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The Different Physical Sizes Of British Monarchs

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How tall is the royal family of the United Kingdom? Historically, the physical sizes and features of British monarchs have varied considerably. Whether tall or short, thin or stout, kings and queens in England and Scotland have come in all shapes and sizes.

As members of a complex, overgrown family tree, British monarchs have exhibited a range of larger-than-life physical attributes. The origins of these attributes have often depended on many different factors, including genetics, diet, level of activity, and even the presence of disease.

Monarchs have reacted to their physical sizes in different ways, as well. Many of them believed that their physical bodies symbolized their royal authority. The royal body was thus bound up in politics, and many kings and queens were celebrated or mocked for their physical shape.