Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by history and archaeology. I think humans perceive the past as a series of events; something like a movie that we can’t really feel or touch. I believe the things that bring us closer to the past are those that truly humanize us - the bodies from Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Inca mummies, the personal objects of those long gone, and more.

I’ve always thought how incredible it would be to see historical events and people the way they actually happened and the way they actually looked. I started Royalty Now in February of 2019, simply as a way for me to see my favorite historical figure, Anne Boleyn, as a modern woman. I wanted to know if she could come to life from the few pale, flat portraits we have of her. I started the account to satisfy my own curiosity about what members of the past would look like if they were standing right in front of me. I’m incredibly thankful for the support and interest the account has received, and can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Nefertiti

Nefertiti

"This bust of Nefertiti (believed to have been sculpted during her lifetime) is famous for its grace and beauty. Nefertiti lived from approximately 1370 - 1330 BC. She was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Akhenaten is famous for his attempt to transition Egypt into a monotheistic society (worshipping only the sun god, Aten), instead of a polytheistic one."

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Marky Mark
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5 months ago

Beautiful

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#2

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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Nathan Parrish
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5 months ago

Looks like a tech billionaire

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#3

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

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Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

Meryl Streep

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#4

Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great

"I did some research on his looks and it is recorded that he had curly golden hair and heterochromia (one eye blue and one eye brown or a combo of both), so he was definitely a striking figure."

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TheGr81sComing
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5 months ago

lloks like a very wired version of Justin bieber

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#5

Agrippina The Younger

Agrippina The Younger

"Agrippina the Younger is someone I only recently learned more about but she had a crazy life. She was the sister of Emperor Caligula and the mother of Emperor Nero. I highly recommend giving her a search if you’re interested in that era of Roman history!"

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ju Hel
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5 months ago

Her (I think 3rd) husband changed her birthplace, a small village, into a roman city in her name. The oppidum ubiorum became Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, CCAA. Today known as Cologne (Köln)

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#6

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

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Daniel Mason
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5 months ago

Looks like original Kylie Jenner

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#7

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

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MADELEINE KIMBALL
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5 months ago

I'm that Boleyn girl, and I'm up next...

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#8

Mary, Queen Of Scots

Mary, Queen Of Scots

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Lauren Moss
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5 months ago

Love that you can see the resemblence between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth I!

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#9

Madame De Pompadour

Madame De Pompadour

"Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour. She first caught the eye of Louis XV at a masked ball in 1745 (it was said that she was dressed as a domino, and he was dressed as a plant) and was his chief mistress thereafter until 1751. Even after she was no longer Louis' mistress, she was a trusted friend, confidante, and advisor, essentially becoming one of the most powerful women at the French court until her death in 1764."

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Tommy Jo Hunt
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5 months ago

Very attractive

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#10

Empress Elisabeth Of Austria

Empress Elisabeth Of Austria

"During her life, Elisabeth (known as Sisi), was known for being beautiful, smart, rebellious and passionate. Definitely worth some digging into if you are interested in late 1800s Europe."

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Rhiannon Feiryred
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5 months ago

Liv Tyler!

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#11

Louis XIV, The Sun King

Louis XIV, The Sun King

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MagicalUnicorn
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5 months ago

Jon Snow, is that you?

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#12

Katherine Of Aragon

Katherine Of Aragon

"This portrait of Katherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII and Queen of England from 1509-1533, has always been my favorite. There are several portraits of her that all range in looks, so it’s hard to tell her true likeness. I think this one captures her piety, meekness, and obedience as documented by historians."

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

He done her wrong.

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Louis XV

Louis XV

"Louis XV is lesser known than his predecessor the Sun King and his heir, Louis XVI, but he was the second-longest reigning monarch in French history. I have always known him by his famous mistresses, Madame De Pompadour and Madame du Barry."

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Seabeast
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5 months ago

He loved working with his hands, apparently. He'd probably have been a mechanic, carpenter, or worked at some other trade in modern times. Maybe a mechanical engineer, if he did go white collar.

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Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr

"She was the only wife to outlive the king, who was tyrannical in his last years."

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Viviane
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5 months ago

Anne of Cleves outlived him as well. She got the best deal: Henry VIII annulled the marriage within a year, gave her some nice properties, a title, and honorary membership to the family as "the King's Beloved Sister" (invitations to court without the hassle of being married to someone toxic).

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#15

Marie Antionette

Marie Antionette

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M.J.
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5 months ago

Reminds me of the actress Judy Greer

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#16

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

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Bean59
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5 months ago

she's so pretty!

Sarah Storm
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5 months ago

You took the words right out of my mouth. Hand? Mouth.

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yxkb
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5 months ago

Her last name was Romanova.

jip 879
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5 months ago

They didn't deserve such death... beautiful picture.

Martha Meyer
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5 months ago

Why make her face thinner and change the colour of her hair?

Scott Tennant
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5 months ago

Such a brutal end to the whole Romanov Family

Leigh C.
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5 months ago

Why straighten the hair? Nothing wrong with curly.

Carl Jacobson
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5 months ago

Weak photoshop - the older picture shows her much better,

Doug Swicegood
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5 months ago

Poor little girl and her family. Back in the 1910s her hair was so beautiful. So many great photos of her family. Your modern version is astounding. We often wonder how historical figures would appear to us now and you have performed this job with such miraculous skill!

Philip Astore
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5 months ago

Beautiful...

Jude Weber
Community Member
5 months ago

Horrible what the Bolsheviks did to her family and the country, and some radicals want this in America? God help us all!

A. Sherlocat
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4 months ago (edited)

The description I read of the massacre of the Romanovs was quite sickening... The killings were extremely disorganized, confused, and messy, so it was not a quick and painless death for them (except maybe the Tsar Nicholas, who was the first to be shot to death). It was greatly complicated by the fact that all the women and children were hiding jewellery, mostly consisting of diamonds, sewn into their clothing, so all the attempts to shoot and stab them did not work, only causing them severe pain and shock, but not death. So each of them eventually had to be shot in the head. Anyway, it was not the innocent children's or servants' fault that the parents fracked up the governing of the country and caused the people so much anger and misery... A very horrible end for this family. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_the_Romanov_family

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Riz Leslie
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5 months ago (edited)

I really wish Hollywood would make a PROPER movie about Anastasia and her family. Such an interesting story that doesn’t have one solid script behind it. Insane. And hopefully they wouldn’t have them as Russian stereotypes or caricatures and actually humanize them

Vesna
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5 months ago

There are series on Netflix "The Last Czars", which was done very beautifully and a lot of nuances that I never knew happened. The o Ku thing I don't like about that tv series that the mix it with documentary , interviews of historians. BUT after getting used to it, they do fill in some good gaps in the their comments. Anyway, I recommend give it a try. The work of actors is really beautiful and very well done.

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Jim Ellington
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5 months ago

She would look exactly like she does in the photograph on the left. What is the point of this article if artists are going to start with a photo?

Todd Johnson
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3 months ago

Looks like a photo from the 80s to a photo to the 00s -- while not aging.

Andrea Smith
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3 months ago

When you look at her, she could be a Russian actress.

Mishte Tine
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5 months ago

The grand Dutchess looks like she’d fit right in in a ‘90’s Jazzersize class. The hair is perfect! Just add a leotard, thick tights and a sweatband! Hee!

LEÓN Hexblade
Community Member
5 months ago

Kinda looks like Jena Malone (circa Donnie Darko).

Jacob Andrews
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5 months ago

That’s Millie Bobby brown haha

Sa'Mya Poindexter
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2 months ago

THANK YOU! FINALLY!

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Nancy Alborell
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5 months ago

The light source is wrong in the update. Makes her face look flat. Should have kept the shading from the original.

Danny Orsello
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1 week ago

She's a knockout!

Joshua Rentuza
Community Member
1 week ago

there is an anime version of her

Sa'Mya Poindexter
Community Member
2 months ago

that's literally MILLIE BOBBY BROWN!

Sa'Mya Poindexter
Community Member
2 months ago

that is millie bobby brown... -_-

Emma Pham
Community Member
4 months ago

i like the ombre

Queen Potato
Community Member
4 months ago

NOOOO DON'T CHANGE HER HAIR COLOR

Queen Potato
Community Member
4 months ago

NO DON'T TAKE AWAY HER HAIR COLOR

Bvrly Mrsh
Community Member
4 months ago

Suri cruise?!

Jonathan Stoppi
Community Member
4 months ago

Románova. Romanov is the surname of male members of the family.

Margaret Symons
Community Member
5 months ago

They were physically stunning. In my opinion they were the best lookers of all of the European Royal families of the time. Their demeanour demonstrated that their parents spent time with them.

Fatimah LeNora McGlown
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5 months ago

Adorable

Vanda Purik-järvinen
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5 months ago

......midagi on valesti....

Vanda Purik-järvinen
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5 months ago

.......teine foto, Palun....

EeveeCatStudios YT
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5 months ago

Once apon a december~

Grumble O'Pug
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5 months ago

The head angle is wrong for the face from the original.

Kim Shannon
Community Member
5 months ago

Bobbie Milly Brown

Deborah Verrall
Community Member
5 months ago

She reminds me of Princess Eugenie.

Karen Klinck
Community Member
5 months ago

She's related. Fairly closely, IIRC. Her grandmther? Great-gran? was one of Victoria's kids.

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Tommy Jo Hunt
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5 months ago

Not bad

Jamanda Atwell-Smith
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5 months ago

It’s eleven from stranger things

Jim Ellington
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5 months ago

Not even remotely.

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Chris Taylor
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5 months ago

I could see Milly Bobbie Brown playing her in a movie.

Hamster Bean
Community Member
5 months ago

hi Millie Bobby Brown!

Zrinka Jelic
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5 months ago

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Looks like Drew Barrymore

Jim Ellington
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5 months ago

Without a doubt she looks nothing like her.

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#17

Queen Isabella Of Castile

Queen Isabella Of Castile

"Queen Isabella of Castile, partner to Ferdinand II of Aragon and the queen who sent Columbus on his way to the “new world” in 1492. "

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Altrerosje Ngastowo
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5 months ago

Greta Thunberg

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#18

Emperor Augustus

Emperor Augustus

"Emperor Augustus (born Octavius, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar) was the first emperor of Rome, ending 500 years of republic. He’s an incredibly controversial figure, especially due to the smart and ruthless way he came to power, but he ruled over a time of relative peace in the Roman empire."

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

He looks Hollywood ready.

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#19

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

"Abe Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy."

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Dl B
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5 months ago

He would look like Daniel Day Lewis

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#20

Christina Of Denmark

Christina Of Denmark

"Christina of Denmark, seen here in an original Hans Holbein portrait, lived from 1521 - 1590. Christina was considered as a possible bride for King Henry VIII of England. Christina was not fond of the English King's reputation, given that he had divorced his first wife and beheaded his second wife. The originator of one of the greatest quotes about King Henry in history, Christina famously said: "If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England's disposal." What an amazing denial to a marriage proposal."

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

Good for her.

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#21

Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard

"Katherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was Queen of England for only 16 months as the fifth wife of Henry VIII. Katherine was actually the cousin of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn. When they married, he was 49 and she only 16 or 17. Katherine was accused of adultery and executed by the King, ending her short reign as the Queen of England."

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Jster
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5 months ago

So this is what started duck lips

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#22

Eleanor Of Toledo

Eleanor Of Toledo

"Eleanor of Toledo was an astonishing woman. Originally from Toledo, Spain, she was a bride to a famous member of the Medici Family, Cosimo I de Medici. Her husband regularly consulted with her on matters of politics, and she even served as consort during his time away from Florence."

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earringnut
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5 months ago

Holy Toledo! (I'm going, I'm going.)

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#23

Madame Du Barry

Madame Du Barry

"This is Madame du Barry - the official mistress of Louis XV after his first love, Madame de Pompadour’s death."

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

He definitely had a type.

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#24

Caligula

Caligula

"Caligula, infamous brat and Roman Emperor."

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Christoph Lindemann
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5 months ago

You could have just postet a picture of Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones). They look pretty much alike.

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#25

Napoleon

Napoleon

"Did you know that Napoleon was most likely 5'7"? That's taller than King Louis XIV. Some say his perceived smaller stature was due to him looking small in comparison to his huge accomplishments. Others say there was an error when translating his true height from French to English. Who do you think he looks like here?"

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Pinky TutuTwo
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5 months ago

Ear transformation

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#26

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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Patrick O'Brien
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5 months ago

Something of Anthony Hopkins in the expression of the likeness.

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#27

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

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Hunter Spencer
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5 months ago

I don't think he would like Six: the Musical

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#28

King Henry VII

King Henry VII

"Here we are with Henry VII, the first tudor monarch, a frequent request from you all. Henry was the last king of England to attain the throne in battle after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485."

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Sunny Hernandez
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5 months ago

Thank God for Princess Di and Kate Middleton. Inbreeding leads to so much ugliness. 😁

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#29

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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Patrick O'Brien
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5 months ago

Close, but if I met the likeness, I'm not sure the first thing I would think of is Mona Lisa. The shape of the face is not quite right and her expression lacks the subtlety of the original.

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#30

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

"Grace Kelly, American film actress and Princess of Monaco."

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Jim Kang
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5 months ago

Look, she doesn't need you to "improve" her look. She was, and still is stunning.

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