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The Watcher 04-24-2007 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by LadyK
This seems a little off topic, but from reading Henri M's last post, I have a question. He mentioned Willem IV Alexander, and I'm wondering: will the Prince of Orange, when he takes the throne, be Willem V Alexander, or Willem-Alexander the ___ or something different altogether?

Willem IV according the prince himself. Henri M. mentioned also Her Royal Highness Máxima, Princess of the Netherlands,which probably will not be her title in my opinion. But that's an other discussion ;)

Next Star 05-17-2007 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Her_Majesty
Well, I think in most Monarchies the Kings /Queens have to be 18 years (or older of course) to rule the country.
I think it's because "18" is a very fixed "mark" in the European Society. When you are 18 you are an "adult".
So, you can vote, drive a car ,...well and a Heir to the Throne can become a King :lol: .


What happenes if a King dies and the Heir to the Throne isn't 18 yet?
Would his wife "rule" the country until her Son/daughter is able to be King/Queen or would one of the King's siblings be the "ruler" for this period? (I guess so...)

Such because someone can vote or drive a car does not mean their are ready to head state of state espically at the age of 18. Other 18 year olds will be going off to college or getting a job not being head of state. Atleast the age should be 21 to be head of state.

Leslie2006 12-04-2007 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Emilia (Post 297537)
In Belgium , the crownprince(princess) has to be 18 years before he/she can become king or queen . King Boudewijn became king when he was 18 . Ofcourse , this is to young , but legal .Until he was 18 , Prince Karel ( I think it was his uncle ) was regent of Belgium .

You're correct about Charles being regent. Yes, he was Baudouin's paternal uncle--the younger brother of Leopold III. Prince Charles served as regent during World War II, I believe, since the king and his family were forced to leave for Switzerland at the time.

Stefan 12-15-2007 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by ysbel (Post 297605)
The 18 year old age limit dates from a time when people grew up faster and died younger. I think the last British monarch to successfully take over the throne at 18 was Henry VIII. But the generals and statesmen running the country were all young too.

Before him Edward III was crowned as a child but he assumed the powers at 18. However, at 18, he had already led the English forces in battle several times. That was what was needed at that time for a King to gain respect of his subjects and rule effectively.

18 year olds today are not in the same league.

Queen Victoria became Queen only a month after her 18. birthday in June 1837.

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Originally Posted by Emilia (Post 297537)
King Boudewijn became king when he was 18 . Ofcourse , this is to young , but legal .Until he was 18 , Prince Karel ( I think it was his uncle ) was regent of Belgium .

King Baudouin I. became King in July 1951 when he was 20.

PrincessofEurope 12-27-2007 07:01 PM

i think that queen elizabeth and queen victoria prove that maturity isnt always the key to a long and successful reign

Royal Fan 12-31-2007 09:10 PM

How old are The Prince of Wales and Prince William likely to be also with reguards to the other European Heirs Apprent

Lumutqueen 04-04-2009 02:13 PM

Who is they youngest monarch at the moment does anybody no?
I don't mean just the heir, their spouses like Queen Rania??

And who was the youngest monarch ever?
I thought it was Henry the VIII son Edward?

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Kotroman 04-05-2009 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by lumutqueen (Post 918011)
And who was the youngest monarch ever?
I thought it was Henry the VIII son Edward?

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The youngest monarchs were King John II of France and King Alphonse XIII of Spain. They were both born after their fathers had died, so they became monarchs at the moment of birth... or even in the womb ;)

Lumutqueen 04-10-2009 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Kotroman (Post 918323)
The youngest monarchs were King John II of France and King Alphonse XIII of Spain. They were both born after their fathers had died, so they became monarchs at the moment of birth... or even in the womb ;)

Wow, thank you. :)
They obviously didn't ascend the throne, so what happened?
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Kotroman 04-10-2009 04:02 PM

I don't understand. They didn't literally ascend the throne as they obviously couldn't sit on the day of birth :smile: They did become monarchs though. Alphonse XIII's mother, Maria Christina of Austria, served as regent for her son, while John I's regent and successor was his uncle, Philip V. (NB: there is a typo in my previous reply, it's John I, not John II, who became monarch at birth)

Mary I, Queen of Scots, was less than a week old when she became monarch and she was crowned when she was a 9-month-old baby.

Lumutqueen 04-10-2009 05:29 PM

John I of France - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

According to this, The Prince died when he was 5 days old. The his uncle Phillip V succeded.

My my, A queen at six days old. Thats something.

Your right Alfonso XIII mother Maria Christina acted as regent until he was 16.

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Iluvbertie 05-24-2009 07:17 AM

The youngest King of England was Henry VI who was about 9 months old when his father, Henry V, died.

Since Edward VI (who was 10 when he became King) no English monarch has needed a regency with Victoria coming the closest.

Before Edward VI there had been a number of child kings - Richard II, Henry VI, Edward V and Edward VI to name a few of them.

egbert the second 04-21-2011 08:32 PM

Henry the sixth became king aged 6 months

Grandduchess24 02-13-2012 06:15 PM

Is there really an age "limit" to be monarch ?I don't think so because at what ever age they are when their parent monarch dies when what ever age they are they are heir to the throne but then again there is the regency thing until they are of age but was trying to be avoided for Queen Victoria,who was in the middle of her uncles William and leopold.

Lumutqueen 02-13-2012 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by egbert the second (Post 1236246)
Henry the sixth became king aged 6 months

He was aged nine months, he was born on 6th December 1421 and became King on 31st August 1422.

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Originally Posted by Grandduchess24 (Post 1370216)
Is there really an age "limit" to be monarch ?

No there is no age limit to be a monarch, but there is certainly an age when a member of royalty should be capable to rule. Such as in the case above, a King at 9 months old is not a very capable King.

CyrilVladisla 11-24-2014 05:59 PM

Sancho II of Portugal was born September 8, 1209.
He became King of Portugal in 1223.
Queen Maria II of Portugal was declared of age when she was fifteen.

nascarlucy 11-29-2014 07:08 AM

The person would have to be the age of majority to become King/Queen. Prior to this, someone else would be ruling.


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