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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11 months ago

Beautiful

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#2

Julius Ceasar

Julius Ceasar

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Nathan Parrish
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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 months ago

Liv Tyler!

Amway Huffstetler
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11 months ago

No

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No you didn't
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11 months ago

Beautiful, smart, rebellious, passionate and depressed.

Sjoera Roggeman
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6 months ago

Scizofrenic too.

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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11 months ago

Me if I could actually rock a braid

tuzdayschild
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11 months ago

Girl you can rock a braid.

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Karen Klinck
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11 months ago

Very close! Perhaps they should have photoshopped out such distractions as clothes and hair; concentrated on the facial features?

Celestra Erit Ultima
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11 months ago

Unfortunately it is said that she had very bad teeth and smelled from her mouth.

Karen Klinck
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11 months ago

At that time in history, dental hygiene was fairly unknown, and certainly not a priority.

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Alan Hope
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11 months ago

This lady was an acknowledged world-class beauty in her time.

Jaded Queen
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11 months ago

Most preety

Friedlander Rosenzweig
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11 months ago

Fierce!

Doug Swicegood
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11 months ago

You have done some every extensive research and work! Kudos!

Dana Melody
Community Member
11 months ago

Very beautiful, but looks very fragile.

Martha Meyer
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11 months ago

She was a sports freak actually. Used to do daily workouts and walked crazy distances every day. Carriages had to follow her to pick up exhausted ladies in waiting and bring in freshly rested ones. She woukd have been an athlete, if she lived today.

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ben jamin
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6 months ago

.. and it is said, that she had bad teeth

Shelby
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6 months ago

... they completely reshaped her jaw line and moved her natural hair line.The eyes went from having depth to being flat.Took about thirty pounds off with the re-imagine. The original is actually more attractive that the modernized version.

friendlyneighborhoodtheaterkid
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8 months ago

she looks like meme mom

Regina Sanford
Community Member
8 months ago

Liv Tyler reincarnation!!! Got to be!!!

judithfarrelly@bigpond.com
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11 months ago

Beautiful

Schrödinger's Dog
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11 months ago

Does anyone else notice the floating hair?

Marilyn Proctor
Community Member
11 months ago

Pretty

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
11 months ago

Beautiful!

Tyrone Bunce
Community Member
11 months ago

Think she was the Kerkyra fan of Achilles .... Closely connected to the Achilleon Palace.... Not 3 bad piece of crumpet either ...... as European princesses go .....

Olof T
Community Member
11 months ago

The modern versions are slightly off on small details. The modern version looks like a similar looking person but not the same.

Mack-doodle
Community Member
11 months ago

It looks like shes trying to be sexy, and bite her lip, but shes biting her cheeks instead.

Debra Turner
Community Member
11 months ago

There are few photos of Sisi after the age of 29. She controlled her image and refused to sit for them.

Don Flynn
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11 months ago

wow

Sol Ottomayer
Community Member
11 months ago

There are tons of photos of Elizabeth of Austria, so we already know what she looked like.

Carole Gonzalez
Community Member
11 months ago

There are early photos of her to compare.

Tommy Jo Hunt
Community Member
11 months ago

Attractive

Kate Koppen
Community Member
11 months ago

I never realized before how much she (the original painting) resembles Lena Meyer-Landrut.

Riz Leslie
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11 months ago

The today version looks like Kristen Stewart

Philippe Jespersen
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11 months ago

Reminded me of Liv Tyler

Lejla Kollár
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11 months ago

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Nikki D
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11 months ago

Why is she uglier in the second picture?

Sandra Chekas
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11 months ago

Liv Tyler)

Timnan Nimpar
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11 months ago

Looks like Emily VanCamp with a brunette look

Kate Aitken
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11 months ago

Liv Tyler with a bit of Nicole Kidman

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#11

Louis XIV, The Sun King

Louis XIV, The Sun King

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MagicalUnicorn
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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 months ago

Ear transformation

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#26

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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Patrick O'Brien
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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 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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11 months ago

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

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