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Arthur XI of Gelonia

Arthur XI
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King of Gelonia
Reign30 April 2012 – present
Proclamation15 May 2012
PredecessorRobert IV
Heir presumptiveLena, Princess Royal
Prime Ministers
Born (1963-07-02) 2 July 1963 (age 57)
Lugudunon Cartrefu, Oxonia, Gelonia
Spouses
Issue
Detail
Full name
Arthur Hawise Siorious Raibeart Heranal
HouseRouanti
FatherPrince Hawise, Duke of Douarnenez
MotherRimoete II of Gelonia
ReligionChurch of Gelonia

Arthur XI (Arthur Hawise Siorious Raibeart Heranal; b. 2 July 1963) is the King of Gelonia. He ascended to the throne on 30 April 2012 after the death of his father, Queen Rimoete II.

Arthur was born in Oxonia as the eldest child of Queen Rimoete II and Prince Hawise, Duke of Douarnenez. He became heir apparent and Duke of Oxonia upon his mother's ascension. He attended primary and secondary schools in Gelonia, later serving in the Gelonian Navy after attending [naval college], in [country]. Arthur has married twice, first in 1982 to commoner Loeiza Taneta, which ended in divorce; and to Princess Maira of Gaemar in 1990. From his marriage to Taneta, he had one child Prince Arthur, Duke of Oxonia, who died in 2011. He has six children, all daughters, from Maira of Gaemar.

Arthur became King of Gelonia in 2012. His reign has seen improved relations with neighboring nations such as Latium, and relative government stability compared to his predecessors, with five governments across three legislative terms.

Early life

Arthur was born on 2 July 1963, during the reign of his grandfather King Robert IV at Lugudunon Cartrefu, in Oxonia, Gelonia. He is the eldest child of Rimoete, Princess Royal (later Queen Rimoete II) and her husband Prince Hawise, Duke of Douarnenez. At the time of his birth, Arthur was second-in-line to the throne, as the eldest son of the heir presumptive. He became the first future king to be born in Gelonia following independence.

From birth, he was styled “Prince of Douarnenez”, due to his father’s rank as then heir apparent to the Royal Dukedom of Douarnenez. He was baptized into the Church of Gelonia by the local Bishop of Oxonia at St Tugdualus in August 1963. His godparents are Michael I of Ghant (his great-uncle); Beladore of Gelonia (his great-aunt); Jocelyn of Gelonia (his aunt); and William VIII, Elector of Turenne (Jocelyn’s husband).

He has six younger siblings: |Riocus, Teresa, Nina, Beatriz, Joan, and David. Along with his siblings, Arthur primarily raised at Lugudunon Cartrefu, which became the House of Rouanti's chief residence in the 18th century.

Arthur became heir apparent following the death of his grandfather on 19 September 1970. He became Duke of Oxonia, by virtue of his status as heir apparent, the same day; however, his investiture ceremony was not until 6 January 1971.

Education

Arthur began his education during the reign of his grandfather, Robert IV. He attended private school for his primary education, however upon the ascension of his mother in 1970, there was speculation that he and his siblings would attend state schools to enhance the popularity of the monarchy. Initially the decision to keep Arthur in private schooling was met with controversy following comments from his father, who, in off the cuff remarks, said that “No child of mine will attend some dirty public school.” Prince Hawise did not apologize for the comments, but later proved integral in passing state education reform in 1975.

At 15, Arthur was enrolled at Aberlour, a boarding school in coastal northern Gelonia. From 1981 to 1985, Arthur was educated at [foreign military academy], where he studied political science. On 14 October 1985, he was sworn in as a Second lieutenant in the Gelonian Royal Defense Forces.

Reign

On 30 April 2012, Queen Rimoete passed away following a battle with lung cancer. Per the Gelonian constitution, Arthur’s reign began immediately. On 15 May 2012, Arthur was formally elected King by the Chiefs of the Vodan by unanimous vote. A public proclamation and a coronation was held immediately following Arthur’s election at Saint-Brieuc Basilica, in Oxonia.

The first year of Arthur’s reign saw an increase in parliamentary instability, when Prime Minister Anna Quiniou resigned following a loss of confidence. Arthur’s first three years as King saw three separate individuals serve as Prime Minister. The Bodadeg stabilized following the appointment of John Guegani as Prime Minister. Guegani was nominated to the office personally by Arthur following negotiations between Arthur, royal advisors, and key party leaders of the Bodadeg and Vodan. Arthur’s actions were praised, as Guegani and the Bodadeg maintained the same government for the next five years.

Arthur has made more foreign visits and state visits than any Monarch of Gelonia in the first eight years of his reign, resulting in an improved position of Gelonia internationally. His reign has also seen improved relations with neighboring Latium. This has been attributed to increased cross-border trade and the lift on restrictions on teaching Latin and Gelatine in border communities, as well as dynastic ties between each country’s ruling family.

Marriages

Marriage to Loeiza Taneta

Arthur first married in 1985 to commoner Loeiza Taneta. He first met Taneta in 1984 while attending a charity event for the Oxonia Foundation in Meud. According to courtiers, Arthur was quickly taken with Taneta, and they eventually married in 1983. The marriage was cause of controversy among the nobility and leadership of the Church of Gelonia due to Taneta's station as a commoner. Taneta gave birth to their only child, Arthur, on 17 June 1985. The birth of Prince Arthur initiated concerns of his eventual succession due to the morganatic marriage between Arthur and Taneta. The marriage quickly deteriorated, and by August 1984, rumors surfaced that King Robert IV was attempting to secure a divorce and have Arthur search for a new wife.

In early 1987, the Royal Household announced that Arthur and Taneta were divorcing, making Arthur the first member of the Royal Family to be part of a divorce.

Marriage to Maira of Gaemar

Prior to his divorce, Arthur was widely believed to be engaged in an affair, and actively seeking out a new bride. Following a string of unsuccessful courtships, Arthur and the Duchy of Oxonia announced that Arthur was courting Princess Maira of Gaemar, the daughter of Jakodi, King of Gaemar – a kingdom in Ghant.

The Gelonian Royal Family announced the engagement of Arthur and Maira on 2 June 1989, upon which Maira relocated to Oxonia and resided in her own apartment separate from Arthur. Their first public event following the engagement was a visit to the Oxonia Zoo, in which they were accompanied by Arthur’s son.

The couple married on 19 April 1990, at Saint-Brieuc Basilica. They honeymooned from their wedding day until 17 May 1990, visiting Belfras, Sante Reze, Ascalzar, and finishing in southern Ghant. Arthur and Maira have six daughters over the course of their marriage: Lena (1992), Alaina (1994), Genovefa (1995), Fianna (1997), Eva (1999), and Riona (2002).

Styles, titles, honors, and arms

Styles of
The King
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Reference styleYour Majesty
Spoken styleHis Majesty
Alternative styleSir

Styles

  • 2 July 1963 – 19 September 1988: His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Douarnenez
  • 19 September 1970 – 30 April 2012: His Royal Highness The Prince Arthur
    • 19 September 1970 – 30 April 2012: His Royal Highness The Duke of Oxonia
  • 30 April 2012 – present: His Majesty The King

Honors

  • Flag of Turenne.svg Turenne: Knight of the Order of the Viscomtins Cross NED Vliegerkruis BAR.svg
  •  Montgisard: Knight of the Order of the White Elephant Order of the Polar Star - Ribbon bar, pre 1975.svg

Dynastic honors

Issue

Name Birth Death Notes
By Loeiza Taneta
Prince Arthur of Oxonia (1985-06-17)17 June 1985 22 September 2011(2011-09-22) (aged 26)
By Princess Maira of Gaemar
Lena, Princess Royal (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 28) Married Prince Merrick of Dakmoor; had issue.
Alaina, Crown Princess of Sudmark (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 26) Married Frederick, Crown Prince of Sudmark
Genovefa, Crown Princess of Lameria (1995-12-26) 26 December 1995 (age 24) Married Owain, Crown Prince of Lameria
Princess Fianna of Gelonia (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 23)
Princess Eva of Gelonia (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 21)
Princess Riona of Gelonia (2002-08-25) 25 August 2002 (age 18)

Ancestry


See also

Arthur XI of Gelonia
Born: 2 July 1963
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rimoete II
King of Gelonia
2012–present
Incumbent
Heir presumptive:
The Princess Royal
Gelonian nobility
Vacant
Title last held by
The Prince Robert
later became King Robert IV
Duke of Oxonia
1970–2012
Succeeded by
The Prince Arthur