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Surprising 7: The ugliest rulers

Charles III (1716-1788), the large-nosed

As a great grandson of the Sun King, Charles III face was dominated by the characteristically large and prominent nose of the Bourbons. The prince, who received a strict and religious upbringing at the royal court in Madrid, immensely feared his strong mother, whom he remarkably resembled.
He was bound to his wife, Maria Amalia Christina, a Saxon and Polish princess who was eight years his younger, through true love and pure loyalty. After her death in 1760 he never remarried, and writings of him do not mention any mistresses either. He was a fanatic of hunting, but interestingly he banned bull fights, as he considered them cruel and uncivilized.


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