josephine is the ancestor of five of the current royal houses of Europe. Napoleon is the ancestor of none. - Source

30. Cleopatra and Mark Antony formed their own drinking club in 41 B.C. and were known to take part in elaborate games, contests and walk the streets of Alexandria in disguise, pranking the residents. - Source

31Guy Mollet

In 1956, French Prime Minister Guy Mollet proposed a union between the United Kingdom and France with Elizabeth II as head of state and a common citizenship. - Source

32. In the 19th century England, a man named Jack Black was an expert rat catcher. When he caught rats of unusual color, he would breed them and sell the well-bred rats to nobility. Even Queen Victoria kept a pet rat or two. - Source

33. When W.A. Mozart was 7, he was giving a concert in front of royalty in Vienna. When he slipped, Marie Antoinette helped him up and he immediately proposed to marry her. - Source

34. Queen Victoria owned a bulletproof chainmail-lined umbrella. - Source

35. Originally it was suggested the scroll on the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prestigious military award should bear the legend ‘FOR THE BRAVE’ but Queen Victoria herself changed this to 'FOR VALOUR' as the former implied that not all soldiers were brave.

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36Royal Bastards society

There is a society in the UK called the "Royal Bastards", consisting of illegitimate descendants of British Royalty. As she has both legitimate and illegitimate ancestry, Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to join. - Source

37. French Queen Marie Antoinette had a fully functioning peasant village built on the grounds of Versailles. She loved strolling the village in simple shepherdess garb pretending to live a simple life milking cows or sheep, which were carefully maintained and cleaned by the servants. - Source

38. In 1999, one of Queen Elizabeth's royal footmen was demoted from Buckingham Palace for his party trick, "pouring booze into the corgis' food and water" and watching them "staggering about" with relish. - Source

39. The Egyptians, not Julius Caesar, were the fathers of the modern calendar. The Roman calendar was lunar and had 355 days. Egyptians knew it was 365 days because the river Nile would peak on the same day each year. Caesar learned this from his affair with Cleopatra and created the Julian calendar. - Source

40. During the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots, she kept a small dog under her skirts without the knowledge of the spectators.

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41Queen Victoria's thoughts

Queen Victoria hated being pregnant, viewed breast-feeding with disgust, and thought newborn babies were ugly. - Source

42. Marie Antoinette's last words were, "Pardon me, sir. I meant not to do it". It was an apology to the executioner for accidentally stepping on his foot on her way to the guillotine. - Source

43. In 1982, a man named Michael Fagan managed to break into Buckingham Palace, ate some cheese, drank some wine, only to leave and come back another day to have a bedside chat with Queen Elizabeth II. - Source

44. Before Coca-Cola, there was Coca Wine which consisted of 10% alcohol and 8.5% cocaine extract by volume and was endorsed by Queen Victoria and Pope Leo XIII. - Source

45. Queen Elizabeth II employs somebody to wear her shoes before her to ensure they are comfortable. - Source

46Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator

Cleopatra was 18 when she married her 10-year-old brother named Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator to become co-ruler of Egypt. - Source

47. Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom, is also the Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. - Source

48. In preparation for a state visit by Nicolae Ceausescu (Romanian President), Elizabeth II ordered the guest rooms of Buckingham Palace to be stripped of valuables for fears that they'd be stolen. She later described the visit as the worst three days of her life. - Source

49. Queen Victoria was raised under a strict set of rules called the Kensington System. This rule included being isolated from most people, never being allowed an hour to herself, and having each of her every action planned beforehand. - Source

50. The Queen Mary of Scotland became queen when she was only 6 days old. - Source


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