Many important states were established throughout human history. Some of these states became civilizations that shaped world politics for hundreds of years and turned into great empires. Of course, these great empires were ruled for hundreds of years by rulers with great talents in different fields. Some went down in history with their great military victories and some with their political achievements. However, there were also rulers who wrote their names in history with their extremely interesting features. Some rulers of these important empires came to the throne at a young age. So much so that some rulers were crowned even before they were born! Here are the 10 youngest rulers in history, from Tutankhamun to Mary Stuart.
1. II. Shapur
The ruler of the Sassanid Empire II. Şapur is one of the longest reigning monarchs in history, with a 70-year reign. II., who came to the throne in 309 AD. Shapur ruled the empire until his death in 379. However, II. His long reign was not the only thing that made Shapur go down in history.
II. Shapur is the only person in the world who became emperor before he was born! Father II. In order to prevent the internal turmoil that started after the death of Hormuz, II. A crown was placed on the belly of her mother, who was pregnant with Shapur, and II. It is claimed that Shapur was declared emperor.
2. Jean I
Born on November 15, 1316, Jean I was proclaimed king of France on the day he was born. As a result, he became the owner of the title of one of the youngest rulers in history. However, Jean I had the important title of being “the only Frenchman who spent his whole life as king”. Jean I died on November 19, 1316, when he was only 5 days old.
3. XIII. Alfonso
Just like Jean I, XIII. Alfonso also sat on the king’s throne as soon as he was born. The king of Spain, who opened his eyes on May 17, 1886, was deputized by his mother, Maria Christina, until 1902. After this date XIII. Alfonso ruled the kingdom alone until 1931. However, II. He was deposed in 1931, with the proclamation of the Spanish Republic.
4. Mary Stuart
When King James V of Scotland died, there was only one heir to replace him: Mary Stuart. Mary Stuart, who was born on December 8, 1542, came to the throne in accordance with the rules and became Queen of Scotland. And at the time of his coronation, he was far more experienced than some of our list of the youngest monarchs in history! Mary Stuart ascended the Scottish throne on 14 December 1542, when she was only 6 days old.
5. VI. Ivan
VI. Ivan was one of the youngest and also one of the most unfortunate rulers in history. Ivan ascended the throne in 1740 with the title of Emperor of Russia. He was only two months old when he ascended the throne. Just one year after his reign began, he was deposed by his cousin Elizabeth Petrovna, and the entire 23-year life of the deposed monarch was spent in captivity…
6. II. sobhuza
Born on July 22, 1899, II. Sobhuza was only four months old when he became the ruler of the African country Esvatini. However, his uncle and mother, who wanted to take this heavy responsibility from the shoulders of a four-month-old baby, took care of the country until 1921 instead.
7. VI. Henry
VI. Henry was crowned on September 1, 1422, at the age of nine months. But the new monarch of England had some weaknesses! Knowing how to take advantage of these weaknesses, the French became influential in the politics of the period. Thus, the British supremacy in Europe began to wane.
8. Aisin-Gioro Puyi
The last emperor of the ancient Chinese state was Aisin-Gioro Puyi, who ascended the throne on December 2, 1908. Puyi was only 2 years old when he became the ruler of the empire that has existed for over 2000 years. The emperor was deposed during the revolution in 1912.
9. Simeon Saxe-Coburggotsky
Simeon Saxe-Coburggotski became head of the Kingdom of Bulgaria on August 28, 1943, at the age of 6, and ruled the kingdom for several years. However, II. After World War II, the monarchy was abolished in a referendum held in the country. Thus, the reign of Simeon Saxe-Coburggotsky came to an end.
Moreover, the young ruler was exiled with his family. However, Sakskoburggotski, who had experience in governing the country from a very young age, was elected this time in 2001 and served as prime minister for 4 years.
The burial chamber, discovered in the 20th century, made Tutankhamen one of the best-known Ancient Egyptian rulers. The extraordinary ruler of ancient Egypt was only 8 years old when he became the ruler of this ancient civilization.