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Royal Twins Throughout History

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A List of royal twins, with photos! This list includes both fraternal and identical twins who were also royalty. Only 2% of the world's population are twins, and only 0.2% are identical twins. Why have a singleton when you can double the kids for double the fun? To this day, twins are considered exotic. Couples trying for their first child often muse that fraternal twins (one boy, one girl) would be ideal. In scientific terms, identical twins are known as "monozygotic" and fraternal twins as "dizygotic."

While twins may be unusual, some researchers suggest that as many as 1 in 8 pregnancies begin as twins, however, only one fetus is brought to full term as the other disintegrates. This is known as "Vanishing Twin Syndrome". There is also such a thing as semi-identical twins in which the twins inherit identical genes from their mother, but different genes from their father. This list of royal twins in history includes all types of twins, and they have all done something notable.
Archduchess Michaela of Austria

Michaela von Habsburg (Michaela Maria Madeleine Kiliana Habsburg-Lothringen) was born 13 September 1954, in Würzburg. She is the twin sister of Monika von Habsburg, and daughter of Otto von Habsburg and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 64

Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany

Archduchess Monika of Austria

Monika von Habsburg (née Monika Maria Roberta Antonia Raphaela Habsburg-Lothringen), Duchess de Santangelo (born 13 September 1954, in Würzburg), the daughter of Otto von Habsburg and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 64

Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany

Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi

Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi (born 13 October 1972) is the second son and third child of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. He is a member of the Royal and Ducal House of Bourbon-Parma, and also an extended member of the Dutch Royal Family and a Dutch nobleman with the title Prince de Bourbon de Parme. The title "Count of Bardi" is not recognized within the Dutch nobility. From 2014 to 2018 he was the Dutch ambassador to the Holy See. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 46

Birthplace: Nijmegen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Princess Margarita Maria Beatriz of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno (Dutch: Margarita Maria Beatrix Prinses de Bourbon de Parme; born 13 October 1972), is the eldest daughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, and is member of the Royal and Ducal House of Bourbon-Parma, as well of the Dutch Royal Family. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 46

Birthplace: Nijmegen, Kingdom of the Netherlands