Monday, May 21, 2012

Good Grief..

...I had no idea there were that many monarchs left. I bet 90%-95% of them are just figureheads, relics and symbols of the glorious past. Of course, included in the 5%-10% are a handful of Saudis and related sandbox dwellers.

Hell. Nearly half of them are sandbox dwellers. They ain't exactly "just figureheads" either. But there's also the powerful monarchies of Liechtenstein and Monaco.

If you really want to date yourself,  you can say you remember when American actress Grace Kelly married the Prince of Monaco. There just aren't enough royal houses left to arrange a proper political union through the marriage of your royal kids.  Gotta marry commoners, now. Sometimes, even foreign commoners.

Mind you, there are some pretty strikingly beautiful commoners out there.  Back in the days when all that incestuous intermarriage between European Royal houses was the norm,  ya took your chances that some of the offspring might not be all that, well, you know, fit for anything but cementing alliances.

Oops.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

My favorite nobility.

May 22, 2012 7:17 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Thanks, Dave. One good song on You-tube leads to all kinds of others. There goes my morning.

May 23, 2012 9:37 am  

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