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Re: 20+ Years
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Posted by José on 5/12/2019, 13:43:19, in reply to "Re: 20+ Years
King George of Saxony was a widower for 20 years after the death of his wife Infanta Maria Ana of Portugal.
His son Friederich August III was not a widower, but never remarried after his divorce from Louisa of Tuscany in 1903 until his death 29 years later in 1932.
Henri d'Orléans duke of Aumale was a widower for 27 years.
Portugal's 1st king D.Afonso Henriques (1110-85) was a widower for 28 years after the death of Queen Mafalda of Savoy in 1157.
King Afonso V of Portugal (1432-81) was a widower for 26 years. Even if you discount his blank marriage to his niece Juana in 1475, he had been a widower for 20 years.
Streching a bit, Emperor Charles V was a widower for 19 years after the death of Emperess Isabel of Portugal and his son Felipe II survived 18 years his 4th and last wife Ana of Austria.
Other loongtime widowers are King Olav V. of Norway, widower for almost 37 years, his father King Haakon VII., widower for 18 years and King Gustaf V. of Sweden, widower for 20 years.
He doesn’t quite make 20+ years but Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria was a widower for 18 years.
Well, in that case, King Haakon VII of Norway also comes close, since he was a widower for 19 years.
I've often wondered why these royal widowers never remarried after their wives' deaths.