Queen Caroline II in 2014
Queen of the Imperial Federation and Cesque Union of Piedmont, Savoy, Lombardy and the Constituent, Remaining Provinces of Lyons, Roussillon, Liguria, and Corsica of the Former Empire, the Former Empress of Navarre, Aragon, the Balearic Isles, Catalonia and the Cesque Colonial Empire of Bahrain, Qatar and the Trucial States, of Muscat and Oman, and of the Moroccan Sahara, Grand Duchess of Milan, Queen of the Rhône and the Alps, Queen of the Po River Valley
May 5th, 1957-Present
Preceded by: Charles V of Ceyesca
Heir Apparent: Princess Elisabeth of Ceyesca, the Crown Princess of Ceyesca, the Princess of Savoy
Michél Nollér (1955-1960)
Danhél Bové (1960-1965)
Thérése d'Avénuda (1965-1970)
Philipe Blanxart (1970-1975)
Maccimilian Martél (1975-1978)
Biana Lorénce (1978-1988)
Roman Férié (1988-1990)
Marcos Éspéransso (1990-2000)
Vittor Castélle (2000-2005)
Aléssandra di la Fallét (2005-2015)
Férdinan André (2015-Present)
The Crown Princess of Ceyesca, the Princess of Savoy
September 3rd, 1952-May 5th, 1957
Monarch: Charles V of Ceyesca
Preceded by: Princess Anna of Ceyesca, 2nd Crown Princess of Ceyesca, the Former Princess of Savoy
Succeeded by: Prince Henry of Ceyesca, the Crown Prince of Ceyesca, the Former Prince of Savoy
Her Royal Majesty, Queen Caroline II of Ceyesca (1931-) has been the Queen of Ceyesca since her accession to the Cesque Throne after her father, Charles V's, death on May 5th, 1957.
Caroline was born in Marseille as the third child of King Charles V and Queen Anastasia, born Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna (1908-2007) not to be confused with the other Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna (1901-1918) the daughter of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. Her father acceded to the throne after the death of his father, William VII, in 1921 ten years before she was born. She became Heir Apparent after the death of her eldest sister, Anna, in 1952.
Caroline married Guillermo (later William) of Spain, the son of Infante Juan the Count of Barcelona and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, in 1954 at the Milan Cathedral. Together, they have five children: Henry, the Former Crown Prince; Anna-Maria, the Duchess of Marseilles; Lucia, the Duchess of Turin; Charles, the Duke of Genoa; and Philip, the Duke of Grenoble.
When she acceded the throne in 1957, she became Queen of the Cesque Empire but also the Colonial Strongholds in the Middle East and North Africa, the last remnants of the Cesque Colonial Empire which spanned all six inhabited continents at it's peak in 1906. During her reign, she celebrated her 25th and 50th anniversaries of accession in 1982 and 2007 respectively.
During her 61 year reign, she has seen Ceyesca change drastically, and has seen some of the country's greatest joys as well as it's greatest tragedies.
1 Early Life
2 Charles V's Reign
2.1 Duchess of Turin
2.2 Duchess of Marseille
2.3 Heir Apparent
2.4 Marriage to William of Spain
2.6 Charles V's Death
3.1 Accession to the Throne and Coronation
Queen Caroline II was born Caroline Hénriette Maria Ludovicha Tatiana di Vicenza on October 8th 1931. She was King Charles V (1897-1957) and Queen Anastasia's (1908-2007) third child, after Prince Mario (born Mario Carlés Villém Hénri Aléccis, 1926) and Princess Anna (born Anna Thérése Élisabeth Aléssandra Olga, 1927). Caroline was born at the Royal Palace in Marseille, the Longchamp Palace. Present at her birth were her siblings Prince Mario and Princess Anna, her father King Charles, her paternal grandmother Queen Mother Catherine, her maternal grandmother Grand Duchess Tatiana Alexandrovna, her paternal great aunt Queen Alexandra of Greece, her father's closest cousin Duke Ernst Augustus of Brunswick, her uncle Grand Duke Frederick of Catalonia and his wife Beatrice of Sweden, her aunts Princess Josephine of Prussia and Grand Duchess Victoria of Navarre and Aragon, with there husbands Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and Prince Luís Filipe of Portugal, her maternal uncle Prince Alexander Nikolaevich, and his children Prince Kirill and Princess Natalia, as well as the Cesque Prime Minister at the time, Luis di Béiça. In 1932, aged 9 months, Caroline accompanied her parents and elder siblings to Los Angeles to attend the opening of the tenth Summer Olympics. In 1935 at the age of 3, she embarked with her parents and siblings (brother Ferrand born in 1933) on a tour of the Cesque Empire. The trip took them to Lebanon, Morocco, the Sahara, the West Indies, the Gold Coast, Nigeria, Mombasa and Zanzibar, Somaliland, Aden and Socotra, Muscat and Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, the Trucial States, South India, North India, the East Indies, Guangzhou and Hainan, Macau and Hong Kong, at that time being Cesque colonies. The European territories of the Cesque Empire itself were much more different at the time, including Navarre, the Basque Country, Aragon, Catalonia, the Balearic Isles, Roussillon, Lyons, Auvergne, Veneto and Cyprus (incorporated into the Kingdom of Ceyesca in 1930). When World War II started in 1939, Caroline was 7 years old. Ceyesca stayed neutral, until the Nazi invasion on November 8th, 1940. The Royal Family was exiled to Corsica (stayed at the Lantivy Palace, Ajaccio), and then moved back to Milan in 1943 to stay under house arrest at the Royal Palace. The Royal Family played a huge part in the secret Cesque resistance movement, with Caroline herself providing intelligence for the resistance. She states that as a 13 year old in 1944, she would disguise herself as a commoner and regularly encounter Nazi officials who were greatly fond of her (who would compare her to Shirley Temple), they would confide in her, revealing information to her, which she then delivered to her brother, Mario, who was a leading member of the resistance. The Milan Revolt of Christmas 1944 (also known as “Bloody Christmas”), led by the Resistance Movement, erupted in the early hours of Christmas day. It resulted in the subsequent Cesque genocide, where between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Cesque civilians were rounded up and murdered, commonly in city squares. Some, however, were deported to concentration camps where they were then exterminated. Her brother, Mario, was one of the arrested resistance members after the Milan Revolt. The entire Royal Family was in danger of being murdered, having been put under house arrest after Mario’s arrest, but managed to stay safe due to Mario not revealing anything about his family’s involvement with the Resistance Movement. He endured months of torture, and was sentenced to death on March 18th 1945. He was executed by firing squad at noon on March 25th 1945, age 19, his family watching from the balcony of their palace overlooking Piazza del Duomo (Placia dél Domme in Cesque). Ceyesca would be liberated by the Allies on April 29th 1945, a month after Mario’s execution. After the end of the Second World War, the Royal Family struggled to get back to normal. Now with Princess Anna as heir apparent, Caroline, the 14 year old Duchess of Turin (the title she got aged 10) was reinaugurated as the Duchess of Marseille. The family went on a tour of post-war Ceyesca in March of 1946, visiting cities such as Bilbao, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Montpellier, Avignon, Nîmes, Lyons, Grenoble, Marseille, Cannes, Ajaccio, Aosta, Verona, Venice, Genoa and Turin, only to see the extent of how damaging the war was. The Royal Family funded the Cesque Reconstruction efforts, donating a total of $150,000,000. Princess Caroline continued her education at home, where she was educated by private tutors. She got her high school diploma in June 1949, and left Ceyesca for Denmark to attend the University of Copenhagen, where she double majored in Law and Political Sciences. She graduated in June of 1953. She has stated on multiple occasions that her stay in Copenhagen will remain one of the most memorable and revered moments of her life. She reportedly stayed with the Danish Royal Family at Amalienborg from 1949 to 1953. In an interview in 1950, Princess Caroline stated that once she was done with University, she’d pursue a career in diplomacy.
Duchess of Turin (1942-45)
On January 18th 1942, the 10 year old Princess Caroline was awarded the title of Duchess of Turin (the title given to the third youngest royal child of age) during that day’s mass. The ceremony was held at the Ajaccio Cathedral. She would retain this title until her brother’s death in 1945. As the Duchess of Turin, she helped the Cesque Resistance Movement, and also met her future husband, Prince William (aged 14), in Barcelona in January of 1944. She describes her time as the Duchess of Turin as being her “last few moments of childhood” as it all ended abruptly after her brother’s execution.
Duchess of Marseille (1945-52)
On April 15th 1945, Princess Caroline (now 13) became the Duchess of Marseille after her sister, Princess Anna, became the heir. The ceremony was held at the Milan Cathedral, during mass as was customary. This is the second longest title held by Princess Caroline (7 years), with her longest being Queen of Ceyesca (62 years). She has stated that this was one of the most difficult times of her life. She felt as if her family was close to breaking apart, she was becoming a woman and the grief over losing Mario was still present. But as she matured, she began appreciating it more. She began dating Prince William of Spain in 1947 at the age of 16. She also went to university in Copenhagen, and graduated top of her class. However, tragedy struck again when Princess Anna’s flight from Milan to Tokyo crashed near Yekaterinburg, allegedly shot down by Communist terrorists, resulting in the death of everyone on board.
Heir Apparent (1952-57)
On October 18th 1952, the now 21 year old Princess Caroline was awarded the title of Crown Princess of Ceyesca, Heir Apparent, Princess of Savoy after the death of her sister. The ceremony took place at the Milan Cathedral. This, again, broke Caroline. Another death in the family resulted in Caroline spiraling into a depression that lasted until April 1953, when Prince William proposed to her. She attended Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation on June 2nd, 1953 with Prince William, now her fiancé, as well as with her siblings, Prince Ferrand, Princess Alexandra (b. 1936), Prince Julian (b. 1941) and Princess Maria (b. 1943), along with their parents, the King and Queen of Ceyesca, and Former Grand Duchess Tatiana Alexandrovna (b. 1881, d. 1979), their paternal grandmother. Reportedly, Princess Caroline and Princess Margaret met and formed their lifelong friendship at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. As heir to the Cesque throne, Caroline would sometimes step in for her ailing father to perform royal duties. She abandoned all intentions of pursuing a diplomatic career, and instead focused on preparing to become Queen. She attended many Parliament sessions, and spoke for the King when he was away. She visited the United States in 1955 as part of her diplomatic visit, there she met actors and actresses Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Grace Kelly, to name a few. She became increasingly loved by the public, who nicknamed her “Generous Caroline”.
Marriage to William of Spain (1954)
On April 23rd 1953, Prince William of Spain (b. 1929) proposed to Princess Caroline. This helped the princess with the depression she’d been suffering from since her sister’s death on September 3rd 1952. The wedding took 11 months to organise, and is widely considered to be one of the most spectacular weddings of the XXth Century. The wedding was held on March 25th 1954 (9th anniversary of Prince Mario's death). It was an all-day event, starting with a church ceremony at the Milan Cathedral at 11:00 am. Princess Caroline was walked down the aisle by her father, King Charles V, with bridesmaids Princess Alexandra and Princess Maria walking behind her. Her dress was custom made by Christian Dior. She met Prince William at the altar, where they exchanged vows. During the ceremony, William (Guillermo in Spanish) changed his name to Villém (the Cesque equivalent), was proclaimed a Cesque citizen, and denounced all claims to the Spanish throne. Present at the ceremony were: Austrian president Theodore Körner, King Baudouin of Belgium, King Frederick XI of Denmark and his wife Ingrid, Finnish president Juho Paasikivi, French president René Coty, King Paul of Greece and his wife Frederica, Italian president Luigi Einaudi, Prince Franz Joseph II of Liechtenstein, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, King Haakon VII of Norway, Portuguese president Francisco Lopes, Nikita Khrushchev, Kliment Voroshilov and Georgy Malenkov of the Soviet Union, Generalissimo Francisco Franco of Spain, Prince Juan Carlos of Spain, Infante Juan Count of Barcelona and Princess Maria de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Pope Pius XII, President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, Mexican president Adolfo Cortines, US president Dwight D. Eisenhower, Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas, Sultan Mohamed V of Morocco and Prince Hassan, Egyptian president Mohamed Naguib and deputy prime minister Gamal Abdel Nasser, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, King Idris of Libya, Chairman of China Mao Zedong, Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Empress Nagako, King Hussein of Jordan, Lebanese president Camille Chamoun, Sultan Said bin Taimur of Muscat and Oman, King Tribhuvan of Nepal, King Saud of Saudi Arabia, Turkish president Celâl Bayar and King Ahmad bin Yahya of Yemen. After being proclaimed husband and wife, Caroline and William exited the cathedral and met face to face with thousands of loving civilians, cheering. They were then escorted to a carriage and paraded around Milan. At 6:00 pm, the couple was taken to the Serbelloni Palace, where a dinner ball was hosted. The marriage documents were signed at 8:00 pm, and the festivities came to an end at 11:00 pm. Princess Caroline and Prince William later went to France and then Morocco for their honeymoon, courtesy of the French president and Moroccan sultan.
Charles V's Death (1957)
Ever since Princess Caroline became the Heir to the Cesque Throne in September 1952, King Charles suffered from chronic pneumonia and lung infections. Over the years, he got weaker and weaker which resulted in Princess Caroline assuming many royal duties. One of these royal duties was to go on a tour of the Empire, which she departed for in July 1956, only a month after giving birth to her first child Prince Henry (1956-2018). She visited Cesque Morocco, the Cesque Sahara, Mombasa and Zanzibar, Cesque Somaliland, Aden and Socotra, Muscat and Oman, the Trucial States, Qatar, Bahrain, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and the Cesque West Indies. When she went to Cesque Morocco, she found that anti-Cesque sentiment was at an all-time high. After arriving at the administrative capital of Alhucémas (Al Hoceima), Princess Caroline was almost assassinated by a Riffian nationalist. The Princess was advised to return to Ceyesca, but instead decided to remain in Cesque Morocco. After her tour ended, she brought up the issue of Moroccan independence in Parliament, this eventually led to negotiations with the Moroccan Sultan, the French and Spanish governments and ultimately resulted in Moroccan independence. Nowadays, Princess Caroline is seen as an advocate for Moroccan independence in the North African nation. She returns to Morocco often, residing in her villa on the Mediterranean coast. After returning from her tour in October 1956, the King was in even worse shape. The 59 year old King was again diagnosed with pneumonia, and put on bed rest until he got better. In the early hours of April 28th 1957, the King was coughing uncontrollably, spitting blood. His personal physician, Marcos Bélévillé, managed to help the King relax and sleep, but when was out of earshot, he informed Queen Anastasia that he was nearing his death, and that he had a month at most. The next day, Princess Caroline and Prime Minister Michél Nollér were informed, reportedly, the Princess managed to control her demeanor when told, but was visibly heartbroken. A week later, King Charles V died peacefully in his sleep on May 5th 1957. Princess Caroline was extremely distraught, reportedly crying upwards to 9 hours everyday. She, however, remained composed and regal. She was proclaimed Queen on the same day, but delayed her coronation for another month.
Queen Caroline’s coronation was one of the greatest events of the XXth century, second only to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. On June 5th 1957, Queen Caroline was taken to the Milan Cathedral where the ceremony took place. The two hour ceremony started at 12:00 pm, and was attended by most leaders and sovereign at the time, including Queen Elizabeth II and her family. Her husband, Crown Prince William, the Prince of Savoy, was reinaugurated as Prince Consort William, the Duke of Bergamo. She delivered a speech on the balcony of the Royal Palace of Milan, to her subjects gathered around her to watch the coronation at the Placia dél Domme, the speech goes as follows:
The crowd of 50,000 civilians erupted in applause as the Queen returned to her palace. The Carolinian Golden Age had just begun.