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These Are the 10 Richest Royals in the World

See the wealth behind the world's most elite rulers

From dwindling oil supplies to massive charitable donations, the wealth of the world’s royals is almost always in flux.

On Monday, it was Queen Elizabeth II whose fortune was on the line: The new British government is set to review the Queen’s cut of the profits of the Crown Estate after the property portfolio saw a spike in profits. In other words, the monarch could lose several tens of million in the coming years from her wealth of about $500 million.

Below, take a look at 10 of the richest royals in the world, whose personal fortunes were estimated by Forbes.

  • 1. Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand — $30 billion

    Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej appears to address a crowd from the balcony at the Anantha Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, during his 85th birthday celebration on Dec. 5, 2012.
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    Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, is the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, with an estimated wealth of $30 billion in 2014, according to Business Spectator and Forbes. King Bhumibol’s wealth is managed by the Crown Property Bureau. It includes over 3,000 acres of land in central Bangkok and shares in Siam Cement and Siam Commercial Bank. He also owns the 545-carat Golden Jubilee Diamond, the largest cut and faceted diamond in the world.

  • 2. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei — $20 billion

    Bruneiís Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and members of the royal family leave the throne room after his 67th birthday celebrations at Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan on Sept. 15, 2013.

    Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, had an estimated wealth of $20 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. His wealth is a result of oil and gas development in Brunei, and he is known for lavish spending: the Sultan reportedly owns more than 600 Rolls-Royces, and his residence — Istana Nurul Iman, the world’s largest palace — cost over $350 million.

  • 3. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Former King of Saudi Arabia — $18 billion

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arrives at Heathrow Airport in west London on Oct. 29, 2007.
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    Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the late King of Saudia Arabia, had an estimated wealth of $18 billion in 2011, according him to Forbes, making him the third richest royal in the world before his death on Jan. 23, 2015. When Abdullah took the throne in 2005, the oil-rich country soon began a $26 billion construction project of a city named in his honor.

  • 4. Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi — $15 billion

    President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on May 1, 2013 in London.
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    Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir of Abu Dhabi, had an estimated wealth of $15 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. Sheikh Khalifa has amassed a fortune as chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages the UAE’s excess oil reserves, estimated to be worth up to half a trillion dollars. He is also known for his philanthropy, contributing to state-of-the-art medical facilities and relief organizations.

  • 5. Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Emir Sheikh of Dubai — $4 billion

    Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (L) is seen next to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (L 2) during his official visit in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 2, 2015.
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    Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir Sheikh of Dubai, had an estimated wealth of $4 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. Sheikh Mohammed is known for his charitable donations, including a gift of $10 billion in 2007 to set up the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, which aims to empower future generations to develop sustainable solutions in the Arab world.

  • 6. Hans Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein — $3.5 billion

    Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein Hans-Adam II is seen during his visit in Olomouc, Czech Republic on May 20, 2014 on the occasion of the presentation of proceedings of international scientific conference titled Princely House of Liechtenstein family in the history of the Czech lands.
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    Hans-Adam II, the Prince of Liechtenstein, has an estimated wealth of $3.5 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. His fortune comes from owning the Liechtenstein Global Trust, the largest family-owned private wealth firm in Europe. Prince Hans-Adam is known for his extravagant art collection on display in the Liechtenstein Museum.

  • 7. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Former Emir of Qatar — $2.4 billion

    Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar on June 01, 2014, in Doha, Qatar.
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    Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar and member of the Al Thani Qatari royal family, had an estimated wealth of $2.4 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. His wealth comes from establishing the Qatar Investment Authority, which manages the country’s excess oil and gas reserves. Sheik Hamad is known for establishing the first Arab global news network, Al Jazeera, loaning about $137 million to support the organization.

  • 8. Albert II, Prince of Monaco — $US 1 billion

    Prince Albert II of Monaco attends the National Day Parade as part of Monaco National Day Celebrations at Monaco Palace on Nov. 19, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
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    Albert II, the Prince of Monaco, had an estimated wealth of $1 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. His wealth includes holdings in the Société des bains de mer de Monaco, a company that manages the riches of the Monte Carlo Casino and Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

  • 9. Shah Karim al-Hussayni, Aga Khan IV of France — $800 Million

    Shah Karim al-Hussayni, HH The Aga Khan attends Royal Ascot races at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2009 in Ascot, England.
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    Shah Karim al-Hussayni, the Aga Khan IV of France, had an estimated wealth of $800 million in 2011, according to Forbes. The Aga Khan, who does not rule over a specific geographic territory, is known for extravagant possessions including a lavish yacht club in Sardinia.

  • 10. Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman — $700 Million

    Omani Leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said addresses the opening session of the Council of Oman in Muscat on Oct. 31, 2011.
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    Qaboos bin Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman, had an estimated wealth of $700 million in 2011, according to Forbes. His personal fortune owes to the country’s gas and oil sectors. The Sultan is known for his personal financing of several restorations of mosques around the country.

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Queen Elizabeth Might Take a Pay Cut

Queen Elizabeth II visits Lancaster Castle in Lancaster, England on May 29, 2015.
Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II visits Lancaster Castle in Lancaster, England on May 29, 2015.

The new government has billions of pounds of spending cuts to announce

Eight hundred years since the English first put a leash on their sovereign’s spending habits, they’re about to tighten the squeeze on Queen Elizabeth.

The daily The Independent reports Monday that the new government is to review current legislation that guarantees the Royal Household a 15% cut in the profits from the Crown Estate, a vast property portfolio that owns stuff from London’s swanky Regent Street to Ascot Racecourse.

That’s because the profits on the Estate have risen far more sharply in recent years than forecast at the time the current arrangements were drawn up in 2011.

Under British law, the Crown Estate pays all its profit out to the Treasury, which then passes 15% back to the Royal Household. There’s also a clause that states that the Treasury will never cut the Queen’s budget in absolute terms. For the current financial year, it’s just over $60 million. That money is supposed to cover both the Queen’s private expenses and her official duties.

But because the Estate’s profit has risen by some 29% in the last three years, the current formula is giving the Queen a big pay raise–just as a new government is about to take an axe to the rest of the country’s public spending, starting with welfare and (although they won’t admit it yet) most probably ending with the politically sacrosanct National Health Service. That’s a recipe for a PR disaster, especially for a Conservative government that is in any case habitually accused of favoring the upper classes (Prime Minister David Cameron himself is descended from an illegitimate child of King William IV–had he lived 500 years ago, most people would have argued he had a better claim to the throne than Elizabeth).

The Independent quoted a spokesman for Buckingham Palace as saying: “A review will take place after April 2016 to ensure that the grant provides the resources needed to support the Queen’s official duties.”

The Royal Household’s budget has always been a pleasingly easy target for the headline writers and satirists. Last week’s ceremonial opening of parliament, in which the Queen, as usual, read out the government’s agenda for the next five years, triggered the usual gags about “Woman In 10-Million-Pound Hat Calls For Austerity.”

But the ceremonial pomp, like much else besides in post-crisis Britain, is run on an uncomfortably thin margin. Staff at Windsor Castle threatened industrial action last year, fed up with years of meager pay increases. And a parliamentary report found that Buckingham Palace’s 60 year-old boilers were leaking so badly that they threatened many of the priceless works of arts hanging in the floors below them.

With a painful irony, the review is coming only weeks before the eight hundredth anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta in 1215, the first successful attempt by the English to limit the crown’s sovereignty. Her Maj would likely argue that bringing the Palace’s heating system into the 21st century isn’t quite as egregious as King John’s robbing the nobility and merchant classes to fund disastrous wars in France. Still, as the staff at Windsor (and soon every ministerial spending head) will tell you, it’s all relative.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com.

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Prince William: I’ll Have to Ask ‘the Missus’ Before Taking George to a Soccer Game

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Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George of Cambridge at the Lindo Wing following the birth his second child at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London.

The prince, 32, is a huge fan of Aston Villa Football Club

Prince William would love for his son Prince George to join him in the soccer stands – if he can get the go-ahead from his wife,Princess Kate.

“I’ll have to pass that by the missus, see how I can get away with it!” William tells BBC reporter Gary Lineker in a new interview to be aired ahead of the FA Cup soccer final on Saturday.

The prince, 32, is a huge fan of Aston Villa Football Club and admits that he’s hoping 22-month-old son Prince George shares his allegiance.

“The responsible thing would be to say to let him make his own mind up, but I think I might be quite biased!” William tells Lineker, adding, “I haven’t quite worked out how to play that yet.

“He can support whoever he wants, but if he supports Villa, it’d be fantastic. I’d love to go to the odd match with him in the future.”

But if George goes his own way, William also notes that his 1-month-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, could end up in the “Villains” camp: “It’ll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan, and George will go and support someone else!”

William will be attending the prestigious FA Cup Final at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday in his capacity as President of the English Football Association.

Along with watching his favorite team in action, he could get to fulfill every fan’s dream of handing the historic trophy to the Aston Villa captain should they triumph over London rivals Arsenal FC – also known as “The Gunners.”

“I’m nervous now! I’m terrified,” William says about the prospect.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Our Obsession With the Royals Goes Way Back

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Popperfoto/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth I, depicted as ruler of the world, circa 1590

A biographer of Elizabeth I explains what the queen went through

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This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was originally published at HNN.

The British royal family has been a constant focus of public attention at home, in America, and indeed throughout the world. The births, marriages, and deaths of its members take place on the public stage, while reports about their private lives enthral readers of newspapers and magazines. The latest example has been the sight of journalists camping outside the hospital as the world awaited the arrival of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. But, it was always thus. Even when there were no journalists or paparazzi, monarchs were subjects of public interest, and many of them had no private lives at all.

Queen Elizabeth I famously declared “we princes, I tell you, are set on stages, in the sight and view of all the world duly observed.” She was right. For most of her life as queen, she was the centre of attention whether in the Presence Chamber of the court or while traveling on royal progress to different parts of her realm. Ambassadors relayed her conversations and conduct to foreign governments. Gossip spread from the court orally and by letter, detailing the queen’s moods, opinions, and relationships with the men whom she met and favored. Furthermore, Elizabeth was never alone: male grooms, female companions, and maids of honor were always present in her private apartments; in her bedchamber, she slept alongside a gentlewoman who acted as chaperone.

How did the queen manage all this public notice and lack of privacy? From the experiences of her early teens – during the reigns of her half siblings Edward VI and Mary I – Elizabeth learned that she needed to perform and dissemble in order to keep out of political trouble. It is true that she forgot the lesson soon after her accession when she failed to hide her strong feelings for Sir Robert Dudley. But the malicious gossip that followed did such harm to her reputation that she never again made the same mistake. Instead, she became the mistress of performance.

Like the present royals, Elizabeth wore spectacular outfits to project power and status on public occasions. Her dresses were made of the richest materials and finest embroidery; her jewelry was magnificent and often had a symbolic meaning, such as the pelican brooch that signified self-sacrifice. Her dressmakers were adept at detaching and pinning together the individual panels that made up her garments so that she never seemed to be wearing the same clothes twice.

When on the public stage, Elizabeth’s gestures and conduct were finely tuned to convey a particular impression: whether the smiles she bestowed on those she sought to charm, or the anger she displayed towards courtiers and councillors who had annoyed her. Her decision to walk out of her first Christmas Day service as queen when the bishop began to celebrate a mass by elevating the host was designed to convey to spectators that she intended to change her church from Roman Catholic to Protestant. It is possible that Elizabeth’s behavior was sometimes spontaneous, but it is really difficult to tell as there was usually a political motive to explain it. So, for example, she may well have been genuinely furious and distressed when her trusted councillors went behind her back to dispatch the signed death warrant that resulted in the execution of Mary Queen of Scots at Fotheringhay Castle in February 1587, but she also needed to display that anger in order to convince Mary’s son James VI of Scotland and other foreign monarchs that she was guiltless of the crime of killing a kinswoman and fellow monarch.

Since Elizabeth was never alone in her private apartments, she knew that she had to surround herself with loyal companions and servants who would not disclose their mistress’ secrets to outsiders. She, therefore, filled the positions in her Privy Chamber with members of her family (most often her Boleyn relatives) and the women who had served in her household during her years as a princess. They did not have to sign a secrecy clause, like today’s royal household servants, but they were expected to be discreet. As a result, Elizabeth could sometimes relax and let the mask slip. Even so, she was still subject to the public gaze, since these and other courtiers passed on what they observed about her frame of mind. Thanks to their gossip, historians know of the occasions when she suffered the pain of toothache, became distraught at the death of a loved one, or grew angry with a maid who was not carrying out her duties punctiliously. It is thanks to their reports that the human face of Elizabeth becomes visible.

Through news reports, it’s been known that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want to keep their privacy as much as possible and hope to limit their children’s exposure to the public glare so that they can lead reasonably normal lives. Sadly, this may be unrealistic. The media’s hunger for celebrity and glamor is insatiable. Rogue royal servants – such as the late Princess Diana’s ex-butler – can be tempted to sell details of their intimate lives, and ambitious photographers have already invaded their space. As it was with Elizabeth I, total privacy is impossible for a royal. Like her, they have constructed a popular public image, but to retain it they will have to be wary of how they live and behave away from the camera.

Susan Doran teaches at St Benet’s Hall and is a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. She has published numerous books on Tudor history, including “The Tudor Chronicles” (2008). Her work has included consultancies for the media, and she has edited catalogues for three major exhibitions in London. Her latest book, “Elizabeth I and Her Circle,” will be available from Oxford University Press in June 2015.


Here are 5 Surprising Jobs You Can Get With the U.K. Royal Family

The Queen's Swan Marker David Barber holds a cygnet before releasing it back into the River Thames, after it was counted and checked during the annual "Swan Upping" census in July 2014.
Matt Dunham—AP The Queen's Swan Marker David Barber holds a cygnet before releasing it back into the River Thames, after it was counted and checked during the annual "Swan Upping" census in July 2014.

Amid the housekeepers, drivers and security forces, the royal household employs people in more peculiar positions

One of the biggest questions on people’s minds as the Duchess of Cambridge left London’s St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, was just how Kate could manage to leave her doctors’ care less than ten hours after giving birth. (And looking stunning while doing it, no less.)

The answer partly lies in the fact that the royal household has a large and trusted staff including an appointed Surgeon-Gynecologist to the Royal Family, Dr Alan Farthing, who has held the position since 2008. In addition to his royal role, Farthing also has a private practice on London’s Harley Street and works at London’s Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.

While it may strike some as surprising that the royal household has its very own Surgeon-Gynecologist with a formal title, it’s actually one of the more logical positions that are currently held. Though historical jobs with the royal family tend to sound even more bizarre —formal titles included Chocolate Maker to the Queen and Keeper of the Lions in the Tower — there are still some peculiar positions within the current royal household.

Here are some of the more unusual royal job titles and posts that are currently held:

Warden of the Swans — Together with the Marker of the Swans — another formal position — the Warden will “conduct the annual census of swans on the Thames,” reports the Guardian, a process called swan upping. The Queen owns all of the unmarked mute swans in the U.K., yet she only chooses to exercise her ownership rights on certain stretches of the Thames. The current Warden, biologist Christopher Perrins, an emeritus fellow at Oxford University, has held the position since 1993. Prior to that, the Warden of the Swans and the Marker of the Swans was one position, known as the Keeper of the Queen’s Swans.

Master of the Queen’s Music — A position with no set responsibilities, the Master of the Queen’s Music is thought to be a position of honor given to a prominent musician for a period of ten years. The current Master is composer Judith Weir, who was appointed in 2014. Though the position does not formally require it, Masters of the Queen’s Music are able to compose music for royal or state occasions if they wish. Weir introduced a special arrangement of the U.K. national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” during King Richard III’s reinternment in March, 2015.

Astronomer Royal — Now largely an honorary title, the senior Astronomer Royal — presently Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, who has held the position since 1995 — is expected to “be available for consultation on scientific matters for as long as the holder remains a professional astronomer,” according to the British Monarchy’s official website.

Master of the Horse — Another honorary position, the Master of the Horse is required to attend all prominent ceremonial occasions where the Queen might be riding on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage. The current Master of the Horse, Lord Samuel Vestey, 74, is also responsible for “periodic inspections of the Royal Mews (stables).”

The Queen’s Piper — A position since the Victorian era, the piper is tasked with playing every weekday at 9:00 a.m. for around 15 minutes under the Queen’s window when she is not traveling and in residence at either Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse or Balmoral Castle. According to the Monarchy’s website, in recent decades the “post has been awarded to a serving soldier and experienced army Pipe Major on [temporary transfer], who retains his army status and pay although becoming a member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace.” The current piper is David Rodgers of the Irish Guards.


Princess Charlotte Meets Her Great-Grandmother the Queen

Princess Charlotte is carried in a car seat by her father, Prince William, in London on May 2, 2015.
John Stillwell—AP Princess Charlotte is carried in a car seat by her father, Prince William, in London on May 2, 2015.

The princess is Queen Elizabeth II's fifth great-grandchild

Princess Charlotte is ready for her audience with the Queen!

Queen Elizabeth II has arrived at Kensington Palace to meet her new great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte, the BBC reports.

The British monarch, 89, missed Charlotte’s birth on Saturday as she was away in Yorkshire for a royal engagement. She did, however, take the chance to wear a hot pink ensemble, possibly as a nod to the arrival of the new princess.

Princess Charlotte has been the center of attention at Kensington Palace since she was welcomed home on Saturday.

A procession of visitors, including Charlotte’s grandparents Carole and Mike Middleton and Prince Charles and Camilla, were among the first to see the little princess on Sunday.

Now, she’s ready for her biggest meeting yet – with great-granny.

It’s believed William, Kate and their children will then head to their country home of Anmer Hall.

The secluded 10-bedroom mansion, which is 110 miles north of London, is the perfect place for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to spend time with Prince George and his new little sister.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also formally registered the birth of Princess Charlotte.

The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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See the Birth Certificate for Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Princess Charlotte's birth certificate
Kensington Palace Princess Charlotte's birth certificate

Occupation: Princess of the United Kingdom

The royal family fills out the same government forms as any other member of the British commonwealth, only their answers are one of a kind, judging by the recent release of Princess Charlotte’s birth records.

It’s not easy to mash a royal title into a standard form, so Prince William took two lines to fill out his name as, “His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Duke of Cambridge.” Ditto for “Catherine Elizabeth Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.”

Under address, Kensington Palace, naturally, but the best answers were reserved for occupation. “Prince” and “Princess of the United Kingdom.” Nice work if you can get it.

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Someone Actually Called Princess Charlotte’s Name in 2013

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Alastair Grant—AP Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, pose for the media with their newborn daughter outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, London, on May 2, 2015.

With three names to guess, just getting one right is an accomplishment, but this guy got them all

While bookies were busy paying out the $1.5 million in won bets on Monday, those who correctly guessed the name Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and didn’t put money on it were proudly patting themselves on the back on Twitter.

Yes, everyone wanted to claim a piece of the pie surrounding Prince William and Princess Kate’s baby girl, but with all the guesses floating around on names – Alice, Victoria, Diana and Elizabeth as first names – the odds of getting all three of the little princess’s monikers correct were slim.

Though the gloaters on Twitter aren’t any richer right now, they should still be pleased with their seriously awesome ESP. We’ve rounded up just a few of the proud predictors – and their varying reactions:

One stands out above the rest–he called this all the way back in July 2013

Read the full story at People

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Here Are 8 Other Famous Charlottes

Authors, revolutionaries, assassins and spies have all carried the name

Kensington Palace announced that the newest member of the royal family will be called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a decision that delighted many and disappointed just a few. The baby’s name pays clear tribute to her great-grandmother, grandmother and other family members, but will also likely cause the name to skyrocket in popularity. Here, meet the other Charlottes who came before the new princess.

  • Charlotte Brontë

    Charlotte Bronte
    Getty Images Charlotte Bronte

    The eldest of the three literary Brontë sisters is best known for writing the classic novel, Jane Eyre.

  • Charlotte York Goldenblatt

    Kristin Davis as Charlotte York Goldenblatt in "Sex and the City."
    New Line Cinema Kristin Davis as Charlotte York Goldenblatt in "Sex and the City."

    The character of Charlotte, played by Kristen Davis, was considered the most traditional and romantic of the Sex and the City foursome.

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Portrait of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, circa 1896.
    Getty Images Charlotte Perkins Gilman, circa 1896.

    Gilman was a utopian feminist who agitated for social reform. She’s best known as the author of the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, about postpartum depression.

  • Charlotte Corday

    Charlotte Corday
    Getty Images Charlotte Corday

    A moderate French revolutionary, Corday assassinated Jean-Paul Marat, who led the more radical wing of the revolution. She stabbed him in the bathtub, an incident that was later depicted in a famous Jacques-Louis David painting. Corday was later beheaded.

  • Charlotte Church

    Charlotte Church sings during the Tsunami Relief Concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on Jan. 22, 2005.
    Reuters Charlotte Church sings during the Tsunami Relief Concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on Jan. 22, 2005.

    Charlotte Church is a Welsh soprano who has sold over $10 million records worldwide.

  • Charlotte d’Ambroise

    Actress Charlotte d'Amboise attends an after party marking the 7,486th performance of 'Chicago.'
    Noam Galai— Getty Images Charlotte d'Amboise attends an after party marking the 7,486th performance of 'Chicago.'

    Charlotte d’Ambroise is a Broadway actress who has frequently starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She’s also starred in Sweet Charity and A Chorus Line.

  • Charlotte Hawkins Brown

    Charlotte Hawkins Brown, founder of the Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, N.C., in 1902
    The Charlotte Observer/MCT/Getty Images Charlotte Hawkins Brown, founder of the Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, N.C., in 1902

    Brown was a prominent African-American educator in the early 20th century who started a school, the Palmer Institute, to educate black students in the south.

  • Charlotte de Suave

    The Marquise of Noirmoutier, Charlotte de Beaune Semblancay seeking to dissuade Henry I of Lorraine, Duke of Guise, called the Scarred, to go to the meeting of the States of Blois before his assassination at the Chateau de Blois.
    Leemage/Corbis The Marquise of Noirmoutier, Charlotte de Beaune Semblancay seeking to dissuade Henry I of Lorraine, Duke of Guise, called the Scarred, to go to the meeting of the States of Blois before his assassination at the Chateau de Blois.

    Charlotte de Suave was a French noblewoman who became mistress of King Henry of Navarre in order to spy on him for Catherine de’Medici. She was a member of Catherine’s ‘Flying Squadron,’ a group of courtesans who seduced men in order to get valuable information from them for the Queen.

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Will and Kate Name Daughter in Honor of Princess Diana

She's named for her late grandmother, Princess Diana, and Queen Elizabeth

Will and Kate announced Monday that their baby daughter’s name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

The royal baby girl, who was born early in the morning of May 2, is named for her grandmother and great-grandmother, Will’s late mother Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II.

British bookies betting on the royal baby’s name tapped Charlotte as a favorite, narrowly beating names like Alice and Coral. Some betters could be facing a seven-figure payout for guessing the right name.

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