Do you want to be a Princess??

Do you want to be a Princess??

When you were a child, did you ever pretend that you were a member of a royal family?  Did you dream of being a princess or a prince, attending balls, wearing beautiful clothes and jewels? Did you think the lives of royalty was one of people waiting upon them and allowing them to enjoy every day of frivolity?   Here is some information that you should know about royal families.

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I did a little research on the royal families of England, France and a little information of Spain.  The truth is, I am not certain I would wish to be a royal.

If you were a princess you would not wish to be one in France, as there was never a Queen as ruler of the country.  The closest France came was Catherine de Medici, who was the wife of King Henry II (died when he was 40), and mother of King Francis II (was 15 when became king, died at 16), King Charles IX (10 when became king, 23 when died), and King Henry III (was 22 when became king, 37 when died).  As her sons were young when each became King of France, Catherine was instrumental in their reign and was the regent for Charles IX.  In England, there were 9 queens to rule over the country, and the length of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth II were each far longer than most of the men who ruled as King of England.  Spain had a few females rule over the country, but nothing in comparison to England.   92px-Francois_Second_Mary_Stuart

Another reason you would not wish to be the ruler of France is the life expectancy.  Starting in the year 481, there were far more kings who died before the age of thirty.  There were only 4 French kings who lived to older than 60.  There was one king who was born king, and survived 5 days before dying.  Born king, and dying king, never knowing what a king was.  There was another French king who was executed at the age of 11.  I know teenage years can be difficult, but what 11-year-old king did anything to deserve being killed?  On the side of the coin, from the year 899, England has had 22 rulers who lived past the age of 60, including the current queen, who has seen her 90th year.

The break down of ages for the French rulers is as follows.

Died before 20 birthday- (6) kings

Died between ages 20 and 29, (15) kings

Died between ages 30 and 39, (9) kings

Died between ages 40 and 49, (12) kings

Died between ages 50 and 59, (20) kings

Died between ages 60 and 69, (3) kings

And finally, died between ages 70 and 80, (1)

 

For British rulers, the break down is as follows:

Died before turning 20, (5) kings/queens

Died between ages 20 and 29, (6) kings/queens

Died between ages 30 and 39, (7) kings/queens

Died between ages 40 and 49, (19) kings/queens

Died between ages 50 and 59, (12) kings/queens

Died between ages 60 and 69, (12) kings/queens

Died between ages 70 and 79, (6) kings/queens

Died between ages 80 and 89, (3) kings/queen

Over 89, 1 (current)

 

To be fair, the French aristocracy was destroyed when Napoleon became the Emporer, ending the line of succession in the early 19th century, while the British royal line continues to this day.  There were more British monarchs lived longer since 1800, as life expectancy has continued to improve over the centuries.  But the French clearly had almost twice as many rulers died before their 40th birthday than their British counterparts.

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Another aspect which would be difficult to live with was the fear of being killed. From people who opposed the rulers’ decisions, to family members of the royal family who were desirous of the crown, being a king or queen would be difficult.  Food tasters had to be employed, as poison was common method of doing away with those in power.  Some children were sent to other countries to protect them from assassination, such as Mary, Queen of Scots.  There adds another problem.  How can someone rule their country, when they have been living in another country since being a young child?  People ruled on her behalf, but Mary was the queen from birth.  She was not safe in Scotland, so she is sent to France, spending more time in that country than her own.

Now, how would you feel to be arranged in marriage from your birth?  Marriages were business and power, no room for love.  King Francis II of France married Mary Queen of Scots when he was 14 years old.  He had been arranged to wed her years prior.  It was expected of royalty to be wed to royalty of other countries, as to bring the strength the 2 countries could bring each other.  One country needed an army or the other country needed financial gain.  And when there was a death of a spouse, such as King Francis dying less than 2 years after his marriage, the other spouse must align with another marriage.

When you look at modern day, the royal families have very little privacy.  Nothing they do goes unnoticed, and comments are made to belittle or find fault with them.  Though in the 21st century, they have little authority and are more or less a figurehead, we see them in the news constantly.  Does it really matter if the Queen of England makes a comment that is considered inappropriate?  Why do we insist on the guilty pleasure of seeing them make mistakes?  With marriages that have been as business transactions, why are we shocked when the marriages fall apart, such as did Prince Charles and Princess Diana?  Do we need to see their failures to make ourselves feel better?

 

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So, if you still dream of being a princess, you might wish to have another think.  If only being a princess was like in the fairytales

11 Responses to Do you want to be a Princess??

  1. I don’t remember wishing to be a princess – as a very young girl I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder, and then around age 10 I LONGED to live anywhere they had horses. On a ranch, near a stable, on an island where wild horses roamed, etc. I’ve never fully gotten over that dream. The horse is spirit animal for sure. I lay the current obsession with princesshood at Disney’s door. I confess that I did have a profound curiosity and felt an inexplicable sort of connection to Lady Diana Spencer. I think a lot of people did.

  2. I remember watching the coronation of Queen Elizabeth on TV at my grandmother’s house when I was in about 5th grade or so . She changed gowns in the midst of it all under a huge canopy. I do not want to be at that level with everyone watching and criticizing and reporting on all I am doing and how I look, etc. No thank you. But lovely research here. Too many deaths at young ages.

    • They report on some of the silliest things, things we would do or say and it is no big deal. It was especially sad to see the young rulers who were executed.

  3. Thanks, Melanie, for your post. Those are some interesting stats! I’m not sure I ever wanted to be a princess, though I did want to be the heroine in an adventure (or two or three or four or….you get the picture). To be honest, I still do want to be the heroine in an adventure. 🙂

  4. I never wanted to be a princess. Too much glitter and ruffles. LOL I wanted to live in a bookstore and sort books. I used to pile mine and my mom’s books on the floor in tall stacks and then imagine I was sorting them into piles in my own bookstore. It drove my mother mad because nothing was where she had put it. I sorted alphabetically and then by author and then by genre…depending on my mood that day. ROFL. Very interesting post, I would never want to trade places, that’s for sure!

  5. Melanie, Thank you for a lovely post. Very informative and fun. When I was little all I wanted to be was a black panther. I would hide in the hall closet, shut my eyes and concentrate on transforming. I still do it occasionally, but thus far, I am still a red-headed human. Perhaps I should readjust my goals? It’s never too late to become a princess as I can’t seem to cross the species gap.

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