9 forbidden royal novels that ended in a wedding

While everyone is vigorously discussing the love story of Nicholas II and ballet dancer Matilda Kshesinskaya, told in the film by Alexey Teacher, Woman's Day wondered: were the emperor's feelings for the commoner really strong, since he could not defend them? After all, history knows the facts when the rulers married for love against all odds.

The film by Alexei Uchitel "Matilda" does not discuss today, perhaps, only lazy. The tape tells us about the forbidden love of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II, who came into contact with the ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya. And although in the film there is a place for artistic exaggeration and fiction, you can’t argue against historical facts - the novel of Nicholas and Matilda took place. According to the ballerina’s diaries, she loved the emperor passionately and selflessly, and when the engagement of Nicholas and Alice of Hesse-Darmstadt happened, she was crushed by grief.Perhaps, in the depths of her heart, the girl believed that feelings could win the debt ... But, probably, the latter turned out to be above all for the sovereign. Or maybe the passion for Matilda was not so strong? Dynastic marriages at all times bound the rulers hand and foot, but if love turned out to be real, it broke all obstacles - members of royal families went against the court, fell into disfavor or even abdicated the throne.

Peter I and Martha Skavronskaya

During the reign of the first emperor of Russia, there was no official ban on royal misallians. At that time, there was no concept of “morganatic marriage,” that is, a union of people of unequal status, in which the spouse of inferior descent cannot elevate his status. The ban on such mesallies in the royal environment was enshrined in the Law on the succession, which was adopted only under Paul I. But although in the time of Peter, marrying a commoner, the emperor did not automatically have to give up the throne, the likelihood that the ruler will want to marry which does not promise him any political benefits, was extremely small.Still, unions by rulers always consisted in order to obtain certain benefits - allies, lands, etc. That is why the story of the ascension to the throne of the second wife of Peter I, who was able to get the title of empress and even autocraticly rule after the death of the king, It seems unbelievable to historians.

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Emperor Peter I married a concubine, who before him had several lovers
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Martha Skavronskaya, who received the name Ekaterina in baptism, was born in Latvia into a poor peasant family. Her parents died early, and the girl was sent to a pastor for upbringing. There she lived as a servant until the Northern War began. When the Russian troops captured the city where Martha lived, the pastor came out to negotiate with them, and at that time Field Marshal Sheremetyev noticed the girl who accompanied him. He took Martha by force, making him his mistress. Being in Moscow, the girl soon changed her patron, they became the closest associate of Peter, Count Menshikov. In 1703, being his guest, the maiden was spotted by the emperor himself, and Menshikov had to give up the beauty. After an unsuccessful marriage with Evdokia Lopukhina, Peter I did not plan to marry again, but Martha,according to historians, she became literally irreplaceable for the king - she traveled with him on exhausting campaigns, she was able to calm him down in the most difficult situation. In 1712 their wedding took place, and in 1724 Peter I crowned his spouse.

Konstantin Pavlovich and Zhanetta Grudzinskaya

He knows the Romanov dynasty and the cases of abdicating from the throne for the sake of the beloved. Konstantin Pavlovich, the son of Paul I, went to such a sacrifice. Before meeting the love of his life, the crown prince entered into a dynastic marriage at the insistence of the court. At the age of 15, Constantine married a German princess Julianne of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (in baptism, Anna Feodorovna). He did not love his betrothed young heir, and gradually the life of the spouses turned into hell - not only did the husband cheat on his wife, but he also was plagued by the virtuous girl with unfounded jealousy. As a result, in 1801, Anna Feodorovna left Russia. She returned to her native Coburg on the pretext that she should care for her sick mother.

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The House of Romanov for a long time did not agree to divorce. However, it soon became inevitable - Konstantin Pavlovich fell in love and decided to marry. Being in 1815 at a ball in Warsaw, he met one of the first Polish beauties - Countess Zhanetta Grudzinska. The heir to the throne was struck down by her beauty and inaccessibility.According to contemporaries, the countess was a miracle as good, and among her bowers were the most prominent gentlemen, including Konstantin’s brother, the future emperor Alexander I. It took five years for the courtship of Jeannette to fall in love. In 1820, the girl agreed to become his wife. After the couple were married according to Orthodox and Catholic customs, Konstantin Pavlovich was forced to abdicate the throne, as he married a non-royal person. Instead, the emperor was Alexander I.

Mikhail Alexandrovich and Natalya Brasova

Let not on renunciation, but on the sake of a woman, the closest relative of Nicholas II - his brother Michael - went for the sake of a woman. According to the established procedures, the powers of the regent were entrusted to him - in the event of the death of the emperor, if at that time his heir did not reach the age of majority, the younger brother had to take control of the state. If the heir died, Michael automatically became the emperor. The Grand Duke lost these privileges when he decided to marry Natalia Wulfert (nee Sheremetyevskaya) - the 28-year-old wife of his subordinate lieutenant Wolfert. This lady was married for the second time.Her first husband was accompanist Sergey Mamontov, from whom a daughter was born. Natalya Sergeevna gave birth to her second child from Mikhail. In this case, the son George was born, when the woman was still married to the lieutenant Wolfert.

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Alexander III with family (the youngest son Michael in the form of a sailor)
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The Grand Duke did not receive permission from his brother Nicholas II for this marriage, but decided to neglect the ban. In 1912, the couple secretly married in Vienna. Upon learning of this, the emperor was shocked. In letters to his mother, Maria Fyodorovna, he admitted that he considered his brother’s act a betrayal, because in difficult times for the Romanovs, he was undermining the foundations of the dynasty. The Grand Duke was deprived of all positions and forced to leave the country. The couple returned to Russia when World War I began. Nicholas allowed his brother to serve in the army. In 1915, the emperor recognized George's nephew, although he could not have the rights to the throne and title. The boy received the title of Count Brasov. The same name was adopted and the wife of Michael.

Pavel Alexandrovich and Olga Paley

The uncle of Nicholas II, Grand Duke Pavel Alexandrovich (the younger son of Alexander II) was also capable of desperate acts.By the way, researchers of the history of the house of the Romanovs call him the prettiest of all the men of this dynasty. On June 17, 1889, Paul married his great-uncle, Greek princess Alexandra. Family marriage approved. During marriage, Paul and Alexandra had two children. However, at the age of only 20 years, the wife of the Grand Duke died. It happened in 1891. Paul was a widow for a short time - already in 1902, he began a tumultuous affair. His chosen one was Olga Pistolkors - a twice-divorced lady, the union with which inevitably cast a shadow on the prestige of the house of the Romanovs.

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If you believe the memoirs of contemporaries, Mrs. Pistolkors had no doubt that the emperor, passionately attached to his uncle Paul, would oppose his happiness and give permission for marriage. However, Nicholas II was enraged by this request and not only did not approve the union, but also threatened a relative to deprive him of everything if he disobeyed - both positions and incomes. Paul risked everything and in 1902 he married his beloved. The couple left the country. The Grand Duke also had to give up on his children, who had fostered his brother’s family.And, although the beloved woman had given him three more siblings over the years, Paul was very upset about the separation from the children of his first marriage. He also missed Russia. After many years, the emperor still allowed his uncle to return to his homeland. In 1915, his wife and children received the Russian title of princes Paley.

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

One of the most famous stories of all-consuming love, for which there are no barriers, is associated with the royal family of Great Britain. On December 10, 1936, Edward VIII, having been king for ten months, abdicated the throne. This happened because the monarch was denied the request to marry. In a speech he gave on the radio the day after the abdication, the former king confessed: "I found it impossible ... to fulfill the duties of a king without the help and support of a woman I love." Edward loved an ordinary American Wallis Simpson, who at the time of the beginning of the novel with the heir was married, and she was already in the second marriage. The woman received a divorce, but she hardly expected that she could intermarry with the royal family, because the laws of Great Britain regarding morganatic marriages are harsh. However, the feelings of her lover were stronger.

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Edward and Wallis, 1940
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Wallis Simpson, 1936
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Edward and Wallis Wedding, 1937
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On June 3, 1937, Wallis and Edouard were married in France. They were given the titles Duke and Duchess of Vinsdorsk. Edward's brother Albert (George VI) became King of Great Britain. He forbade a relative to return to the UK without a special invitation. All life the couple lived in exile. Mostly they lived in France. For property (land and castles), which Edward did not lose in renouncing, he received all his life from his family in order. The couple lived together for 35 years, before Edward passed away in 1972. The Duchess of Windsor died in 1986 and was buried next to her husband in the royal tomb in Windsor.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles

But another representative of the English royal family, Prince Charles, was not as decisive in the struggle for his love as his ancestor Edward VIII. At the time when in 1981 he had his wedding with Diana Spencer, the young man was in love with another woman. The relationship between Charles and the Duchess of Cornish Camilla had already lasted for more than nine years.Elizabeth II, with a response to her son’s request to marry, was rejected as a bride. Diana seemed to her more suitable for the role of the princess. However, Charles himself could not overpower himself - all the time of marriage, he was cheating on Lady Di. This marriage made them both miserable. The fate of Camilla, too, was strange: a woman married a famous womanizer Andrew Parker-Bowles, who with her constant novels opened the way for her retaliatory betrayal with the Prince of Wales.

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The wedding of Charles and Camilla, April 9, 2005
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Charles and Camilla, 1979
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Diana Spencer and Camilla, 1980
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And what is surprising is that this novel, having lasted 35 years, nevertheless ended in a wedding. In 2000, Charles officially presented his beloved to Elizabeth II, and in 2005 they were married. I must say that the queen still has not decided to assign the title of Princess of Wales, worn by Diana, to her wife. Also, rumors were leaked to the press that, intending to leave for a well-deserved rest in the foreseeable future, Elizabeth II did not plan to give the throne to Charles, believing that in the hands of the grandson of Prince William he would be safer. Still, the sacrifice for the sake of love, albeit with some delay, Charles brought - reunion with his beloved cost him the trust of his mother.

Kronprinz Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit

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Wedding of Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit, August 25, 2001
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The whole world admired this pair
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Haakon and Mette, 2013
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Haakon and Mette with their daughter Ingrid, 2010
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For the royal house of Norway, mesalliance is not news, but the choice of Crown Prince Haakon still confused his parents. The fact is that the chosen one of the heir to Mette-Marit Thasshem Heibi had a very dubious past. It became known that in her youth, she indulged in forbidden drugs and consisted in connection with the drug addict, from whom she also gave birth. The prospect of having such a princess, of course, did not please the courtyard. The Crown prince was resolutely denied the request to marry. Haakon, however, insisted on his own, convincing everyone that this particular woman was his destiny. The family took pity on him and gave permission for the union, but before that the future princess was obliged to officially obey the sins of youth. On August 25, 2001, Haakon and Mette were married.

Prince Johan Frizo and Mabel Wisse-Smith

Johan Friso is the second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. In 2004, he was deprived of the title of "Prince of the Netherlands" and all rights to the throne.In 2003, Frizo announced his decision to marry. The prince’s choice was businesswoman Mabel Wisse-Smith. However, the Parliament of the Netherlands refused to give permission for this marriage. The dark past of the beloved heir to the throne was to blame. It turned out that long before their acquaintance the girl had a friendship with a well-known drug dealer in the country. She was even present during gangster clashes, as a result of which her infamous friend was killed. According to the dynastic laws of the country, the union of the heir to the throne with a woman having such a dubious past was impossible.

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Wedding Frizo and Mabel, April 24, 2004
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Prince did not stop the highest prohibitions. In 2004, the couple got married. Frizo lost the right to the throne automatically. He and his wife were granted the title of count and countess of Orange-Nassau. In marriage, the couple had two daughters. The fate of this alliance, however, proved tragic. Eight years after the wedding, on February 17, 2012, Frizo, while at a ski resort, fell under an avalanche and suffered severe brain injuries. Doctors fought for the life of the prince for a long time, for some time he lived in a state of awake coma, but died on August 12, 2013.

Prince Louis and Tessie Anthony

Tessie Anthony - sergeant of the Luxembourg army and the daughter of a simple tiler hardly thought she would bear the title of Princess of Luxembourg ... The love story of Prince Louis and Tessie made a lot of noise. The couple met in 2003 in Kosovo - the girl served there as part of the peacekeeping forces, and the prince arrived as part of an inspection trip. Parents were strongly opposed to the novel by Louis, but the heir was implacable. Communication of lovers led to the fact that Tessie gave birth to an illegitimate son. To be together with the chosen one, Louis decided to abandon the claims to the throne. True, the royal family accepted his son Gabriel, and he was nevertheless recognized as the heir. Louis and Tessie got married on September 29, 2006.

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The wedding of Louis of Luxembourg and Tessie Anthony, September 29, 2006
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Louis and Tessie with Sons, 2014
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Louis and Tessie, 2016
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For 12 years of marriage, Tessie became a real royal person - became involved in charity, learned to perfectly behave in public and gained fame of the people's favorite. In 2009, she was officially awarded the title of Princess of Luxembourg. The couple had another child, Prince Noah.However, the happy ending for this story about Cinderella did not work out - in 2017 the court announced the divorce of Louis and Tessie. What was the reason for the separation of spouses, it is not known for certain. In official comments, former lovers limited themselves to banal phrases that their relationship had been exhausted.



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