1. I was the ruler of a small state which, during my reign, became part of an empire. The idyllic island where I died is today owned by a foundation set up by my great-grandson.
2. I reigned in a huge country which had used to belong to my ancestral country before gaining its independence. When my father died, I also inherited his throne, but I soon had to abdicate in favour of my little daughter. My brother was supposed to help her rule, but instead he tried to seize the throne for himself. I then abdicated my first throne as well, in order to fight my brother and restore my daughter on her throne.
3. Before ascending to the throne, I asked for the support of my people through a referendum. Years later, I temporarily had to leave when my country was invaded, but after exactly 5 years in exile I returned. When I died, after more than half a century on the throne, I was immensely popular.
4. I was heir to a kingdom that no longer existed, but I managed instead to be accepted as the ruler of a duchy. My father, who had also been entitled to rule that duchy, was never allowed to succeed.
5. I was intended to be the successor of my uncle and father-in-law, but I died rather young. A theatre named for me still exists in the capital city of my country.
6. I was not very pleased when my younger brother was allowed to succeed to one of my father’s thrones, while I was supposed to wait until my father died before I could succeed to the other one. Therefore I rebelled against my father and deposed him. However, he regained his throne a few years later, when I died.
7. I was the heir of two kingdoms which had been united by my parents. However, I died very young, and the succession eventually passed to my mad sister and her son.
8. My grandfather was the last king of my native country. My family had to go into exile when I was still a little boy. I married a foreign heiress, but later we had to go into exile again - ironically, to my native country, the country I had been forced to leave as a boy. By the time we were allowed to return to my wife’s country, it was too late; my wife died before we could return, and I died on my way back there.
9. I was a king who succeeded to the throne on my father’s abdication. As a young man, I had taken part in one of the most famous battles in world history, but my lack of experience had led me to make certain wrong decisions there which led to unnecessarily high casualties. I died suddenly after a relatively short reign.
10. I have gone into history as an ambitious reformer, preoccupied with the ideas of enlightenment and religious toleration. However, I also tried to centralise the government and increase my own control of things, and by the time I died, I was very unpopular, and there were riots and rebellions in several parts of my vast domains.
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