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"Assassinations, coups, deaths and abdications are but a few reasons for the line of succession to be changed or interrupted. This quiz is dedicated to Polaris101's Author Challenge."
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Monaco 1949. Princess Charlotte of Monaco had been the Hereditary Princess of Monaco from 1922-1944. In 1944, she renounced her claim to the throne in favor of her son. Who was this royal son that became Prince of Monaco upon the death of his grandfather, in 1949?
Prince Rainier III
Prince Albert I
Prince Louis II
Prince Albert II
Brazil 1891. Upon the death of Emperor Dom Pedro II, Princess Isabela, the heir apparent, was not allowed to assume the role of Empress, why?
exile, due to military coup
England 1936. Whose famous abdication in 1936, would eventually lead to this Queen's 1953 coronation?
George III & Elizabeth II
Edward VIII & Elizabeth I
George III & Elizabeth I
Edward VIII & Elizabeth II
Nepal 2001. Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah became King of Nepal when 9 members of the Royal family were massacred on June 1, 2001, including his father King Birendra. Who was the assassin?
Crown Prince Dipendra
Germany 1940. During the 1940 WWII invasion of France, the former Crown Prince of Prussia, Wilhelm, was wounded and later died. Shortly after, Adolf Hitler issued the Prince's Decree which prohibited all members of former German royal houses, from serving in the military forces. Why did Hitler issue this decree?
for the safety of German royalty
to save German people from mourning
lack of funds for potential funerals
a perceived threat to his power
Peter II, when eleven years old, succeeded to the throne of his country and a regency was established until he came of age at seventeen. He was eventually deposed and exiled by the Axis powers and finally reached England in 1941. In 1945, while still in exile, he was deposed again this time by Josip Broz Tito. What was the name of his country?
Bosnia & Herzegovina, 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austria-Hungary throne, and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg were assassinated in Sarajevo by a young Bosnian Serb student. But, the final act had not been the first attempt of assassination, that day. What was the method employed in the first assassination attempt?
Qatar, 1995. The old saying goes, "Like father, like son." Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani deposed his father, in 1995. His father Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani had also deposed his own father, in 1971. What title represented the royal position attained after each successful coup?
Persia, 424 BC. Artaxerxes had been the King of Persia for 41 years prior to his death. Crown Prince Xerxes II had been the King of Persia for 45 days prior to his murder. Who was the assassin?
an Egyptian eunuch
a Babylonian slave
a Jewish priest
Judah, 842 BC. King Ahaziah of Judah after a one year reign was killed, his mother Queen Athaliah usurped the throne using what method?
rock, paper, scissors
eliminating all contenders
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