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Re: Boy kings
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Posted by José on 29/1/2020, 14:59:43, in reply to "Boy kings
Enrique III of Castille was 13 when he succeeded.
His son Juan II was 1 year old when he succeeded.
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 Edward 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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