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17 Of The Stupidest, Least Dignified Ways Royals Have Died

The royal houses of Europe have had a bloody history. From battles to coups and assassinations, kings and queens have suffered deaths ranging from the serene to the ridiculous. After all, death is central to the idea of monarchy: new kings and queens can ascend the throne only once their predecessor has died. Monarchy itself is built on the condition of death.

But that does not mean that all royal deaths are dignified. Some kings and queens have gone gently into that dark night after respectable illnesses. Others have been victims of political struggles. Still others have not been as lucky in death, and they exemplify some of the stupidest ways royals have died. Like royals who had terrible portraits, bizarre obsessions, or were just plain weird, these dumbest royal deaths are more examples of the ways in which monarchs have been absolutely ridiculous throughout history.

The stupidest royal deaths prove that, at the end of the day, men and women who sit on thrones and wear ancient crowns are no more or less human than the people over whom they claim authority. Some of the dumbest ways royals have died also happen to be some of the most entertaining.

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