Photography is an older medium than one might think, dating back to the late 1820s. The fidelity of those first heliographs, daguerreotypes, and calotypes could be rough, but the promise was clear. Over time, photographs became more efficient to produce than paintings.
By the mid-1800s, painted portraits of royalty were no longer the only way to capture a regal likeness. Check out these photos of historical royalty matched up with their official portraits, and vote up the pairs that reflect their subjects' majesty.