List of fictional monarchs
This is a list of fictional Monarchs – characters who appear in fiction as the monarch of a fictional or real country. They are listed by country, then according to the production or story in which they appeared.
- 1 Austria-Hungary
- 2 Brazil
- 3 Bulgaria
- 4 Denmark
- 5 France
- 6 Germany
- 7 Italy
- 8 Japan and the Greater Japanese Empire
- 9 Mexico
- 10 Philippines
- 11 Russia
- 12 Turkey and the Ottoman Empire
- 13 England, the United Kingdom, and the United States
- 13.1 A Certain Magical Index
- 13.2 Arthur C. Clarke stories
- 13.3 Anno Dracula series by Kim Newman
- 13.4 Another Case of Milton Jones
- 13.5 Assassin's Creed
- 13.6 Star Spangled Crown by Charles A. Coulombe
- 13.7 The Bed-Sitting Room
- 13.8 Blackadder
- 13.9 Books by William F. Buckley, Jr.
- 13.10 Books by Joan Aiken
- 13.11 Books by Kingsley Amis
- 13.12 Books by Michael Moorcock
- 13.13 Books by Harry Turtledove
- 13.14 Carolus Rex series by Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill
- 13.15 Bring The Jubilee by Ward Moore
- 13.16 Chrestomanci series of books by Diana Wynne Jones
- 13.17 Doctor Who
- 13.18 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Anime)
- 13.19 Columbia & Britannia by Adam Chamberlain and Brian A. Dixon
- 13.20 Emberverse
- 13.21 Fatherland by Robert Harris
- 13.22 Headlong by Emlyn Williams
- 13.23 Henry IX
- 13.24 House of Cards
- 13.25 Hyperdrive
- 13.26 The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
- 13.27 "If: A Jacobite Fantasy" by Charles Petrie
- 13.28 Johnny English
- 13.29 King Ralph
- 13.30 The Last Man by Mary Shelley
- 13.31 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- 13.32 Lord Darcy novels
- 13.33 Marvel Comics
- 13.34 The Moon Maid/Moon Men
- 13.35 The Napoleon of Notting Hill
- 13.36 Nation
- 13.37 The New Statesman
- 13.38 Old Harry's Game
- 13.39 The Palace
- 13.40 The Peshawar Lancers by S. M. Stirling
- 13.41 The Puppet Masters
- 13.42 Short story by Saki
- 13.43 The Time Ships
- 13.44 V for Vendetta
- 13.45 What Might Have Been
- 14 Fictional countries
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- Crown Prince Leopold is a fictionalization of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. His marriage to the fictional Duchess Sophie von Teschen to attain political power in Hungary and overthrow his father (a suggestion of Emperor Franz Joseph), is a distortion of the troubled relationship between the actual Emperor and his son, and one of the conspiracy theories behind the reported double suicide of the married Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera at Mayerling in 1889.
- Charles I - In the alternate timeline of the series, the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire and the United States) win the First Great War (1914-1917). Austria-Hungary survives the war, with the Kingdom of Serbia being annexed and Albania and Romania becoming Austro-Hungarian satellite states. However the empire is still politically dominated by the Austrians and the Hungarians and is only being kept together with German aid. Emperor Charles rules for much longer than in our timeline (not dying of pneumonia in 1922 as a result of his abdication in real-life), remaining on the throne during the Second Great War (1941-1944). The only reference made about Charles I is a discussion he has with Tsar Michael II of Russia as to whose country God hates more.
- Dom Pedro IV is Emperor of Brazil during the First Great War, the Empire of Brazil having survived into the Twentieth Century along with the Empire of Mexico in the alternate timeline of this series. He allies Brazil with the Central Powers in 1917 (when it was apparent that they would win the war), cutting off supply lines between Britain and Argentina and thus hastening the end of the war.
As the two sons of Pedro II died in infancy, it would have been more likely for his daughter Isabel to have been Empress as Dona Isabel, although the prospect of her succeeding to the Brazilian throne was a key factor in the overthrow of the Brazilian monarchy. It is possible that Pedro IV is a macguffin, the fictional paternal grandson of Pedro II or the son of another member of the House of Braganza and adopted successor to Pedro II.
No references are made to the status of Brazilian slavery, the complete abolition of which in 1888 was another factor in the overthrow of the Brazilian monarchy (the Confederacy in this alternate timeline having manumitted its slaves during the presidency of James Longstreet in the Eighteen Eighties).
After the death of the Führer of the Great German Reich, Kurt Haldweim, condolences from various world leaders (albeit Nazi puppets or sympathers) are reported by influential newscaster, Horst Witzleben. Amongst those mentioned is an unnamed Tsar of Bulgaria.
- Edvard III, King of Denmark, and Haraald, King of Denmark in the films The Prince and Me and The Prince & Me 2: The Royal Wedding.
- Napoleon VI is mentioned as the Emperor of France reigning sometime around the Nineteen Thirties with his apparently scandalous personal life being gossiped about in American publications.
- Charlemagne is stated by Satan (played by Andy Hamilton) as not having been an actual historical figure but a piece of war propaganda, much to the annoyance of historians condemned to Hell such as Edith Barrington (played by Annette Crosby).
- Charles XI becomes king of France between the late 1920s and 1930 after Action Française takes control of the country, ends the French Third Republic, and restores the monarchy.
- The king's precise identity is never established; he was previously believed to have been Charles Maurras, the leader of Action Française, but this is absurd as the party would have supported the restoration of the House of Bourbon-Orleans, members of which would have included Philippe VIII, Jean III or Henri VI.
- He supported the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War along with the United Kingdom against the Spanish Monarchists who were supported by Germany during the 1930s.
- He serves as the King of France for 14 years.
- He leads his country into a war with the German Empire, and is killed in 1944 when Germany destroys most of Paris with an atomic bomb. He is succeeded by Louis XIX (which may be an error on the author's part, as there has already been a Louis XIX).
- Napoleon VI is mentioned as the Emperor of France-outre-mer in an alternate 2025. France-outre-mer is based around Algiers, reclaimed European France and Spanish and Portuguese coastal territories. The formation of a personal union between the Angrezi Raj and France-outre-mer is hinted at with King-Emperor John II arranging the marriage of his daughter Sita to the heir to the throne of France-outre-mer.
- François IV is mentioned as being the King of the Holy Alliance, a union of the French and Spanish Empires and the British Empire's main rival. As the French Revolution never occurred in this alternate timeline, he is presumably a direct descendant of Louis XVI and Louis XVII.
- Napoleon is mentioned as having put down the Storming of the Bastille and saving the French Bourbon monarchy, being unable to become Emperor of the French without the French Revolution. His descendant Philippe Bonaparte is the Holy Alliance's ambassador to the North American Union based in its capital, Victoria, who attempted to subtley inform the North American authorities about the Holy Alliance's role in the theft of the titular painting.
Pippin Arnulf Héristal, a descendant of Charlemagne, is crowned as Pippin IV to provoke a rebellion.
The book mentions a German nation-state called Almaigne which is ruled by an Emperor. However, neither the identity of the Emperor nor the exact national boundaries of Almaigne are specified (although it could exclude the state of Brunswick-Brandenburg).
- Wilhelm II - As the Central Powers win the First Great War, Mitteleuropa and Mittelafrika are established and the Kaiser remains on the throne until his death in 1941. The Kaiser is a popular figure in the United States (a fairly Germanic nation and a Central Powers ally) with numerous male characters from that country being noted as sporting 'Kaiser Bill moustaches'.
- Wilhelm III (or Friedrich I of Germany and Friedrich Wilhelm V of Prussia) - Either the real-life Crown Prince Wilhelm or a fictional son of Wilhelm II, his refusal to return Alsace-Lorraine to the new Kingdom of France starts the Second Great War in Europe, during the course of which he authorises the atomic bombings of London, Norwich, Brighton, Paris and Petrograd. If he was the real-life Crown Prince, it would have been absurd for him to adopt two different regal names, let alone two different regnal numbers considering how his grandfather reigned (albeit for just ninety-nine days) as Friedrich III.
In the alternate 1976 depicted in the novel, amongst the numerous crowned heads of Europe attending the funeral of Stephen III of England is an unspecified King of Naples. This suggests that Italian unification never occurred as a result of the increased secular power of the Vatican in this timeline.
- Umberto III - In the alternate 2010 depicted in the book, Italy (like Spain and Portugal) is an ally of the Greater German Reich and possesses its own empire (in Italy's case, based around the Mediterranean in North Africa and the Middle East) but is compelled to carry out racial policies such as the extermination of Arabs in its territories. Italy is mentioned as being governed by a King Umberto and an Il Duce, although (like Henry IX of the United Kingdom), the King has little direct power but uses his prestige to influence domestic politics. The king's identity or lineage are not specified.
Japan and the Greater Japanese Empire
- Akahito is the Emperor of the Dai-Nippon (also known as the Empire of the Dragon Throne) in 2025.
Books by Harry Turtledove
- Stanley Owana Laanui - In the Days of Infamy series, set in an alternate timeline where Japan not only attacked Pearl Harbor but also fully occupied the Hawaiian Islands, Laanui is installed as a puppet 'King of Hawaii'.
- In In The Presence of Mine Enemies, set in an alternate timeline where the Axis Powers won the Second World War, an unnamed Emperor of Manchukuo (a subordinate ruler within the Japanese Greater East Asia Sphere of Co-Prosperity) is one of many heads of state who commiserate the death of the Führer, Kurt Haldweim.
- Maximilian II had served as the Emperor of Mexico since at least 1880. He maintained the close ties between his country and France. In 1881, with his nation desperate for money, Maximilian decided to sell the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora to the Confederate States, which would cause the Second Mexican War with the United States. The following year, the war ended with a Confederate and allied victory and the US was forced to recognize Chihuahua and Sonora as Confederate territory.
- Francisco Jose I served as the Emperor of Mexico after Maximilian II. During his reign as emperor, he saw Mexico enter the Great War on the side of the Entente Powers with the Confederate States, the United Kingdom, France, and Russia. Despite the Entente Powers losing the war, Mexico did not lose any territory to the Central Powers.
- Maximilian III served as the Emperor of Mexico after Francisco I. During his reign as emperor during the late 1910s and early 1920s, anti-Habsburg Revolutionaries sought to remove him from the throne and sparked the Mexican Civil War in 1917. The Revolutionaries were supported by the United States while the Monarchs were supported by the Confederate States. The civil war ended with a Monarch victory in 1925 and Maximilian's throne was safe. He served as the emperor until at least 1942 and saw the beginning of the Second Great War and Mexico join the Entente Powers once again.
- Francisco Jose II served as the Emperor of Mexico after Maximilian III and was the emperor during the Second Great War. He reluctantly supplied troops to the Confederacy, who were used to both help attack the United States and later defend the Confederacy from US counter-attacks.
After U.S. General Irving Morrell's major breakthrough at Pittsburgh came at the expense of poorly-equipped Mexican troops, Francisco Jose II refused to allow his men to participate in any more major battles against the United States. This would result in Mexico losing the Baja California peninsula to the United States. Confederate President Jake Featherston, after unsuccessfully attempting to change the Emperor's mind, finally acquiesced. Mexican troops were instead used to battle the black guerrilla fighters in the southern part of the Confederacy.
With the defeat of the Confederate States and the rest of the Entente Powers in 1944, Francisco Jose II (being one of the few Entente leaders not to be killed or voted out of office) no doubt expected his nation might fall next. However, the overtaxed United States was willing to leave Mexico and the emperor alone for the moment.
It should be noted that Maximilian I and Empress Charlotte are considered to have been an infertile couple. This would mean that their successor, Maximilian II, was most likely adopted, possibly a native Mexican or a minor Habsburg.
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The novel is set in an alternate 1976. The Crown Prince of Muscovy is mentioned as being in attendance at the funeral of King Stephen III of England. As a North American colony called 'New Muscovy' is mentioned, it is implied that the rise of the Vatican as a secular power saw the rise of the Duchy to the same level as the Tsardom of Russia.
- Grand Duke Nicolae is the de facto Tsar of the Russian Empire. By the alternate 2025 of the novel, the Empire is centred around Samarkand and has adopted regressive religious practices such as ritualistic cannibalism and worship of Chernabog.
- Nicholas II - As a result of a Central Powers victory in the First Great War (1914-1917), the German Imperial Army supports the White Army and suppresses the October Revolution. Nicholas II is re-installed as Tsar, ruling into the Nineteen Thirties.
- Michael II - The Grand Duke succeeds his brother as Tsar of Russia in the Nineteen Thirties, reigning until the end of the Second Great War when he is forced to pursue an armistice with the Central Powers and to relinquish the throne after a German superbomb is dropped on Petrograd. Tsarevich Alexei is presumably excluded from the line of succession due to his haemophilia (as he was in real life).
Turkey and the Ottoman Empire
- Abdulmejid II
- Due to the victory of the Central Powers in the First Great War, the Ottoman Empire survives into the Nineteen Twenties onwards, with Abdulmejid II becoming Sultan and Caliph, reigning during the Second Great War.
- Like Austria-Hungary, despite surviving the First Great War, the multiethnic Ottoman Empire suffers internal division and is being kept together with the aid of Germany. The Armenian Genocide is fully implemented despite empassioned protestations from the United States and lukewarm protestations from Germany.
England, the United Kingdom, and the United States
- Queen Elizard: Debuted in the 17th light novel volume of the series. She is nearly deposed by her daughter, Princess Carissa, in a coup d'état with the Knights of England but managed to escape. She later used a magical artifact to help weaken her rebellious daughter and empower all of the peoples of the United Kingdom in the final battle against her in Buckingham Palace.
Arthur C. Clarke stories
- King Henry IX: In the short story "Refugee", is still the Prince of Wales when Britain's first spaceport opens in Salisbury Plain. He stows away in a space freighter heading to Port Lowell, Mars.
- Dracula, who defeats his adversaries, marries Queen Victoria, and seizes control of Britain in Anno Dracula. He becomes first Prince Consort, and subsequently Lord Protector.
- King Victor I in The Bloody Red Baron. The King is the real life Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, Queen Victoria's grandson and the second in the line of succession to the British throne from his birth in 1864 until his death in 1892.
- Milton I, King of Middle England, played by Milton Jones. After accidentally leading a cavalry division over Tower Bridge (a treasonable offence) and fleeing London, Milton Jones briefly becomes King of Middle England due to his command over grammar and pronunciation in his former capacity as a royal speech therapist.
- George Washington in Assassin's Creed III. George Washington is corrupted by an Apple of Eden, turns the Thirteen Colonies into the United Kingdom of America and dubs himself King.
- King James IV of the United States
- Born Hans-Josef II of Lichtenburg
- Conferred authority in the wake of a military coup whose leaders reconstitute the United States as a constitutional monarchy
- Formally "James IV, King of the United States and of their Possessions, Grand Duke of Lichtenburg"
The Bed-Sitting Room
- Her Majesty Mrs. Ethel Shroake of 393A High Street, Leytonstone
- King Richard IV of England, played by Brian Blessed, who took power after his uncle, Richard III, was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field rather than being killed (as it is alleged) by Richard III as a boy in the tower. He ruled during the events of The Black Adder. Henry VII then seized control and falsified historical records to erase any memory of his predecessor.
- Edmund of England, played by Rowan Atkinson, ruled for just thirty seconds in the final episode of The Black Adder after he and most of the royal court were accidentally killed by wine poisoned by Lord Percy Percy.
- Prince Ludwig the Indestructible, played by Hugh Laurie, killed Queen Elizabeth I and her court, which included Lord Blackadder, Lord Melchett, Lord Percy and Nursie, and disguised himself as the Queen, presumably continuing until the Queen's official death.
- George IV of the United Kingdom, played by Rowan Atkinson, really Edmund Blackadder as the real Prince George was killed in around 1805 by the Duke of Wellington, who had mistaken him for Blackadder. Blackadder was subsequently mistaken for the prince by his mad father and presumably went on to live what history records as the rest of Prince George's life.
- Edmund III of the United Kingdom, played by Rowan Atkinson, became king in Blackadder: Back & Forth after using a time machine to alter history.
Books by William F. Buckley, Jr.
- In the 1976 novel Saving the Queen, Queen Caroline ascended the throne in 1951.
Books by Joan Aiken
- James III of the United Kingdom
Books by Kingsley Amis
- Stephen II, son of Arthur, Prince of Wales (d. 1502) and Katherine of Aragon. His existence led his uncle Henry the Abominable (Henry VIII in our reality) to try to usurp the throne, but was foiled in the War of the English Succession. Presumably, Stephen III and William V are his descendants.
- Stephen III of England
- King in The Alteration by Kingsley Amis. He is dead before the start of the novel, which opens with his state funeral at the St George Basilica at Coverley.
- William V of England
- King in The Alteration by Kingsley Amis
- Son of Stephen III
- Henry IX of England
- King in The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick, the novel-within-a-novel depicting an alternate universe in which the Protestant Reformation occurred (although not our own) as featured in The Alteration by Kingsley Amis (although its plot is entirely different to that of the real-life book, which depicts an alternate 1962 in a universe where the Axis Powers won the Second World War).
- The real-life Henry, Duke of Cornwall, the son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. In the novel-within-a-novel, he continues his father's Schismatic religious policies.
- Elizabeth Tudor of England
- Queen in Galliard by Keith Roberts (a pastiche of his novel Pavane), a novel-within-a-novel depicted in The Alteration by Kingsley Amis.
- Possibly the real-life Elizabeth I, the plot of Galliard revolves around the Queen's kidnapping and indoctrination with Schismatic doctrine (differing from Pavane which depicts her assassination and the growing influence of the Catholic Church).
Books by Michael Moorcock
- Gloriana I of Albion is the reigning monarch in Gloriana, or the Unfullfill'd Queen. She is Moorcock's antithesis of Queen Elizabeth I in this homage to Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy of novels.
- King Hern VI of Albion is Gloriana I's father, a despot with echoes of Elizabeth I's father, King Henry VIII (deceased before Moorcock's novel opens).
Books by Harry Turtledove
- Henry IX of the United Kingdom is the reigning monarch in In the Presence of Mine Enemies, an alternate history wherein the Axis won World War II. While the king has very little direct power, (the Nazis having annexed the UK) he is able to affect the politics of his country. His lineage is never addressed.
- Charles III of the United Kingdom in The Two Georges, co-authored with Richard Dreyfus. While the character is described as being quite physically similar to The Prince of Wales, the fictional Charles III is actually descended from Edward VIII.
- Edward VIII was able to retain his throne for much longer in both The Two Georges and the Southern Victory Series.
- Edward IX is mentioned in The Two Georges, possibly the son of Edward VIII and the father or sibling of Charles III reigning during the Nineteen Seventies or a mistake on the part of the co-authors.
Carolus Rex series by Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill
- Charles III On his deathbed Charles II confirms The Duke of Monmouth as his legitimate heir, avoiding Monmouth's Rebellion, the excesses of James II and the Glorious Revolution
- Henry IX King of the Great Britain as of the 1805 setting of the book.
- Briefly, the book names Charles IV, James II and Charles V as monarchs reigning between Charles III and Henry IX.
- William V is mentioned in passing as being king sometime during the first half of the Twentieth Century.
Chrestomanci series of books by Diana Wynne Jones
- In Charmed Life, Cat Chant tells Janet Chant (who is from "our" world) that the king is Charles VII, to which she replies "What? No Georges?". This may mean that in Cat's world, the House of Stuart retained the throne.
- Queen Liz 10 – The ruler of the Starship UK in The Beast Below, she refers to herself and her predecessors by their abbreviated name and number. In contemporary terms this would presumably make her Queen Elizabeth X.
- Night and the Doctor mini-series episode Bad Night features an unspecified Queen and Prince of Wales, the former appearing in the form of a goldfish and the latter speaking to the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond over the TARDIS telephone. The Doctor attempts to have the Queen restored to her human form but the hostage (in the form of a fly) he was hoping to exchange in order to achieve this is accidentally killed after Amy swatted it with a newspaper and the goldfish he picked up is not in fact the transmogrified Queen. As the episode mentions the Commonwealth of Nations, it is possible that they were actually Elizabeth II and Prince Charles or a future Queen and Prince of Wales.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Anime)
- The 98th Emperor of the Holy Britannia Empire and father of main character, Lelouch Lamperouge. He installs his children in important positions in the Empire to see their true abilities. He views equality as an evil that must be dispelled and encourages social battle to maintain evolution within the society. As such, he publicly supports inequality and calls for competition and fighting so as to create progress.
- The 99th Emperor of the Holy Britannia Empire, as well as the titular character of series. When Lelouch ascended to the throne during, he quickly abolished many policies that grew during the Charles' reign. These include the abolishment of aristocratic system, financial conglomerates, and the liberation of colonies. This led to discontent, and thus, agents and loyalist to Emperor Lelouch routinely goes and put down dissidents.
- George V is the fictional second son of Queen Victoria, analogous with the real-life George V. He became heir after the death of his older brother, the Duke of Clarence and was noted for his anti-independence attitude towards the colonies and his ill health. Reigning from 1898 to 1913, he died from heart failure.
- Edward VII is the eldest son of George V, analogous with Edward VIII. His relationship with his Québécois mistress Cynthia Grey and the resulting scandals almost result in him being forced to abdicate the throne. He retains the throne through a compromise which states that he and Grey should neither marry nor produce any children, the latter clause being broken by the births of their two (untitled) sons. Reigning from 1913 to 1918, he died heirless from acute pancreatitis.
- George VI is the second eldest son of George V and the brother of Edward VII, analogous with the real-life George VI. He reigned from 1918 to 1953, overseeing Britain's effort in the War of Wars (1933-1943) (this alternate timeline's only world war).
- Elizabeth II is the eldest daughter of George VI, analogous with the real-life Elizabeth II. She is a popular monarch due to her active role in supporting Britain's effort in the War of Wars and her wedding to Prince Harold, Duke of Columbia. She reigned from 1953 to 1963, after she was assassinated in New York by an American separatist during a state visit.
- George VII is the only child of Elizabeth II, analogous with the real-life Charles, Prince of Wales. After his mother's assassination, he becomes King at the age of five; Princess Margaret, Elizabeth II's sister, acts as Regent to George VII until his coronation on his eighteenth birthday in 1976. A withdrawn and private figure, his public popularity is maintained due to sympathy regarding the conditions of his succession. He reigned from 1963 to the present day.
In the apocalyptic series that begins with Dies the Fire, the so-called "Change" modified physical laws on Earth so that combustion, gunpowder, and electricity cannot function (though the human central nervous system seems to be unchanged). In the resulting crisis, the United Kingdom undergoes riots. On the third day of the crisis, some of the Royal Family are evacuated to the Isle of Wight on foot, horseback, and by horse-drawn vehicles. In December 1998, Elizabeth II dies and her son succeeds her as Charles III who is also known as "Mad King Charles". In 2008, Charles III dies from a stroke and his son succeeds him as William V the Great, King of Great Britain and Emperor of the West. William V is succeeded by his son Charles IV.
- Edward VIII is restored to the British throne after the Nazi conquest of Great Britain and the exile of the Royal Family and the British Government to Canada. He and Wallis Simpson as Queen Consort are the de jure Emperor and Empresa of the British Empire.
- Princess Elizabeth, living in exile in Canada, is the pretender to the British throne and recognised as the rightful monarch by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
- King John II: The actor Jack Green, who is grandson of Prince Albert Victor and made king after the royal family is killed in a dirigible accident during George V's Silver Jubilee in 1935.
- King William V: Originally William Millingham, is the private secretary of John II, and as another descendant of royalty, becomes the new king after John's abdication.
Henry IX of the United Kingdom, played by Charles Edwards. After his older brother John died in a horse riding accident, Henry became heir apparent to the British throne, becoming king in 1992. After nearly twenty-five years on the throne, he experiences a midlife crisis brought about by his unhappy marriage, his own sense of political irrelevance and unimportance, the absence of choice in becoming king, his lack of independence at the royal court and a schedule filled mostly by public openings and speeches.
He privately announces to the Privy Council his intention to abdicate, hoping to announce it publicly in a Silver Jubilee television broadcast. His main motivations for abdication are a life free of royal duties and a relationship with Serena, the palace florist (played by Kara Tointon).
The king's plans, however, are stimied. Queen Katarina (played by Sally Philips) clandestinely leaks to the press Henry's plans to abdicate in order to remain as queen consort. Alasdair, the Prince of Wales, comes out as gay, introducing the royal household to his Australian boyfriend and announcing his intention to marry him. Due to news reports of the prince's coming-out and the scandalous origins of his boyfriend, he breaks up with Prince Alisadar saying that he could not tolerate life in the public eye especially as part of the 'novelty' of a gay royal couple.
Henry IX decides not to abdicate as he believes that it would have been unfair to force a lifetime of monarchical duties from a young age on his own son (as he himself was subjected to) and as the refusal of all of his children (Alisdair, Alice and Rory) to succeed their father in the event of his abdication created a potential succession crisis whereby his successor would have been Edwin, Duke of Cumberland, his homophobic younger brother.
When Henry IX discusses with Serena his decision not to abdicate and a hiatus in their relationship, she shows him a front-page paparazzi shot of them being intimate during a secret meet-up.
House of Cards
In the British political satire To Play the King, the second book (and TV series) in the House of Cards trilogy by Michael Dobbs, an unnamed King, obviously based on HRH The Prince of Wales, takes the throne. He goes up against the utterly ruthless and unscrupulous Prime Minister Francis Urquhart and is ultimately undone and forced to abdicate. His estranged wife and young son appear more loosely based on Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince William. The novel diverges in many ways from the TV series and carries the suggestion that after abdicating the ex-King would go into politics and seek to be elected Prime Minister. At the end of To Play The King, the King's son is crowned and during The Final Cut is depicted performing monarchical duties, with his mother possibly acting as regent.
In the episode "Clare" (which takes place in the year 2151), the character Clare superstitiously recites all the Kings & Queens of England, including the following:
- King Charles III presumably the current Prince of Wales
- King Harry I presumably Prince Harry [Strictly Henry IX]
- Queen Chenise Harry's daughter
- King Keith Harry's grandson
The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
- William XXIII of the Kingdom of Windsor-in-Exile
- Also called "Sad King Billy"
- King on Asquith, a planet traditionally held by his kingdom
- Sells Asquith in order to settle on the planet Hyperion, where he intends to revive fine art, taking Martin Silenus with him.
"If: A Jacobite Fantasy" by Charles Petrie
- James III of England and VIII of Scotland: The Jacobite rising of 1745, led by Charles Edward Stuart, succeeded in restoring the House of Stuart to the British throne. In February 1746, his father arrived to London to officially take the throne. In 1752, he granted clemency to the Hanoverian rebels. By 1926, the House of Hanover's usurpation of the throne was viewed as "an interlude in the national life, but it was one that will not have been without its purpose if it is regarded as a lesson upon the consequences of rebellion."
- Charles III of England and Scotland: James III's eldest son. Charles III allied himself with Frederick II of Prussia and, together, they "towered over the other rulers of Europe like colossi" from 1766 until Frederick's death in 1786. During his reign, the colonies in British North America rebelled against Great Britain but a diplomatic solution was reached. Charles III was credited with saving the situation by his witty remark to George Washington, who went on to become one of Britain's greatest generals, and his colleagues: "Gentlemen, we have one thing in common: my family have no more cause to like the House of Commons than you have." The invention of the steam engine was also a contributory factor to the improvement of relations between Britain and the Dominion of North America as it allowed for the British monarchs to hold their courts alternately in London and New York City. The generals who eventually defeated Napoleon Bonaparte were all trained in Charles III's "school of warfare." By 1926, he was regarded as the greatest of all British monarchs and it was believed that, had not been for the Stuart Restoration, Britain would have followed France's example and adopted a republican form of government.
- Henry IX of England and I of Scotland: James III's second son. As Duke of York, his patronage helped ensure the flourishing of literature and art in Britain and this policy continued after he came to the throne as Henry IX. After the French Revolution drove the deposed Electors of Hanover into exile in 1789, he gave them a "generous pension."
- James IV of England and IX of Scotland
- James V of England and X of Scotland
- James VI of England and XI of Scotland was the reigning monarch in 1926.
- Pascal Sauvage I of the United Kingdom
- Johnny English
- Wyndham Family, the ruling House of the United Kingdom in the film King Ralph, who are all killed in a photography accident.
- Ralph I of the United Kingdom, played by John Goodman, was an American lounge singer who came to the throne following the Wyndham family's demise.
- Cedric I of the United Kingdom, played by Peter O'Toole, took power after Ralph I abdicated the throne.
- Adrian, Earl of Windsor: In a post-apocalyptic Twentieth Century, Britain is a republic with a Lord Protector as head of state where Adrian, the son of the last king and heir to the British throne, embraces republican principles.
- Nan Bollen: A faerie version of Anne Boleyn
- Gloriana I: A combination of Elizabeth I, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and Michael Moorcock's Gloriana of Albion
- Jacob I: An alternate version of James I
- Gloriana II: An alternate version of Elizabeth II
Lord Darcy novels
- John IV of the Anglo-French Empire
- Arthur I
- In the history of the same timeline Arthur I, Duke of Brittany, Richard I's nephew, got to be King and proved one of the greatest Kings of English history. His reign came to be considered a Golden Age, to the extent that later generations popular imagination confused him with King Arthur of heroic myth. A major achievement of Arthur's time was the beginning of systematic research and codification of magic, which would later become a central aspect of human civilization.
- King Britain of Britain, though technically he rules the whole of Europe. He is king in the Earth X setting, and an alternate future version of Captain Britain.
The Moon Maid/Moon Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs published in the early 1920s "The Moon Maid" and "The Moon Men", envisioning a 20th century in which "The Great War" would have gone on uninterrupted, though with varying intensity, from 1914 and until 1967 - ending with the total victory of the Anglo-Saxon Powers, Britain and the US, and the complete defeat and surrender of all other powers. Britain and the US thereupon become co-rulers of the planet, London and Washington being the twin planetary capitals and the US President and British Monarch acting as co-rulers, and with the British-American domination of the world imposed by the International Peace Fleet, made up of airships. In the first decades of the 21st century, the world basks in peace, there seems no enemy and no threat anywhere, and pressure grows for complete disarmament and scrapping of the International Peace Fleet. It is the (unnamed) King of Britain who strongly resists this pressure, and due to him half of the Fleet and of the world's armament industries are retained. This is not enough to resist the invasion fleet of the wild Kalkars from the Moon, led by the renegade Earthman Orthis, which suddenly descends on the world in 2050, capturing London and Washington and ranging the world at will. But since due to the British King's foresight there was still a remnant of the Fleet in existence, this remnant engages in a desperate last stand and succeeds in killing the renegade Orthis - facilitating humanity's eventual liberation from Kalkar domination, though only centuries later. Burroughs does not specify the King's ultimate fate.
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
- Auberon Quin in The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton. In this book the ruler of the United Kingdom is selected randomly from the "official class", which one character describes as "the sane and enduring democracy ... founded on the fact that all men are equally idiotic".
- Nation, by Terry Pratchett, is set in an alternate version of our world in the 1870s. After influenza kills the entire British royal family, Governor Fanshaw is the heir to the throne and is sought out in the South Pacific. His daughter Ermentrude ("Daphne") Fanshaw is his heir and succeeds him on the throne and becomes queen.
Alan B'Stard, played by Rik Mayall. In the final episode, The Irresistible Rise of Alan B'Stard, B'Stard and his eurospcetic New Patriotic Party win a landslide majority in a special general election called to determine the United Kingdom's future with the European Economic Community, during the course of which B'Stard splits both the Conservatives and Labour and stages a French invasion of the Channel Island of Sark. B'Stard's ulterior motive in the election was to revive his ailing share portfolio.
Despite being leader of the majority party, B'Stard is technically ineligible to become Prime Minister as he did not stand for a parliamentary seat; the former Labour MP Paddy O'Rouke attempted to claim that title for himself. B'Stard proclaims himself Lord Protector and the new head of state and Britain the 'play thing' of both him and his wife, Sarah. However, Elizabeth II telephones B'Stard's campaign headquarters from the palace inviting him to form a new government (presumably as an extra-parliamentary Prime Minister), to which B'Stard sneeringly says that she should come to him.
- Derek I - When voicing her frustrations about the inaccuracies of official recorded histories in comparison to actual historical events she discovers when conducting research for Satan's biography, the deceased historian Edith Barrington (played by Annette Crosby) mentions Derek I as a Tudor monarch forgotten by history. Satan's assistant Scumspawn (played by Robert Duncan) recalls the monarch as 'the mad, black, Catholic lesbian', personally believing that she was undone by her Catholicism. Derek I's relation to the House of Tudor is not specified.
- King James III
- King Richard IV, his son, played by Rupert Evans
- Victoria I, the real-life Queen Victoria, evacuated from Great Britain to the British Raj in 1878 after 'the Fall', a catastrophic meteor shower which made most of the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable and died in 1882.
- Edward VII, reigned from 1882 to 1900.
- George V, reigned from 1900 to 1921.
- Victoria II, died childless and reigned from 1921 to 1942.
- Albert I, the cousin of Victoria II, reigned from 1942 to 1989.
- Elizabeth II, reigned from 1989 to 2005.
- King-Emperor John II is the ruler of the British Empire (Angrezi Raj) in an alternate history set in 2025.
- Charles III, the son of John II.
The Puppet Masters
In Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters, which takes place in a fictional 2007, the world is invaded by parasitic aliens capable of attaching themselves to the body of a human and completely controlling him or her. The only effective immediate countermeasure, implemented in the US, is for people to walk around naked, so that it could be seen they are not controlled by aliens.
The British King (unnamed, but could be assumed to be the actual Prince Charles) wants to follow the example of the President of the United States and give Britons a personal example of stripping naked in public – but is dissuaded due to the strong objections of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Britain thus remains exposed to the danger of an alien invasion.
Short story by Saki
- Hermann I The Irascible/The Wise (formerly Hermann XIV of Saxe-Drachsen-Wachtelstein), who was thirtieth in order of succession, became king after a plague killed the entire royal family
The Time Ships
- Egbert I of the United Kingdom
- King in The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter, a sequel to The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
- Note: The novel's protagonist, visiting an alternate version of the Great War, is surprised to discover that the King is "a skinny chap called Egbert", apparently a distant cousin of the Royal Family who was the most senior survivor of massive German bombing raids early in the conflict.
V for Vendetta
- Queen Zara of the United Kingdom
- Queen in V for Vendetta (comic book)
- Reigns as a puppet under a fascist regime in 1997.
- Presumably based on Zara Phillips, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal; she was sixth in the line for succession when the story was published. The graphic novel describes a nuclear war in the 1980s, which may have led to the deaths of all ahead of her for succession. Another possibility is that the fascist government which took over the UK in the war's aftermath may have chosen her to ascend to the throne, as she was the then-youngest of the royal family and thus most easily manipulated.
- Adam Sutler
- Holds power as High Chancellor in V for Vendetta (film)
- The film, set in the 2030s, shows a painting of High Chancellor Adam Sutler's face on an Andy Warhol-style portrait of Elizabeth II, a work of art titled "God Save the Queen." But the film makes no mention of a current monarch or of the monarchy's current status. Paper money in the film is shown to have Sutler's portrait, as opposed to that of the reigning monarch, suggesting the monarchy's abolition or its diminution in importance in relation to the office of High Chancellor. Homes and businesses have portraits of Sutler instead of that of the monarch. The music to "God Save the King/Queen" is played when a Sutler impersonator is introduced on the TV show Dietrich's Half-Hour, but this may be a sign that the national anthem has been altered to serve the Chancellor, rather than that the monarchy has been maintained.
What Might Have Been
- Queen Isabella of England
- In the short story What If: The Spanish Armada landed in England by Anne Somerset, Elizabeth I is assassinated and England becomes a vassal state to Spain. Philip II of Spain installs his daughter Isabella as Queen. Many changes in this timeline include Shakespeare demonising the House of Tudor in his plays Henry VII and Henry VIII, Virginia being re-named 'Sainted Virgin' and James VI of Scotland converting to Catholicism.
- Queen Elizabeth II of England
- One Sung Mirror, the first Agatean Emperor, mentioned in Interesting Times.
- Cohen the Barbarian conquers the Agatean Empire in Interesting Times with the Silver Horde as part of his retirement plan. However, he and his allies become bored with the Empire and abandon it in The Last Hero.
- Queen Alguinna IV
- King Artorollo
- King Cirone IV
- Queen Coanna
- King Loyana the Aaargh
- The shortest reigning monarch in Morporkian history, ruling for 1.13 seconds from coronation to assassination.
- King Ludwig the Tree
- Issued numerous bizarre proclamations including the need to develop a new type of frog.
- Responsible for the motto of Ankh-Morpork, Quanti Canicula Ille In Fenestra ('How much is that doggie in the window').
- King Paragore
- King Tyrril
- King Veltrick III
- King Webblethorpe the Unconscious
- King Lorenzo the Kind
- Ankh-Morpork's last and worst king, extents of his infamy including his 'fondness of children' and his possession of ominous rooms.
- He was overthrown in the Ankh-Morpork Civil War of AM 1688 and subsequently beheaded by Commander of the City Watch Suffer-Not-Injustice 'Old Stoneface' Vimes. Lorenzo was succeeded by a series of equally or even more tyrannical Patricians, after the people voted against Vimes' attempts to introduce democracy.
- King Rex
- During Guards! Guards!, the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night overthrow the Patrican, Havelock Vetinari, and install a false pretender (one of the lodge member's cousins not part of the Ankh-Morporkian royal bloodline) as puppet king. This is arranged by the summoning of a dragon (with the use of a book stolen from the Library of the Unseen University) and its subsequent banishment by the pretender.
- During Guards! Guards!, the dragon banished from the city by the new king returns and installs itself as the new king, keeping lodge leader Lupine Wonse as its mouthpiece and demanding gold and virgins. It ultimately leaves the city, revealing itself as female after being courted by Errol, a swamp dragon.
- Captain Carrot Ironfounderson
- A member of the City Watch and the rightful king, he does not acknowledge his claim. However Lord Vetinari finds Carrot useful for this reason, as attempts by false pretenders to start a revolution would fail and as he would defer to Carrot if someone complains that only a king has the authority usually exercised by the Patrician.
- Queen Isabel, monarch of Caledonia (a nation which bears striking resemblances to the United Kingdom) in Scandal. During the episode Heavy Is the Head, she makes a state visit to the United States to negotiate with President Fitzgerald Grant the opening of a new naval base and arranges the assassination of Princess Emily after becoming pregnant during an affair with one of her security detail.
- Prince Richard becomes monarch of Caledonia in the Scandal episode Heavy Is the Head. After Olivia Pope reveals to him the role his mother played in his wife's death (having been originally hired to deal with press reaction to the incident), he forces her to abdicate on grounds of 'ill health'. He refuses to allow the United States to open a naval base in his kingdom.
- Pteppicymon XXVIII (a.k.a. Teppic), the main character in Pyramids.
- Ptracia I, the half-sister of Teppic who implements numerous reforms to the old kingdom after her half-brother's abdication.
- Princess Celestia, ruler of Equestria in the television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- Princess Luna, co-ruler of Equestria in the television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- Dwardu XXVIII (Edward XXVIII), father of Żabett XIX and Adelara. He died after he swallowed his uvula after chronic hiccups.
- Żabbett XIX (Elizabeth XIX), also known as Żurbett, the wife of Prince Filippu and the mother of Maja I. She was beautiful but stupid. She had a beautiful voice and liked to sing but lost her voice and ordered that music be banned from Kartaksan. She died after she was kicked off the edge of a cliff by a horse.
- Filippu (Philip), husband of Żabbett XIX and Prince of Whales (the character is a parody of Prince Philip and the Prince of Wales). He was regent until his daughter Maja I was old enough to take the throne. He later married Vjoletta Pusè.
- Maja I (Maya I), who became queen aged 18. She was the mother of Karlu VII and she died because her son didn't win a marathon.
- Karlu VII (Carl VII), who became king aged 13 after his mother's death. He married three times to Prima, Sekondina and Terzetta, who all died strange deaths. He remained a widower for the rest of his life. He was deposed in a coup d'état (after he had ordered soldiers to arrest everyone including themselves) and escaped to Ċee-Lee.
- Granċella, a genius who was chosen as Queen after Karlu VII was deposed. The country prospered during her reign, but was attacked twice by Qaddiefi. She married Franġello.
- Verence I
- Duke Felmet
- Verence II
- King Asgore Dreemurr (Undertale) of the Underground, the king of all monsters, ex-Husband of Toriel and the father of the game's primary antagonist. He speaks with a southern accent.
- T'Chaka, King of Wakanda in the Marvel Comic universe.
- T'Challa, son of King T'Chaka, Prince of Wakanda who becomes the Black Panther.
- Anand Wangchuk, the biological father of protagonist, Mikay Maghirang in the Philippine television series, Princess and I
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