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Freya I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of Arendaal and Götarike (Suionia)
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1917 - 1945
Coronation December 1917 Kronstad
Predecessor King Niklaas IV
Successor King Sven V
Queen Regent of Götarike (Suionia)
Reign 1917 - 1945
Coronation December 1917, Götarike
Predecessor King Niklaas IV
Successor King Sven V
Consort Jean of Montelimar
Birth 28 December 1898, Trondheim
Death 2 October 1945, Loire
Father King Niklaas IV of Arendaal
Mother Karolina of Franken
Issue Sven V of Arendaal
Marie, Talemantine Empress
Alienora, Queen of Eiffelland
Helena, Queen of Great Engellex
Eliska, Queen of Cambria
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath
Full Name Freya von Nareath-Kapét
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Loire Cathedral

Freya I of Arendaal ("Freya the Beautiful") (1898 - 1945) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal and Götarike (Suionia) between 1917 and 1945. She was the eldest child of King Niklaas IV of Arendaal and Karolina of Franken, and is the grandmother of the current Aren King, King Edvard V of Arendaal. Freya I was famous in her own time as "the most beautiful woman in Europe". Even today, she is upheld as a standard of beauty, grace, style and regal poise and remains one of the most celebrated beauties of the 20th century. Both literally and metaphorically, Freya was the epitome of a "fairy-tale princess"; beautiful, elegant, and impossibly glamorous. She remains beloved in Arendaal for her many charitable foundations and for championing the cause of the disadvantaged.

BiographyEdit


An infant Freya I with her mother, Karolina of Franken

Early Life and WeddingEdit

Freya I was born in the Aren city of Trondheim, the eldest child of Niklaas IV of Arendaal and Princess Karolina of Franken. The young princess grew up to be well spoken, intelligent and well informed. Though she was critisized early on in her reign for "coldness", she eventually earned an image of compassion and elegance due to her public persona and charitable works. Her beauty made her famous in her own age, and her image as a kindhearted Queen has allowed her legacy to continue to endure today.


Freya during her wedding ceremony to Jean of Montelimar
Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

House of Lundmark
Last monarch
   Kristianna I of Arendaal
Children include
   Gustav V of Arendaal
   Isacco Beniamino II of the Talemantine Empire
   Heloise, Empress of Wiese
   Liliana,Queenof Montelimar
   Kristine,Queen ofEiffelland
Gustav V
Consort
   m1. Jacqueline of Eiffelland
   m2. Sophie of Wendmark
Children include
   Beatrix I of Arendaal
Beatrix I
Consort
   Thomas of Franken
Children include
   Edvard IV of Arendaal
   Hathor III of Arendaal
   Trigve of Arendaal
   Adelaide, Queen of Anglyn
   Klara, Queen of Cambria
   Evelina,TalemantineEmpress
Grandchildren include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Karl V of Arendaal
Edvard IV
Consorts
   m1. Evelynn of Anglyn
   m2. Victoria of Breotonia
Children include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Victoria, Queen of Franken
Helene I
Consort
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Grandchildren include
   Grand Duke Johann
Hathor III
Consort
   Elisabeth of Lorraine
Children include
   Rurik of Arendaal (married Clemence of Lorraine)
Karl V
Consort
   m1.Julienne of Cambria
   m2.Ekaterina of Serbovia
Children include
   Pieter II of Arendaal
   Alexandra,QueenofMontelimar
   CzarinaAnastasia, GornoAltai
   Juliette,Queen ofCambria
   Klarissa,Marquised'Hennessy
Pieter II
Consort
   m1.Nadia of GreatEngellex
   m2. Anna of Wiese
Children include
   Louisa I of Arendaal
   Liliana,TalemantineEmpress
   Isabella, Queen of Franken
   Gisela,Queen of Eiffelland
Louisa I
Consort
   Arthur of Breotonia
Children include
   Anders of Arendaal (married Elisabeth of Wiese)
   Eliana,QueenofEngellex
   Charlotte,QueenofMontelimar
Grand children include
   Niklaas IV of Arendaal
   Madeleine,Empress ofWiese
Niklaas IV
Consort
   Karolina of Franken
Children include
   Freya I of Arendaal
   Louise, Queen of Anglyn
   Laine, Marquise d'Hennessy
Freya I
Consort
   Jean of Montelimar
Children include
   Sven V of Arendaal
   Marie,TalemantineEmpress
   Alienora,Queen ofEiffelland
   Helena,Queen of Engellex
   Eliska, Queen of Cambria
Sven V
Consort
   Agneta of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard V of Arendaal
   Lena of Saxony (Wiese)
   Rikissa, Sultana of Hajr
   Varik of Arendaal
Edvard V
Consort
   Laura of Franken
Children include
   Soren of Arendaal
   Katarina,QueenofMontelimar
   Sophia of Arendaal
   Iselin of Arendaal
   Kristianna of Arendaal
   Svea of Arendaal
   Evelina of Arendaal
   Isabelle of Arendaal
   Adeliza of Arendaal
Nieces/nephews include
   Elisa, Princess of the Talemantine Empire

In early 1917, when she was still Crown Princess of Arendaal, Freya married Prince Jean of Montelimar in a lavish ceremony attended by Heads of State and Royals from across Europe. Freya's Cartier engagement ring featured a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond and two baguette diamonds mounted in platinum. Her wedding dress consisted of a rounded collar, full skirt of ivory peau de soie, and a fitted bodice made from Loire lace embroidered with seed pearls. The lace was over a century old and had flower designs in it. On her wedding day, Freya gave new meaning to the word icon. Her whole look, from the regal veil to the feminine lace details and the embriodered gown, made her an ageless bride. The couple had a successful marriage and several children; all of Freya's daughters married Crowned heads of Europe.

Queen Regent (1917 - 1945)Edit


Coronation Portrait of Queen Freya I


In late 1917, tragedy struck when Freya's father, King Niklaas IV, suddenly died. The then 18 year old Princess became Queen Regent. Her early contributions to the political life of Arendaal were minimal, although she was considered to perform her ceremonial duties well.

Gradually, the Queen began to cultivate an image of poise and permissiveness, at once striking a perfect balance between elegance and liberal permissiveness. She set the fashion for girls and women of the early 20th century: she wore her hair short, she listened to jazz music, she smoked, she drove automobiles and flouted many social conventions of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century.

Freya was ardently admired for her beauty as for her charitable work, particularly in the wake of economic stagnation and corresponding hardships of the early 1930s (see Depression Era).

In 1924, she founded the Queen Freya Foundation with the aim of helping those with special needs for whom no provision was made within the ordinary social services. The Foundation still exists, and the current Queen of Arendaal Laura of Franken is its honourary chairman.

Freya I represented the best of the "modern woman", demonstrating a new kind of independence and empowerment while simultaneously performing her Royal duies with the poise and grace expected of an Aren Queen.

Legendary Beauty and LegacyEdit


Queen Freya I of Arendaal

Freya was admired throughout her life as a great beauty. In Arendaal she was often likened to the Renaissance Queen, Madeleine I, whose legendary beauty inspired works by artists like Botticelli, and to the medieval Queen Alix I, who was reputedly the most "beautiful woman in the world". Freya was often called the "the unparalleled one.", as Queen Madeleine had been. The epithet is incribed on her tombstone in Loire Cathedral.

However, despite her undoubted fame for her beauty, her best loved feature by those around her was her kindness and compassion, and it was for this that she is best remembered by the Aren people.

Her son, Sven V gave the eulogy at her funeral, saying: "It was impossible not to love my mother. Not because she was a Queen, not because she was beautiful, but because she was the nicest person you could ever hope to meet.". Freya herself once said: "I would like to be remembered as a decent human being and a caring one"

In 1984, as part of the celebrations for his wedding to Laura of Franken, Freya's grandson, King Edvard V of Arendaal inaugurated a public rose garden in Emyn Arnen in Freya's memory. The conotation of a rose in Arendaal is with perfect beauty (for instance, Alix I of Arendaal was called the "Northern Rose")

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Freya I of Arendaal married Prince Jean of Montelimar. Their children included:


SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Freya I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King Pieter II of Arendaal
 
 
Queen Regent Louisa I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julienne of Cambria
 
 
Crown Prince Anders of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
Arthur of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
King Niklaas IV of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emperor of Wiese
 
 
Wilhelm Ludwig of Saxony
 
 
 
 
 
 
Empress of Wiese
 
 
Elisabeth Franziska of Braunschweig
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duke of Braunschweig
 
 
Duchess Franziska I Mariana of Braunschweig
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Braunschweig
 
Freya I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
King Nikolaus VI of Franken
 
 
King Thomas VI of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Franken
 
 
King Alfred III of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Pieter II of Arendaal
 
 
Isabella of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anna of Weise
 
 
Princess Karolina of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Queen of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Niklaas IV
1901 – 1917
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1917 - 1945
Succeeded by
King Sven V
1945 – 1980
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1917 - 1945
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1917 - 1945
Grand Duchess Regent of Nareath
1917 - 1945
Suionian Royalty
Preceded by
King Niklaas IV
1901 - 1917
Queen Regent of Götarike (Suionia)
1917 – 1945
Succeeded by
King Sven V
1945 – 1980
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Niklaas IV
Crown Princess of Arendaal
Princess of Fjordholm

1901 - 1917
Succeeded by
King Sven V

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