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5 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Royalty

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Everybody loves to imagine what it would be like to be part of a royal family; to have that dynasty that goes back for generations (and the riches and perks that go along with it probably don't help either). As it turns out, a few very, VERY prolific people are just a little more royal than you might have thought, and the stories behind them are fascinating.

Grace Kelly

Biography

Few actresses are as emblematic of their time as Grace Kelly. Deciding to pursue acting despite the disapproval of her parents, the young actress soon rose to the top of Hollywood's elite, thanks to leading roles in smash-hits like High Noon, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, and Country Girl, which earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

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However, in a story that could only come from Hollywood, Kelly quit acting at the age of 26 thanks to a chance meeting with Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the principality's sovereign. The two hit it off, and were soon married, making Kelly the Princess of Monaco!

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Unable to continue acting due to her duties as royalty, she threw herself into philanthropic and diplomatic work, which she continued until her timely death in 1982, due to suffering a stroke while driving.

Sir Christopher Lee

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The late, great Sir Christopher Lee was a man of many talents, and many passions. We all know him as a veteran actor of stage and screen, thanks to his booming voice and immense presence he brought to movies like The Man With The Golden Gun, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and of course, Hammer Films's Dracula series.

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There's also his time with the British Commandos in World War II, where he took on clandestine missions that sound like something straight out of Inglourious Basterds (his division was apparently dropped behind enemy lines and instructed by Churchill himself to "set Europe ablaze").

Suffice it to say, the man has one heck of a story. It doesn't end there though! Turns out, Lee is actually a descendant of Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, one of the most famous Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire! Lee was very proud of this fact; so much so that he recorded a heavy metal album about Charlemagne himself!

The next few celebrities are ones you probably won't believe are actually royalty...

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