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!

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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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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

Sarah Hearn
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11 months ago

“Off with their heads!!”

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11 months ago

It's Harvey Weinstein!

Helen Chappell
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11 months ago

When young, he was said to be one of the handsomest men in Europe. Self indulgence, diabetes and a catastrophic head injury put a stop to that.

Asma Ali
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11 months ago

Not to mention syphilis

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Nancy Alborell
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11 months ago

"The Church of England was founded on the balls of King Henry the Eighth." He turned Protestant so he could divorce his first wife without permission from the Pope.

Philip Lecompte
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11 months ago

Murderous womanizer

Addison Scott
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11 months ago

ugly, piggy little man

gracefullikeagazelle
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11 months ago

He was a big strong young man until the hunting accident and a lifetime of wallowing in gross debauchery.

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Karen Klinck
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11 months ago

And his weight was severely downplayed in the painting. He had to be winched up on a horse.

Julie Gates
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11 months ago

Poor horse

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Anna McHugh
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11 months ago

A cross between Trump and Harvey Weinstein

David D'Arcy
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6 months ago

...or Andrew Breitbart?

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Germaine Richard-Robinson
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11 months ago

did he not have red hair?

anotherboredpanda
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11 months ago

I don't think I've seen a portrait of him without a hat. But it's possible he had "just" a red beard.

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Tristan Antoine
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11 months ago

Like Harvey Weinstein (physically and the way he treated women), but with a better complexion and more hair!

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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11 months ago

He is exactly who came to my mind. You beat me to it.

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Mack-doodle
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11 months ago

Tall wide Henry the VIII. Supreme head of the church of England! Glooooooobaly reverd. Although ya wouldent know it from the look o' that beard.

kermitthefrogismybabydaddy
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10 months ago

made me a lady in waiting held me and my family up in the world

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Teresa CK
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11 months ago

Harvey Weinstein much?

MN Free Spirit
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11 months ago

Teresa I thought the same thing, Im surprised this wasn't mentioned before.

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Paula Greene
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11 months ago

John goodman

Isabelle Chadwick
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11 months ago

Could be his wispy tasche & beard were a sign of low testosterone & Low DHT which may have reduced his chances of producing an heir with the first wives.

Charlotte Freeman
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11 months ago

How about when he was younger?

Jerry Conaway
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11 months ago

John Goodman

Lee White
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10 months ago

Mean little mouth

Lenee Smith
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11 months ago

John Goodman!

Jeremy Whitley
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11 months ago

He had wives?

Deborah Lynn Manley
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9 months ago

6 to be exact

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Marilyn Proctor
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11 months ago

Small eyes, small mouth, cruel looking

Amway Huffstetler
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11 months ago

I like to keep henr6 v111 lookin like Jonathan Rhys Meyers xd

Amway Huffstetler
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11 months ago

Henry v111 P.I. my keyboard

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Mickie Kurcaba
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11 months ago

Resembles Pavrotti! He had red hair though, not brown. As did his daughter Elizabeth 1.

Bobby's Girl
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11 months ago

What is it with the ears?

Bess Chilver
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11 months ago

Should have red hair.

Brandi Williams
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11 months ago

Mr. French!

Steve du Preez
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11 months ago

Such a tiny mouth compared to his facial siza

Lawrence Crisp
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1 week ago

THUG OF ENGLAND..WHAT A BULLY!

Anthony De La Garza
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5 months ago

He was butt ugly! LOL

Roger Moedl
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6 months ago

That’s Kyle Busch reincarnated.

axel elfarrow
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6 months ago

He was her eighth old man he was henry henry the eigth he was he was

Elaine Clelland-kelly
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6 months ago

His eyes were blue

Hugh Bryant-Parsons
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6 months ago

A bit like the Aussie actor Frank Thring 0BC431FA-C...2-jpeg.jpg 0BC431FA-CE34-44C1-9062-B0EA66B9452A-5ef85a1677282-jpeg.jpg

Bridget Crepeau
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6 months ago

I have read that he was strikingly handsome and fit in his youth. I would like to see that picture!

Steven Ebel
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6 months ago

Something to be said about position,wealth and power over looks.

Steven Ebel
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6 months ago

Something to be said about the attraction of position,wealth and power over looks.

Hans Korn
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6 months ago

He looks like The Big Show.

Jean Pierre Lescarret
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6 months ago

un démon du deuxième cercle

Judith Glover
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7 months ago

Definitely inherited his looks and appetites from his grandfather Edward IV.

Emma Pham
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10 months ago

wow were his ears really that small

Janine Schuster
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11 months ago

Too flat-looking!

Schrödinger's Dog
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11 months ago

Umm...Proportions is all I can say.

Perry Weiner
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11 months ago

And yet...

Allison Wolfson
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11 months ago

Looks like Charles Wilkes from Ozark

Tyrone Bunce
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11 months ago

Has his Right Ear ...... Grown ....?? .... Interesting times .... So long as you weren’t sleeping, occasionally, in HIS bed. Could be ‘Thrilling’ though .... depending ......

Patrick Shore
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11 months ago

rugby player

Barbara Gilman
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11 months ago

Looks like a Scotsman . . .

Sam Leigh
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11 months ago

Not much difference but well done

Ben Kurver
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11 months ago

Why exactly would i modern updated version have a different eye colour?

Ó Beaglaoich
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11 months ago

Harvey Weinstein

Toni Cummins
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11 months ago

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Mehlinda Heartt
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11 months ago

He looks like Frankenstein, wonder how tall he was, he looks like a giant in this picture

Malodie Tchapko
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11 months ago

only in that picture to the right the ears are too big

Adam Kitzmiller
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11 months ago

My dad knows one of his descendents. An English fella that is a dead ringer.

Eniko Bata
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11 months ago

Again, why the ear transformation?!:(

Rayjohn Cezar
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11 months ago

I thought it was Big show.

Doug Swicegood
Community Member
11 months ago

WOW!

Sarah Karatzios
Community Member
11 months ago

Looks like a Welsh tenor to me! A bit like Bryan Terfel.

Licinia de Campos
Community Member
11 months ago

very sophisticated

CJ Tolibas
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11 months ago

Why do i see a resemblance of Sam Smith?

Bjarne McDonald
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11 months ago

He was in his time known to be be most handsome man in Europe...

Country Nana
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11 months ago

When he was younger he was quite good looking. This is from around Katherine Howard's time.

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Bean59
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11 months ago

that's realll hot

Kate Kyffin
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11 months ago

Looks like he would fit in with a game of rugby though.

Emmanuel Lenain-Bernier
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11 months ago

He was fat thats because of tht his head has this shape why did you put it on a thin neck?

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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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