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Overweight British Kings and Queens

Updated on March 30, 2009

King Henry VIII hated greens, seemed never to eat vegetables and fruits. He was tall and  handsomen with a bright red-gold cap of hair and beard in his youth,  and he was very athletic, he loved hunting and party.  But he became grossly overweight and ill in his later years,  The fat, balding and unhealthy man has been often remembered.

William the Bastard, the Duke of Normandy, known as William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day 1066 as the King of England.  He had become very overweight in his later life and when they tried to get his body into  his stone tomb at Caen, it burst. A foul stench leaked out into the church and into the nostrils of those who had come to pay their respects.

George the Fourth  was infamous for being overweight, overdressed, and oversexed and one of the most controversial an outrageous monarchs in British.  He wore horrible greasy make-up on his face and was so fat it was said that his stomach hung down to his knees.  He stay in bed all day where he was served huge meals.

Victoria was a little fat English Queen, her height was under five feet, but her width was around five feet! She might look like a ball when she was in a huge skirts, and no wonder that huge skirts was  the fashion for Victorian women. They worn layers of petticoats under the skirts, and used crinolines (hoops of bamboo, whalebone or steel which fastened to the wearer's waist) to support as the skirts got wider and bigger.

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    • jim.sheng profile imageAUTHOR

      Dalriada Books Ltd 

      9 years ago from UK

      Wow, this gives me an idea, it will be very intereting to make a ranking list of Royal pragnancies.

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      "But George the Third and his queen, Charlotte, produced more princes and princesses than any other British royal family, fifteen in all. I wonder how does Queen Charlotte look like after fifteen pregnancies."

      I don't think that's right, sorry! Edward III and Philippa of Hainault had 14 live births, and an estimate 4 stillbirths / miscarriages.

      I think Queen Anne had 17 pregnancies, and no child live past 10.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      this is almost funny, you could use some pix of the royal chubbies

    • jim.sheng profile imageAUTHOR

      Dalriada Books Ltd 

      9 years ago from UK

      Yeah, Queen Victoria was called the mother of Europe. But George the Third and his queen, Charlotte, produced more princes and princesses than any other British royal family, fifteen in all. I wonder how does Queen Charlotte look like after fifteen pregnancies. 

      Thank you for reminding me the porky Edward IV, you are so informative (and another hubber BristolBoy, by the way). I love to read and take notes while I am reading, but I always feel I am so ignorant of western history.

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      To be fair to Victoria, that number of pregnancies wouldn't do any woman's figure a favour (-:You missed out the porky Edward IV.

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