A Letter From The Publisher, May 3, 1976

"When you see a king," George Eliot wrote in 1868, "you see the work of many thousand men." The same might be said about the many TIME cover stories on monarchs over the decades. Totting them up in connection with this week's story on European royalty, we discovered that Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, Emperors and Shahs have been on our cover 91 times since 1923, when the first, King Fuad I of Egypt, appeared. A few royals, such as Elizabeth II and her father George VI of Great Britain, Alfonso XIII (grandfather of Juan Carlos, Spain's present King, who is one...

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