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Re: Boy kings
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Posted by William F on 28/1/2020, 6:03:10, in reply to "Boy kings
This one may be a bit controversial.
Edgar Ætheling or Edgar II (c. 1051 – c. 1126) was the last male member of the royal house of Cerdic of Wessex. He was elected King of England by the Witenagemot in 1066, but never crowned.
He was elected King but never reigned. He was around 15 at the time of his election.
Was Simeon of the Bulgarians the last example of this?
Who was the last in each of the following royal houses (both reigning and non-reigning) --
Great Britain: none that I'm aware of; but in England it was Edwawrd VI and in Scotland it was James VI.
Norway: none since the country acquired full independence in 1905
Sweden: none in the house of Bernadotte; but in the past, there may have been. Can anybody fill me in on this? I believe the only girl queen (regnant) was Christina
Denmark: none in the house of Glücksburg; but there may have been before Christian IX. Can anybody fill me in on this?
Belgium: none (Baudouin wouldn't count, simply because he was only a minor under Belgian law, when in 1950 his father abdicated the throne. After all, he was already 19 years old at the time, so hardly qualified as a *boy king*)
The Netherlands: no boy king; but Wilhelmina was a girl queen, since she was only 10 years old when her father (Willem III) died
Spain: that would have been Alfonso XIII, king at birth, as the posthumous only son of Alfonso XII
France: Louis XVII was king in name only, after his father (Louis XVI) was executed; so perhaps he wouldn't count. In that case, the distinction would belong to Louis XV, who like his great-grandfather (Louis XIV) was only a minor at the time of his accession to the throne.
Portugal: Maria II was a girl queen (regnant) when her father abdicated the throne; and she was only 15 when she resumed her reign (interrupted by her uncle). Also, I believe some of her sons and grandsons were minors when they became kings. Can anybody fill me in on this information?
Italy: none since the country became unified under the house of Savoy; I don't believe there was any boy king of Naples and the Two Sicilies, but Sardinia may have. Is this true?
Germany: no boy emperor since the country became unified as an empire. As for the kingdoms: to the best of my knowledge, Württemberg, Prussia, Hanover, Saxony, and Bavaria never had any boy king. Or perhaps I'm mistaken?
Austria: none since the Holy Roman Empire got dissolved and the Habsburg empire formed.
Russia: none since the Romanov dynasty came to the throne in 1613 (although I could be mistaken). How about the czars before then?
Serbia: King Peter II Karageorgevich (the dynasty reigned over Yugoslavia, until the monarchy got abolished)
Montenegro: none since the house of Petrovich-Njegosh came to the throne
Albania: none in either the house of Wied or Zogu
Romania: Michael, who first reigned under a regency (1927-1930)
Bulgaria: the afore-mentioned Simeon
Greece: none in the house of Glücksburg. Otto from the house of Wittelsbach (a prince of Bavaria), however, was only a minor when declared king. He first reigned under a regency.
Is all this true? Like I said, I'd appreciate corrections and clarifications.
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