Salman

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About Salman

Born Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and better known as Salman of Saudi Arabia, this king began his reign in January of 2015. Previously, he had served for nearly five decades as Deputy Governor and Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh region. 

Early life

Before beginning his work as a politician and royal, Salman studied science and religion at the Princes’ School in Riyadh.

Trivia

In 2012, upon his brother Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Sauddeath’s death, Salman became Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Family of Salman

A member of the powerful House of Saud, he was one of over forty children born to King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. Salman of Saudi Arabia’s three marriages — to Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi, Sarah bint Faisal Al Subai’ai, and Fahda bint Falah bin Sultan Al Hithalayn — resulted in a total of thirteen children.

Close associates of Salman

He ascended to the throne following the death of his older half-sibling Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Abdullah of Saudi Arabia).

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Henry VIII of England

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About Henry VIII of England

Second monarch of the Tudor dynasty who reigned from 1509 to 1547 and separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. The Showtime original series The Tudors, where he is portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is based on his reign. 

Early life

Due to the fact that his elder brother was to assume the throne, he was prepared for a clerical career.

Trivia

His inability to stick to one wife led to the creation of the Anglican Church because the Roman Catholic Church prohibited divorce.

Family of Henry VIII of England

He is perhaps best known for marrying six different women, including Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, in an attempt to get a male heir to the throne.

Close associates of Henry VIII of England

He was succeeded as King of England by his son Edward VI.

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George III

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About George III

King of Great Britain and Ireland during the late 18th century whose life and reign were longer than those of any previous British monarch. Though he defeated France in the Seven Years’ War, he lost Britain’s American colonies in the American Revolutionary War. 

Early life

Became the first British monarch to study science systematically, and along with chemistry and physics, his lessons included astronomy, mathematics, French, Latin, history, music, geography, commerce, agriculture and constitutional law.

Trivia

He was the first British monarch from the House of Hanover to speak English as his first language.

Family of George III

His younger brother was Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albany.

Close associates of George III

Henry VIII served as the King of England two centuries before he became king.

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Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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About Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Dutch royal and member of the Houses of House Orange-Nassau and Amsberg who ascended to the throne in 2013. He was born the eldest child of German-born diplomat Claus van Amsberg and Dutch Princess-turned-Queen Beatrix.

Early life

Before being crowned King of the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in history from Leiden University and joined the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Trivia

In the late 1980s, he became a volunteer pilot for the African Medical Research and Education Foundation. Also an athlete, he participated in the 1992 New York City Marathon.

Family of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

He married the Argentine-born Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, in 2002. They welcomed children named Catharina-Amalia Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane.

Close associates of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was his maternal grandmother.

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Abdullah II

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About Abdullah II

King of Jordan who ascended to the throne in 1999 after the death of his father King Hussein, who ruled his country for nearly fifty years. He has notably liberalized his country’s media and has made it illegal to detain journalists. 

Early life

He reached the rank of Major General in the Jordanian army after attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Trivia

He replaced his brother as Crown Prince prior to his father’s death in 1999.

Family of Abdullah II

He has four children with his wife, Queen Rania of Jordan, whom he married in 1993. 

Close associates of Abdullah II

He is the son of King Hussein.

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King James II

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About King James II

King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII, from 6 February 1685 until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. He is best known for bucking the Anglican establishment by trying to procure religious liberty for English Roman Catholics and Protestant nonconformists. 

Early life

He was appointed the position of Lord High Admiral at age 3.

Trivia

He was the last Roman Catholic monarch in England, Ireland, and Scotland.

Family of King James II

He was married twice, first to Anne Hyde and then to Mary of Modena. He fathered nineteen children, including Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Mary II. 

Close associates of King James II

He was part of the Stuart family, the ruling family after the death of Queen Elizabeth I.

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