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What The Most Famous Royals Looked Like When They Were Alive  

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Artistic recreations of historical monarchs bring legends to life. From full-blown 3D character models to realistic Photoshop renderings of kings and queens, these advanced images make ancient royals seem almost approachable. It's almost as if they're present on Earth once again.

The reconstruction techniques rely on digital overlays of paintings and sculptures. Sometimes, they're conjured from plaster death masks of the individuals' faces. The true forms of these famous monarchs are no longer steeped in mystery.

Robert the Bruce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What The Most Famous Royals Looked Like When They Were Alive
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Robert I, popularly known as Robert the Bruce, was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. Robert was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, and eventually led Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland's place as an independent nation and is today remembered in Scotland as a national hero. Descended from the Anglo-Norman and Gaelic nobilities, he was a paternal fourth-great grandson of David I. Robert’s grandfather, Robert de Brus, 5th Lord of Annandale, was one of the claimants to the Scottish throne during the "Great Cause". As Earl of Carrick, Robert the Bruce supported his family’s ...more on Wikipedia

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Mary, Queen of Scots is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What The Most Famous Royals Looked Like When They Were Alive
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Mary, Queen of Scots, also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and Queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560. Mary, the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland, was six days old when her father died and she acceded to the throne. She spent most of her childhood in France while Scotland was ruled by regents, and in 1558, she married the Dauphin of France, Francis. He ascended the French throne as King Francis II in 1559, and Mary briefly became queen consort of France, until his death in December 1560. Widowed, Mary returned to Scotland, arriving in Leith on 19 August 1561. Four years ...more on Wikipedia

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Henry IV of France is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What The Most Famous Royals Looked Like When They Were Alive
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Henry IV, Henri-Quatre, also known by the epithet "Good King Henry", was King of Navarre from 1572 to 1610 and King of France from 1589 to 1610. He was the first French monarch of the House of Bourbon. Baptised as a Catholic but raised in the Protestant faith by his mother Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, he inherited the throne of Navarre in 1572 on the death of his mother. As a Huguenot, Henry was involved in the French Wars of Religion, barely escaping assassination in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, and later led Protestant forces against the royal army. Henry, as Head of the House of Bourbon, was a direct male-line descendant of Louis IX of France, and "first prince of the blood". ...more on Wikipedia

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Marie Antoinette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What The Most Famous Royals Looked Like When They Were Alive
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Marie Antoinette, born an Archduchess of Austria, was Dauphine of France from 1770 to 1774 and Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1792. She was the fifteenth and penultimate child of Maria Theresa of Austria and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor. In April 1770, upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, she became Dauphine of France. She assumed the title Queen of France and of Navarre when her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI upon the death of his grandfather Louis XV in May 1774. After seven years of marriage, she gave birth to a daughter, Marie-Thérèse Charlotte, the first of her four children. Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French people ...more on Wikipedia

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