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100 Royal Historical Facts about the Kings Around the Globe

1George V

George V did not want his son Edward VIII to become a King and told his private secretary that 'After I am dead the boy will ruin himself in 12 months.' After George's death, Edward was King for 10 months and 3 weeks before giving up the throne. - Source


2. King Edward I built the largest trebuchet ever in order to lay siege to a Scottish Castle. The sight of the giant trebuchet so intimidated the Scots that they tried to surrender, but Edward sent them back so he could use his new weapon to launch 300 lb projectiles at the castle.


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3. King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway. - Source


4. Most scholars accept that the story of Dhul-Qarnayn in the Quran is a reference to Alexandar the Great. - Source


5. Alexander the Great loved his horse Bucephalus so much that he gave him a state funeral when he died and named a city after him. - Source


6Cyrus the Great

In 539 BC, Persian King Cyrus the Great issued the first ever decree on human rights. He freed slaves, declared that all people had the right to choose their own religion, and established racial equality. - Source


7. King Mithridates of Pontus ingested many different poisons in graduating amounts to become immune so that he couldn't be poisoned by his enemies. When he was captured, he tried to commit suicide by poisoning himself but failed because he was immune. - Source


8. In 1191, King Richard I used chains made of silver to imprison the ruler of Cyprus because he had promised not to place him in irons. - Source


9. Genghis Khan would often marry off one of his daughters to the kings of allied nations and dismissed the kings’ other wives. Then he would assign his new son-in-law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most of his sons-in-law died in combat, giving him shield around the Mongol lands. - Source


10. The Vikings sacked Paris in 845 and did not leave until King Charles the Bald paid them 5,670 lbs of silver and gold.


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11Charles II of Navarra

Once when King Charles II of Navarra was sick, his doctor ordered him to be wrapped in linen and covered in brandy. Unfortunately, instead of cutting the last thread of linen with scissors, the nurse thought it'd be a great idea to burn it off. She managed to accidentally burn the King alive. - Source


12. Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother) lived in New Jersey after having been the King of Spain, Sicily, and Naples. He lived by selling off his jewelry and he eventually did move back to Europe where he died and was buried near his brother. - Source


13. First name of the present king of Thailand is Vajiralongkorn Barommachakkrayadisonsantatiwongse Deveshrathamrongsubariban Abhikhunuprakarnmahittaladuladej Bhumibholnaresvarangkura Kittisirisomburana Savangavadhana Barommakhattiyarajakumara. - Source


14. King Edward VII was too fat to fully button his suit jacket. In order to not offend the king, everyone else followed suit and hence a trend was born. - Source


15. Upon the arrival of the Saudi king to Buckingham palace on a state visit in 2007, the Queen's Guard band played Darth Vader’s theme as he entered the palace.


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16Tsar Nicholas II's coronation

At Tsar Nicholas II's coronation party about 1389 people died after being trampled due to a rumor that there wasn't enough free beer and food. - Source


17. King George V's physician gave the dying king a lethal dosage of morphine and cocaine to hasten his death so that it could be announced in the morning edition of The Times rather than "Less appropriate evening journals." - Source


18. In 1835, a man attempted to assassinate the king of France with a hand-made 25-barrel rifle. The discharge killed 18 people and wounded 22. The king was only grazed by a bullet. - Source


19. In 1904, a Swedish sailor shipwrecked on an island in Papua New Guinea inhabited by cannibalistic tribals. He was carried to their king, whose daughter fell in love with him. He married the king's daughter and after his death became king of the Island. - Source


20. The first King to travel around the world was King Kalākaua of Hawaii. - Source


21Henry VIII

King Henry VIII was once arrested and then imprisoned for assaulting a police constable with his walking stick. When the police constable was informed he had jailed the King of England, he feared execution. Instead, he was commended by Henry VIII for his dedication to duty. - Source


22. After French soldier Jean Bernadotte showed kindness to a few Swedish soldiers, he became so popular in Sweden that the Swedes decided to make him their king when a vacancy came up, despite him never having set foot in Sweden before. The House of Bernadotte rules Sweden to this day. - Source


23. Adolf Frederick, former King of Sweden, died after eating a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, kippers and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of semla served in a bowl of hot milk. He is remembered as "The king who ate himself to death." - Source


24. When the present King of Thailand Vajiralongkorn sued his first wife for divorce, she was unable to defend herself in court because of a law forbidding criticism of the King. - Source


25. The Russian Tsar Nicholas II and the German Kaiser William referred to themselves as "Nicky" and "Willy" respectively in their personal correspondence. - Source

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