Sunday, August 8, 2010

Do You Look Like a Royal?

Everyone has their double they say and for some it is a royal double. At times the similarities can be downright creepy. My late maternal grandfather looked exactly like Belgium's King Leopold II, big nose and long beard and all -a beard he wore after having his chin shot off in Belgium during the battle of the Bulge. Don't feel sorry for him though, he was a rather horrid man all in all. But, there must be many people who resemble royalty considering the number of celebrities who have at least a passing similarity to a number of royals from around the world. Here are a few of them:
Valeria Bruni Tedeshi and Princess Maria Laura of Belgium

Marley Shelton and future Princess of Monaco Charlene Wittstock

Kristen Johnston and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands

Joelle Milquet and Princess Caroline of Monaco

Gweneth Paltrow and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Ivanka Trump

Bette Davis and Empress Carlota of Mexico
(with some makeup and wardrobe assistance)


  1. There was a crazy story that circulated about Leopold III, to the effect that he had really been killed along with his wife in the car crash in 1935 and replaced with a look-alike Nazi spy. Articles were published spreading the story in 1940, amidst the big outraged outcry over his capitulation to the Germans, complete with photographs of the King and the purported secret agent- and, indeed, the resemblance is said to have been striking. Only problem is, the said spy would have had to fool the King's mother, brother, sister, children, government and entire people, a bit of a tall order wouldn't you say?

  2. I had never heard that before. Look alikes are fairly common but yes, that story is way to far-fetched to be believed. Especially as it concerns the King's mother -a mother *knows* her children, no matter their age, no matter the circumstances. There could be absolutely identical twins and the mother can still always tell them apart.

    Also, just to play along with the silly story -if he was a German spy he was a pretty poor one, leading the most tenacious resistance against them of any of the low countries and refusing all efforts at cooperation.

  3. Yes, one would have to say that the spy had apparently switched sides on the job;-)

  4. If my Nana had Queen Elizabeth's hairstyle I say she would look exactly the same, also just so happens that my Grandpa looks a lot like Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

    My father bears a resemblence to George V and Tsar Nicholas II.

  5. I had an "aunt" who was born on the same day as QE2, nothing more than that, but her sister did look exactly like the Queen. I think their family had some royal ancestry way, way back but quite a few people remarked on how much Dot looked like the Queen.


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