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World Royal Families
World Royal Families
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Author : Edward Riley, Sandra Forty & Judith Millidge
Publisher : Chartwell Books
ISBN# : 978-0-7858-2530-2
Pages : 288
Price :INR 1995
Offer Price:INR 1776
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Book Description
The royal families of the world may have lost most of their ancient powers and privileges, but the great majority retain their wealth, and the lucky few still reside in their ancestral palaces and castles. Only 28 countries of the world retain a crowned monarch as their head of state, and only a handful of these kings, queens, and princes exert legislative power over their subjects. The great majority are constitutional monarchs, who now play a largely ceremonial role in their politics of the homelands. World Royal Families examines both the crowned and the uncrowned heads of the world`s ancient and noble families, and explores how the descendants of some of the great names of history live today. Most European royal families are related, a great many descended from the nine children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Great Britain, but history has shown that while one cousin may have retained his throne, another was unlucky. In 1917, for example, George V of Great Britain dithered over whether to intercede on behalf of his first cousin, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and today the Romanovs are scattered across Europe, dispossessed and with only their titles to remind them of their family`s fortunes. Royalty was once synonymous with wealth, and despite the misfortunes of war, revolution, and plebiscite, most of royal families now without kingdoms have managed to hang on to some of their fortunes, if not all of the crown jewels. Many have experienced very hard times, but blue blood obviously encourages survival and although many work today, they all seem to enjoy extravagant lifestyles. With jobs ranging from fisherman to financier, from politician to reality TV star, the great majority of the people featured in this book have not forgotten their roots. Lavishly illustrated with images of blue-blooded royalty, World Royal Families also showcases many wonderful palaces and castles, as well as the trappings of a lifestyle that most of us can only dream of - the yachts, banquets, and wealth of some of the richest people in the world.
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