Here’s What Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Caligula And Others Would Look Like Today

Emperor Augustus (born Octavius, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar)

According to Becca Saladin: “Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by history and archaeology. I think humans perceive the past as a series of events; something like a movie that we can’t really feel or touch. I believe the things that bring us closer to the past are those that truly humanize us – the bodies from Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Inca mummies, the personal objects of those long gone, and more.

I’ve always thought how incredible it would be to see historical events and people the way they actually happened and the way they actually looked. I started Royalty Now in February of 2019, simply as a way for me to see my favorite historical figure, Anne Boleyn, as a modern woman. I wanted to know if she could come to life from the few pale, flat portraits we have of her. I started the account to satisfy my own curiosity about what members of the past would look like if they were standing right in front of me. I’m incredibly thankful for the support and interest the account has received, and can’t wait to see what happens next.”

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Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch

Marie Antionette

Mary, Queen of Scots

Abraham Lincoln

Madame du Barry – the official mistress of Louis XV

Anne Boleyn

Louis XV

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour

Queen Isabella of Castile

Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Agrippina the Younger, a sister to Emperor Caligula

Eleanor of Toledo, a bride to a famous member of the Medici Family Cosimo I de Medici

British author Jane Austen

Grace Kelly, American film actress & Princess of Monaco

Mona Lisa

Prince Albert

Queen Elizabeth I

Benjamin Franklin

Queen Nefertiti

Julie Andrews


Elizabeth Taylor

Alexander the Great

Ingrid Bergman

Wallis Simpson, the American socialite and divorcée at the heart of the Abdication Crisis that caused King Edward VIII to give up the throne

Louis XIV, the Sun King

Julius Caesar

Mary I


Henry VIII

Catherine Parr, the wife of Henry VIII

Jane Seymour, the wife of Henry VIII

Anne of Cleves, the wife of Henry VIII

Elizabeth Woodville, the longstanding wife of King Edward IV, from 1464-1483

Marie Antionette

A young Queen Victoria

Mary Queen of Scots

Katherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was Queen of England for only 16 months as the fifth wife of Henry VIII

Christina of Denmark, seen here in an original Hans Holbein portrait, lived from 1521 – 1590

Prince Albert, shown here at age 21

Richard III, the King of England

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

Queen Isabella of Castile, partner to Ferdinand II of Aragon and the queen who sent Columbus on his way to the “new world” in 1492

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

Katherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII and queen of England from 1509-1533

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