Greatest monarchs who never reigned

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Don Juan of Austria ,illegitimate son of Charles quint , trusted by his half brother Phillip II of Spain
commander at the great Naval battle of Lepanto , governor general of the Low countries
all recognized his great talents and charming personality
all his life he was hoping for a crown , coming close several times
often called "the king without a country"
 

MAGolding

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Aug 2015
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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Prince Frederick would've been an interesting monarch, he died in 1751, 9 years before his father George II, if he became king in 1760 he would be relatively aged (He was born in 1707.) however if he lived up to the 1770s we might've seen a different British government policy and outcomes in the 7 Years' War and the American Revolution.


The Grand Dauphin Louis ( died 1711.) or the Little Dauphin Louis (died 1712, at the age of 29.) would've been interesting monarchs as successors to Louis XIV and maybe would've been more competent than Louis XV.
They would certainly have been more competent in 1715 than Louis XV was in 1715. Who knows which would have been more competent at a specific age.
 
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Apr 2019
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Louis XVI of France, Carlos V and Felipe II of Spain, Elizabeth 1st (England) and Queen Victoria, Alexandre Ist of Russia are those who come into my mind.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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Prince Frederick would've been an interesting monarch, he died in 1751, 9 years before his father George II, if he became king in 1760 he would be relatively aged (He was born in 1707.) however if he lived up to the 1770s we might've seen a different British government policy and outcomes in the 7 Years' War and the American Revolution.
Can you please elaborate on this part?

The Grand Dauphin Louis ( died 1711.) or the Little Dauphin Louis (died 1712, at the age of 29.) would've been interesting monarchs as successors to Louis XIV and maybe would've been more competent than Louis XV.
Agreed. Also, what about Louis, Duke of Orleans?
 
Apr 2018
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Upland, Sweden
Fredrick III of Germany could well have reigned a bit longer.

You always make me think of the Kaiserreich for some reason, @Futurist.


Otherwise, I'd have loved to see the King of Italy (Umberto the second I think it was) after WW2 remaining on the throne. That would certainly have been interesting if nothing else... although the monarchy probably wouldn't have been able to maintain legitimacy.
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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Do you think that Fred III could have been an Imperial German Gorbachev?

As for Italy, it's good that they got rid of their monarchy when they did. That way, they were able to keep agnatic primogeniture and thus to pave the way for the Savoy-Aosta branch to eventually become claimants to the Italian throne.