"Kings Can Do Everything": the most scandalous unequal marriages in European history

• "Kings Can Do Everything": The most scandalous unequal marriages in European history

Unequal marriages among the royals of yore caused an uproar in the community. But these days, judging the mesalliances called a manifestation of snobbery, and representatives of royal families is increasingly marry with the "mere mortals", proving to the world that "all are kings." The most scandalous and sensational unequal marriages celebrated persons in European history - later in the review.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess House of Hohenberg (Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his family

Until the early twentieth century. unequal marriages in royal families were rare - they were regarded as a disgrace the family, even in the case where the members of the ruling dynasties combined vows not to commoners and aristocrats. Thus, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand chose to marry one of the maids of honor of Archduchess Isabella von Croix, the Czech Countess Sophia Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, which caused an uproar in the community. Emperor Franz Joseph long resisted marriage, but when he realized that his nephew is ready to give up the succession to the throne for the woman he loved, gave him.

The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his family

The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his family

June 28, 1900 in the Vienna palace was officially registered marriage announcement. He was morganatic - Franz Ferdinand signed the "act of abdication," in which his wife and future children could not claim the throne. At the wedding, I did not attend any of the ruling Habsburg dynasty. Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg was considered a rank lower than the lowest Archduchess. It was the most famous and controversial of unequal marriages, the Habsburgs.

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII

Wallis Simpson

In the twentieth century. mesalliances cases in royal families frequent. Uncle of the current British Queen Elizabeth II Edward VIII in 1936 abdicated for the opportunity to combine the vows with the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson. Edward VIII was the only king in the history of England, who voluntarily abdicated.

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII

In the second half of the twentieth century. Norwegian Cinderella story led many girls dream about a similar fate: in 1968 Crown Prince Harald of Norway (later King Harald V) married a clothing store saleswoman Sonja Haraldsen. They were waiting for permission to marry 9 years.

Wedding Sonja Haraldsen and Prince Harald

Wedding Sonja Haraldsen and Prince Harald

In 1976, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf married the daughter of a German businessman Silvia Sommerlath. They met when Sylvia worked as a translator at ogrkomitete Munich Olympics. For her sake, Carl Gustav made changes to the monarchical law: since the Swedish royal family members have the right to marry with the representatives of ordinary families.

King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, unequal marriages have become ubiquitous, and the concept is no longer relevant misalliance. For example, in 2001 after a scandal Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married a waitress Mette-Marit Heubach. But the scandal did not occur due to the type of its activities, and due to the fact that it is up to the meeting with Haakon gave birth to an illegitimate son of a drug addict, has repeatedly convicted for fighting and possession of cocaine, and she herself is a young man on drugs. Mette-Marit privselyudno admitted past mistakes, and then took her to the royal family.

Norway Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Norway Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit

The surveyor can also be a princess - it is by their example proved Claire Louise Coombs, when in 2003 she married the youngest son of the King of Belgium Albert II. Parents hesitated with a blessing, but as the throne was meant eldest son, the wedding did take place.

Belgian Prince Laurent and Princess Claire

Belgian Prince Laurent and Princess Claire

Further more. In 2004, the second son of the Queen of the Netherlands, Prince Johan Friso married ex-girlfriend of the leader of the Amsterdam mafia, Mabel Wisse Smith. For the bride a young man waived his right to succession. That same year, the Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik Andre Henrik Christian married Realtors Mary Elizabeth Donaldson and Crown Prince Felipe of Spain (now King Philip VI) - a divorced 31-year-old TV journalist Leticia Ortiz Rokasolano.

The Netherlands Prince Johan Friso and Mabel Wisse Smith