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Alexia Sinclair’s The Regal Twelve

Alexia Sinclair’s The Regal Twelve is a series that portrays twelve European monarchs who have ruled supreme and whose lives span over two millennia.

Can you guess which characters are portrayed?

You will find the answers below.

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1.

Alexandra Romanov.“The last Czarina of Russia” (1872-1918)

2.

Marie Antoinette – “The Extravagant Queen” (1755-1793)

3.

Elizabeth I – “The Virgin Queen” (1533-1603)

4.

Eleanor of Aquitaine – “The Eagle” (1122-1204)

5.

Boudica – “The Celtic Queen” (AD 26-61)

6.

Isabella of Spain – “The Catholic” (1451-1504)

7.

Elizabeth Báthory – “The Countess of Blood” (1560-1614)

8.

Cleopatra – “The Seductress” (69 BC-30 BC)

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Christina of Sweden – “The Androgynous Queen” (1626-1689)

10.

Catherine the Great – “The Enlightened Empress” (1729-1796)

11.

Agrippina – “The Poisoness” (AD 15-59)

12.

Olympias – “The Sorceress” (376 BC-316 BC)

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11 responses »

  1. Well, I missed 7 & 12, but got the others. 7 was a bit of a mystery because she was the “Countess of Blood” rather than a queen; is that really her castle in the backgound, because it does not look like photos I’ve seen? Ther are twelve, so was this originally art for a calendar?

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    • From what I gather, this wasn’t a calendar, alhough it would make a stunning one.
      The photographer travelled around Europe shooting the backdrops and then went back to Australia to shoot the models and props. I think it was more important to get that fantasy feel than to be accurat.

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  2. It’s always time to learn something. I’ve never heard about some of these European monarchs!!! Beautiful pictures!!!

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    • It’s funny you should say that as I’m quite ignorant when it comes to monarchs not from Eurpoe 😉

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      • China has had emperors and empresses, and Japan still does. Thailand still has kings; I don’t think the crown is allowed to pass to a woman. When there were kingdoms in India, they had rajahs who ruled absolutely. In the Himalayas, there are countries that were once kingdoms, such as Bhutan. Further west, there were caliphates ruled by caliphs and princes, including some of the Moorish kingdoms in Spain. Madagascar was once a thriving kingdom, and the king was not much impressed by what the European explorers brought to trade. So, lots of different monarchies, and we haven’t even got to the New World and Oceania… It’s an awful lot to take in.

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  3. Stunning pictures, Christina of Sweden – “The Androgynous Queen” I’m not familiar with her, off to Google!

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    • Queen Christina was quite a woman, although she didn’t look like that. There are a couple of contemporary portraits, one one horseback. She never married, despite pressure to do so, and was said to have many lovers. She abdicated while she was still young. She was a friend of Blaise Pascal the mathematician, among others. Greta Garbo portrayed her in the romantic movie, “Queen Christina.”

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      • BTW the name Garbo came from her Polish lover. Garbowanie in Polish means taking an animal hide and turning it into fine soft leather. That’s what he felt Greta needed to go through to become a graet actress.

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