Make a royal match

How did William and Kate meet? Which princess married — and then divorced — an Olympic medalist? Whose wedding gown was adorned with 325,000 beads? Test your knowledge of all things royal with these games.

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Bachelors and bachelorettes, royal-style

Choose the right partner for these 10 royal brides and grooms:

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Queen Victoria was 18 when she inherited the throne in 1837. She reigned for 63 years and seven months, longer than any other British monarch.

Whom did she marry? Queen Victoria bucked royal tradition and married for love instead of national alliance. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert, and they had nine children.

A
Her first cousin
B
An Italian prince
C
Shipping magnate
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Edward VIII reigned for 325 days in 1936, one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history.

Whom did he marry? Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. Thereafter, he was known as the Duke of Windsor.

A
Duchess of Wessex
B
Queen Mary
C
An American
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Prince Albert, Duke of York became King George VI following the abdication of his brother in 1936. He ruled until his death in 1952.

Whom did he marry? Prince Albert married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, a descendant of the Royal House of Scotland, in 1923. After her husband's death, she became known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to avoid confusion with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

A
His second cousin
B
Childhood chum
C
A Spanish princess
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Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.

Whom did she marry? In 1947, Princess Elizabeth married Lt. Philip Mountbatten, the son of a Greek prince and the great-great grandson of Queen Victoria. He is now known as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

A
A movie star
B
Queen Victoria's great-great grandson
C
She didn't marry
5

Princess Margaret, the Queen's younger sister, married in May 1960.

Whom did she marry? Under pressure from the royal family, Princess Margaret abandoned her romance with an older divorced man and married Antony Armstrong-Jones, a British photographer. Their marriage dissolved in May 1978.

A
A divorced older man
B
Her second cousin
C
British photographer
6

Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. He is heir apparent to the throne.

Whom did he first marry? In 1981, Prince Charles married the late Lady Diana Spencer, a one-time kindergarten teacher who was born into British aristocracy but considered a commoner because she didn't descend from royalty. They separated in 1992 and their marriage was disolved in 1996. In 2005, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. After the wedding, she became known as the Duchess of Cornwall.

A
Kindergarten teacher
B
Socialite
C
Duchess of Cornwall
7

Princess Anne is the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. She is now known as the Princess Royal.

Whom did she marry? Princess Anne married Lt. Mark Phillipsin 1973. Phillips was a member of the British team in the three-day event at the 1972 Munich Olympics where Britain won the team gold medal. Their marriage was dissolved in 1992 and the princess remarried later that year.

A
Danish prince
B
Olympic medalist
C
Sting's brother
8

Prince Andrew is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Known as the Duke of York after his marriage, he was the first child in 103 years to be born to a reigning monarch.

Whom did he marry? Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986. Sarah and Andrew are sixth cousins, sharing common ancestors in the fourth Duke of Devonshire and his wife, dating from the mid-18th century. They divorced in 1996.

A
Swedish princess
B
Accessories buyer
C
His sixth cousin
9

Prince Edward, the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, was given the title the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn on his marriage in 1999.

Whom did he marry? Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones, a former public relations executive.

A
PR exec
B
Fashion designer
C
Wealthy divorcee
10

Prince William is the elder son of the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He is training to be a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.

Who's his lucky bride? Prince William will marry Kate Middleton on April 29. The two met while attending St. Andrews University in Scotland.

A
Accessories buyer
B
Graduate student
C
Model

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How the marriages fit into the family lineage

A look at which royal matches lasted
and which ones didn't.

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SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: Kat Downs, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post.
Published April 25, 2011.

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