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

Edwin Quantrall
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5 months ago

"Friends! Romans! Countrymen! Lend me L million gold pieces that I may invent something better than these tabula!"

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Stannous Flouride
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5 months ago

His hair should be much thinner, Julius was secretly mocked by his contemporaries for his forward comb-over. (sure glad we live in a modern world where our world leaders aren't so shallow and vain)

Don Lee
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5 months ago

You don't think Julius would join Hair Club for Emperors?

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Walter Snyder
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5 months ago

Reminds me of Sasha Roiz who played, among others, Sean Renard on NBC's Grimm. sasha-roiz...e702fe.jpg sasha-roiz-5e2c662e702fe.jpg

Bilal Hadrous
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4 months ago

Yeah. I thought of him too. Btw i love Grimm

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Jennifer Prescott
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5 months ago

Tobias Menzies as Julius Ceasar!

Zane Thompson
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2 weeks ago

He plays Brutus in “Rome”

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Bad Asterisk
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5 months ago (edited)

Wow, looks like Tobias Menzies! Haha; I googled Tobias Menzies' picture and this was actually made on his image!

Loretta Cable
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5 months ago

Reminded me of Tobias Menzies, British actor from Outlander

Zane Thompson
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2 weeks ago

And the irony that he is played Brutus in “Rome” and sunk the final knife to finish Caesar off

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Mimi M
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5 months ago

They are missing the broadness at the top of his forehead. They made the top of his head too narrow.

Kjorn
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5 months ago

could be a great dr. who

Sprite
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5 months ago

Wasn't he blond? According to Asterix and Obelix :)

Jóhannes Kristinsson
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5 months ago

Edward Nortonish ...

Victorya Shidlovskaya
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5 months ago

somehow they all look worse than statues - less character, strength.. Maybe shadows are not strong enough, so drawn faces loose their muscle tension

Helena Meykens Rajewski
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5 months ago

That forehead isn t right..

Dave Hogg
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5 months ago

Young Peter Capaldi.

Ninda Aninditya
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5 months ago

this guy would’ve been invited to TED Talk

Sarah Hearn
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5 months ago

“I came, I saw, I conquered, and you’re all f***ed”.

Marijke Klören
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5 months ago

wow he looks like tobias menzies!

Constance Ferentz
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5 months ago

Amazing! I love this face !

giovanna
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5 months ago

I mean that cant be a Roman statue

Lilith Hollis
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5 months ago

A really handsome man

Todd Mikosh
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1 week ago

Reminds me of Michael Westen from Burn Notice.

Gary Todd
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2 weeks ago

So, exactly the same but with a sport coat.....

Steve Berry
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2 weeks ago

That statute is not one of the generally accepted likenesses of Julius Caesar. His forehead would have been larger, his hair thinner on top and his hair would have been blond. Even so, Caesar was a tough customer and the drawing reflects that. But, the likened does not reflect his charm (he won election after, never losing a single one, and he was an accomplished seducer of women) or his intelligence (he wrote an accomplished memoir of his conquest of Gaul, now France, that students still read and spoke both LTin and Greek fluently.

Tony De Franco
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2 weeks ago

Hair is different . Caesar's hair is curly ,, and Caesar would probably be more tan complected . Even in those days Italians were darker than that I believe

Graziana Brilli
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2 weeks ago

spooky

Terri Atterbury
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2 weeks ago

Valentine Cassadine...James Patrick Stuart

Sid Watson
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2 weeks ago

guy would have been hard a nails - and they make them look so soft ?

Sandra Wolf
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1 month ago

Am I the only one seeing Christopher Eccleston as the 10th Doctor Who...? 🤨

Todd Johnson
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3 months ago

Looks like a stalker. Creepo.

Retro Dan™
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4 months ago

It's like Peter Cushing and Jason Statham had a baby.

Filipe Dávila
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4 months ago

that is not his true face that statue was made at the 16 century

Nuala Mchale
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4 months ago

you wouldnt want to meet him down a dark alley!

Louise Stange-Wahl
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4 months ago

Looks like Ash from Alien (Lance Henriksen"s) brother! Ash-5e4ced...ec27c2.jpg Ash-5e4ced9ec27c2.jpg

Alfredo Pena
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4 months ago

It amazes me me that you would put his skin so white? It's now known the colors were some of the first things to fade do to time. Most definatly looked more middle eastern. JS

Marilyn Proctor
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4 months ago

Looks intelligent

Karen Robertson
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5 months ago

Looks like young Putin.

Mildred Thompson
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5 months ago

Not that different - if any!

Mary de Montfort
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5 months ago

Cheekbones should be checked

Tim Chamberlin
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5 months ago

"It just works"... Todd-5e404...097313.jpg Todd-5e404fe097313.jpg

Tim Chamberlin
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5 months ago

"It just works"...

Maja Grozdanova
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5 months ago

Tobias Menzies

Erki Erki
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5 months ago

Or a mob boss

Lana Jig-maker
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5 months ago

A little like Christopher Ecleston

Vickkie Jones
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5 months ago

Bill Gates

Joe Tex
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5 months ago

Caesar had curley red hair

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4 months ago

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Joe Tex
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5 months ago

Caesar had curly red hair

Adrien Nash
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5 months ago

He would look about 75% different if he had ice blue eyes, had blond hair, and his left ear was where it is on the sculpture. Otherwise, an amazing adaptation. Can one make a request to see the described version # 2?

OhForSmegSake
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5 months ago

British TV villain

jamie1707
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5 months ago

Too much hair.

Carolyn Heard
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5 months ago

They got his neck wrong.

Himanshu Raj
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5 months ago

Chester!

Kim Shannon
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5 months ago

Lance Armstrong

Philip Lecompte
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5 months ago

He looks somewhat mentally imbalanced which I would assume he was, all things considered ...

Symtpom
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5 months ago

if 007 and Putin had a kid

Mark Jaress
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5 months ago

Should be sans toupé, though

Candace Mccoy
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5 months ago

Keanu Reeves

April Simnel
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5 months ago

Wasn't he more ginger-ish?

Ninda Aninditya
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5 months ago

this guy would’ve been invited to TED talks

Doug Swicegood
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5 months ago

Good looking man!

Jerry Stander
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5 months ago

IN THE LIVES OF THE TWELVE CAESARS BY THE ROMAN BIOGRAPHER SUETONIUS, THE THEN GENERAL GAIUS JULIUS IS DESCRIBED AS BEING BALD WHEN HE SLIPS ON THE BEACH UPON LANDING ON AFRICA (A BAD OMEN), BUT RISES QUICKLY WITH A FIFTFUL OF SAND PROCLAIMING "AFRICA, NOW I HAVE YOU!"

Tommy Jo Hunt
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5 months ago

Stern

Kate Koppen
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5 months ago

Looks like Dieter Nuhr

TheKcar DodgeAries
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5 months ago

Christopher Eccleston

Shane Repsher
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5 months ago

Jason Garrett

Bruce Enlow
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5 months ago

I didn't realize that Julius would have been such a fan of Miami Vice

Super Hero Fan Girl
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5 months ago

Looks like someone touched his face while the paint was still wet.

Mark Howell
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5 months ago

Looks like Data from Star Trek

Helen Chappell
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5 months ago

Julius is very disappointed in you and it's going on your permanent record.

Mel S
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5 months ago

Skin should be less pale, more tanned...This looks too marble-like for a veteran campaigner.

Katherine Boag
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5 months ago

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Doesn't do it for me, I'm too used to the portrayal in the Asterix books where he is old with white hair

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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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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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#13

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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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