10 interesting things you probably didn't know about European kings and queens

Queen Elizabeth I with Spanish Armada in backgroundEuropean monarchies have existed for centuries, and over the years, monarchs‘ rules have resulted in historic changes, shocking stories, and interesting bits of history. 

Here are 10 fascinating facts about European monarchs throughout history. 

King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II, competed in Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament currently on the ATP and WTA tours.

Out of all of the four major Grand Slams, Wimbledon is also the only one to have had a member of the British royal family compete in it.

In 1926, paired with Wing Commander Louis Grieg in the men’s doubles tournament, the then-duke George VI became the first member of the prestigious family to compete at Wimbledon.

The pair lost in straight sets:, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.


Queen Margrethe II of Denmark illustrated artwork for the Danish edition of „The Lord of the Rings.“

Perhaps one of the most iconic trilogies in modern literature, „The Lord of the Rings“ boasts many notable fans, including The Beatles. One of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s most admired fans, however, is a member of the Danish monarchy.

According to Culture Trip, Queen Margrethe II sent Tolkien some sketches of scenes from the series in the early 1970s under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer. Although he was notoriously difficult to please, Tolkien loved Grathmer’s sketches, especially because they resembled many of his own renditions.

The images eventually appeared in a 1977 Danish release of „The Lord of the Rings.“ 

English monarchs are not allowed in the House of Commons.

For constitutional reasons, the queen is prohibited to enter the House of Commons, which is the supreme chamber of the British Parliament.

This division, intended to distinctly separate the monarchy and the government, has historic roots.

During the English civil war in 1642, King Charles I entered the House of Commons and attempted to arrest five members of British Parliament. 

After the king was defeated, the British monarchy was forbidden from ever entering the House of Commons.

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