GAY MONARCHS of the UNITED KINGDOM

So over here in the UK, everybody has gone bat-shit crazy over William and Kate Middleton getting married. I kind of missed the Royal wedding myself I’m actually quite ashamed to admit, I was in bed until 4pm with a stinking hangover (kind of regret that now)

Anyway this is just a tenuous link to what I actually am going to blather about in this post – the side of the British Royals that isn’t often talked about, the Kings and Queens that were (alleged to be) homosexual.

There are generally seven British monarchs that are believed by (at least some) credible historians to be gay (one of which is definite), but which is your favourite, all are interesting in their own way (except perhaps death-by-gout-such-an-unglamourous-way-to-die Queen Anne) :

King William Rufus (1087 – 1110)

Son of William the Conqueror, and openly gay. William Rufus was not a popular king. He is described as red-haired, arrogant, intemperate and coarse. Openly gay and always in need of money, he quarrelled with the church about land, taxes and his dissolute lifestyle.

He was, however, an excellent soldier and very successfully consolidated his father’s military successes in England. He died when a “stray” arrow struck him on the head, lots of evidence seems to point at his brother HENRY being responsible for this, as he showed no remorse at his death, and went straight to be crowned as King Henry I in London without seeing William buried.

Richard The Lionheart (1189-1199) 

People are divided as to whether he was or not, but he was known for being quite handsome, and great warrior. He fought lots of crusades abroad and ruled not only in England, but Ireland, Cyprus and parts of France also. His homosexuality rumours stem from him spending the night in bed with the King of France (some believe it to be a sign of peace between the two countries, some believe it to be a night of hot blue-blooded man on man action), and there are other stories that he confessed to his church “the sin of sodomy” in just his underwear, and took 5 years to sleep with his wife, and only did so as a penance for his homosexuality. His wife was from a forced arranged marriage. Lionheart was rumoured to have had relationships with other women, but many believe this was just for show, as stories of his homosexuality are rife.

EDWARD II (1307-27) 

One of the higher profile gay monarchs, so much so there was a 1991 film based on his little gay life, and he popped up in “Braveheart” as a flamboyantly gay character. By all accounts was quite hot, but was not popular with his people (or his wife). There is lots about Edward II online about his gay affairs (including some really quite bizarre slash fiction) so feel free to google away. But he basically pissed off the whole of his country by dating this guy called Piers Gaveston, the 1st Earl of Cornwall –

Gaveston had a very strong influence on him, and this made him very unpopular. Gaveston was eventually beheaded for being a homosexual (something that was VERY ILLEGAL back in those dark times). The King then went on to have another affair with Hugh Despenser –

who was eventually killed by having his genitals removed and his eyes burnt out (!). Edward himself was eventually murdered by his wife’s lover by having a red hot poker slipped up his bottom probably without lube.

Richard II (1377-1400)

Ascending to the throne at just 10 years old, Richard II sounds like a sensitive fellow. He relished the arts, befriended Chaucer and collected fine objects. He completely flinched at war-making and often sympathised with the victims of his foreign crusades, and was so unpopular with his people he was pelted with garbage at a UK parade.

He was described as not very kingly. He had Westminster Abbey beautified with a new ceiling and paid inordinate attention to his clothes. He not only used (and probably waved) a hanky, he invented the thing! (something that he is probably most famous for). Towards the end of his reign he went a little bit mad, and slaughtered many of his opponents, eventually dying of starvation in captivity.

Mary I (1553 – 1558)

There are a few rumblings online that Mary might have been a lesbian, or at least a repressed lesbian (which might go some way to explain her bloody reign of terror) but I must admit I am unconvinced personally, she seemed pretty devoted to Philip her husband. If anybody knows different please feel free to share the knowledge.

James I (1603 – 1625)

Physically weak, and well known to be quite cowardly, James I is one of the better known gay monarchs – I remember it being vaguely alluded to when I was studying at school it was so obvious. He was first rumoured to have fallen in love with his own cousin Esme Stuart –

at the age of 13, and he late made him the Duke of Lennox. There is quite a lot about him online, so again feel free to google further, I do like this choice quote on him –

James’s sexual orientation was so widely known that Sir Walter Raleigh joked about it in public saying “King Elizabeth” had been succeeded by “Queen James.”

James was rumoured to be fond of young, and pretty boys. He had many lovers including Robert Carr, a poor Scotsman that he made the Earl of Somerset –

and George Villiars, who was made the Duke of Buckingham –

he was said to lavish gifts upon his lovers, something that disgusted his court, not only because of the money he was wasting, but also because James appeared old, bloated, lecherous and often quite literally drooling (!) over his young male objects of his affection.

Anne (1702 – 1714)

Bit of a boring one, despite having a huge amount of miscarriages, she was rumoured to partake in some lady-loving with Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, who was her “lady of the bedchamber.” Which was apparently an actual job, and not just some winking euphemism.

And for now, at least, that is it, although I am sure along the line there have been others, this lot have just been a bit louder about it. May I also add that everything here is ALLEGEDLY, and if anybody wants any pictures taken down just email me.

38 responses

  1. Anonymous

    There is also William III of William and Mary

    October 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  2. Jenny

    Because I’m such a history nerd I have to point out that William Rufus was shot in the lung, not the head. I will now commence slurping and pushing up my glasses!

    June 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  3. Gray

    Which one was the one whose lover was killed when soldiers barged in on them apparently “wrestling” naked in his bed chambers and then the bodies of him and his brother were put on trial for treason? I’m pretty sure I heard it on QI, but I might have dreamed it…

    June 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  4. James

    Don’t forget our own dear sexually suspect Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex. Everybody knows that his wife, Countess Sophie, is a beard he uses to hide his homosexuality.

    July 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

  5. Will

    There’s gotta be some modern gay offspring, or something. It sounds as if the gay gene runs strong in the family.

    August 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    • Anonymous

      yes there are gay offspring,just look under the shiny image,but the genes are just the same as any other family,of course down the years of history,theyre not the same family anyway
      Normans,Plantagenets,Tudor,Stuart,Saxe-Coburg-Gotha,(Windsor.) take your pick.

      March 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

  6. Anonymous

    Certainly William of Orange “husband” of Mary – William the third as referred to above

    December 24, 2012 at 5:44 am

  7. Henry II (Richard I’s dad) was at the very least bi. Among his lovers was Thoman Becket, whom he inadvertantly (?) had murdered whilst asking ‘would no-one rid me of this man’ during a right royal hissy fit.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

  8. Astorix

    Charles I apparently inherited not only his father’s tendencies but his Villiers lovers too. The Villiers were eventually showered with favours and eventually chased away and executed.

    March 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  9. Anonymous

    Nice page. I really hope for some openly modern gay ruler somewhere in the world; preferably a high power county :D
    hihi

    March 12, 2013 at 3:55 am

  10. sparrow

    In the last 300years there as been no gay kings or queens… we must be due one soon, right?

    April 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    • Anonymous

      I hope so)

      May 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    • Anonymous

      No, In Munich Germany there was a king by the name of Ludwig 11 of Bavaria WHO WAS RUMOURED TO BE gay. He however was popular among his people but unpopular with the parliament.

      September 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  11. herby

    if you go back further to Edward the Confessor he never consummated his marriage to his wife who was the sister of Harold his successor a family he hated he also hated his mother Emma of Normandy. Impossible to prove now but even to a history loving straight like me seems gay and very troubled by it.( it’d make a good film)

    May 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    • Anon

      Seems just as likely that Edward the Confessor was an asexual.

      March 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      • Missmadeleine

        Yay, let’s hear it for the asexuals!

        April 13, 2014 at 2:07 am

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  13. Patty

    was there a distant royal recently who is gay? Im thinking of somene leaving the monarchy to become a carpenter who was gay. Am I wrong?

    July 24, 2013 at 5:36 am

  14. New Prince George’s astrological chart has numerous indications that he might be gay, and I have said so publicly. He has Scorpio rising, a large group of planets in the 8th House of sexuality ruled by Scorpio, has Saturn (responsibilities and the North Node (life destiny) in the 12th House of past karma, losses, and personal secrets. In other words, he may never be King, and may well be defined by his sexuality. I guess we’ll see in 20-30 years!

    July 27, 2013 at 3:17 am

    • Jacob Balsius

      5-7 years at the most; by 7 most kids are or arent, as long as nature is left alone

      December 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

    • It is not against Human Rights grind the head of ANY bastard
      that is NOT ELECTED and has position because of ARYAN NAZI BELIEFS

      KILL EM ALL AND SCAP ON THEIR GRAVES!!!

      May 10, 2014 at 6:33 am

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  16. ALL OF THEM ARE FAGGOTS!!!

    WE MUST LIBERATE UK FROM THEIR ANAL FASCISM!!!

    WE MUST HAVE NO LORDS AND KINGS – ALSO WE MUST CHANGE

    ALL BRITISH FLAGS THAT HAVE GAY CHRISTIAN SYMBOLISM!!!

    TO THE WEAPONS FOR DEMOCRACY!!!

    WE NEED A PRESIDENT – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

    May 10, 2014 at 6:20 am

    • Peter Dixon

      Presidents can be corrupted with money and favours, our Royal Family cannot as they need nothing…. God Save the Queen.

      September 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

  17. WE MUST KILL ALL MONARCHS AND LORDS

    PUT THEM TO DEATH

    SLAY THEM

    WE MUST GRIND THEM

    OH YEAH – RAPE THEM WITH DYNAMITE AND EXPLODE

    THEIR ANAL WORLD OUTSIDE OUT
    <3

    May 10, 2014 at 6:24 am

    • Anonymous

      you are a very sad twat

      May 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

  18. dead people have no sexual needs

    KILL ‘EM ALL

    May 10, 2014 at 6:26 am

  19. We must rape all lords and kings, and grind their genitalia

    also behead them!

    May 10, 2014 at 6:29 am

    • Anonymous

      Starting with you.

      June 26, 2014 at 6:53 am

  20. Marianne

    I think it was probably Queen Anne’s elder sister Mary ii who was gay, not Mary I. She wrote infatuated letters to a maid of honour called Frances Apsley. It was similar to the relationship between Anne and Sarah Churchill.

    September 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

  21. Anonymous

    great page_ thanks for the post and the responses. I’m sure there were others that kept it quieter but its interesting to hear about the ones who flaunted it and just didn’t care about public opinion.

    October 17, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  22. anon

    this is all new news to me very hard to process and understand and i read what everybody said but i am speechless i am not… and or rather that is not me… (???)

    November 6, 2014 at 7:23 am

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    December 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm

  24. Kev

    Of course there were many LGBT Monarchs. It is just a natural part of human sexuality in Evolution. In fact, science proved long ago without homosexuality or heterosexuality, the human race would not have continued. If you add up LGBT combine, they are more in numbers than heterosexuals so not really even a minority.

    There were also many Kings who were more hetero who basically were horny a lot & to humiliate or prove to themselves how powerful they were, they would often stray from the wife & female whores then select the younger more handsome hetero males & simply say, I am your King & you will do oral or bend over for me! It felt good in sex to the King of course but it was more about control and power in those cases. Even a gay King would not be bottom type even if he desired because that would in his mind reduce his status. After all, God appointed Kings & Queens in their sick mindset anyway.

    Monarchy comes from the lowest backgrounds around. Those who killed, stole and demanded power then stole land and other things to put themselves in positions of power and make insane claims so those born later no fault of those being born had to grow up into a brainwashed culture in which they were told they were above others when reality is they are below others.

    Sure there were gay and lesbians in power. Even QE1 might have been male. We will never know. We still don’t know sexual orientation of Jesus!

    December 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

  25. International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)

    THE MOST FAMOUS HOMOSEXUALS OF THE HISTORY
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    2. Sappho of Mytilene (600 A.C. – B.C.) Greek poet
    3. Socrates (470-399 A.C. – B.C.) Greek philosopher
    4. Plato (427-347 A.C. – B.C.) Greek philosopher
    5. Alexander the Great (356-323 A.C. – B.C.) King of Macedonia
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    18. John Alexander Normandy (1545-1640) French journalist and poet
    19. Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman
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    52. Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French naturalist and writer
    53. Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950) Russian ballet dancer
    54. Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) British writer
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    57. Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) Poet, playwright and prose writer Spanish
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    December 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  26. Cam

    Oh my god I”m sitting here laughing hysterically because I’m taking a British history class and going “Oh my gOD I fucking knew it!” And “How come magister didn’t tell us about THIS?”

    May 18, 2015 at 3:31 am

  27. thanjs for the great info

    May 26, 2015 at 3:42 am

  28. Sadananda

    Vy nice to read

    May 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm

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