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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The Ultimate royal love tale, that between Victoria, who mourned her husband, Prince Albert’s death for 40 years, had been the cause of much attention until her death in 1901.

Victoria married Albert in 1840 and together they had nine children and turned Britain into the worldwide power it remains today. When Albert died, Victoria was devastated. She spent three years out of the public eye and wore black until the day she died.

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Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal

The year was 1612 and Arjumand Banu, only a teenager, was renamed Mumtaz Mahal and married 15-year-old Shah Jahan, ruler of the Mughal Empire. As Shah Hahan’s favourite wife, she bore him 14 children before her death in 1629. And to honour her, Shah Jahan built a grand monument that took 20,000 workers and 1000 elephants 20 years to complete. When Shah Jahan was deposed by his son and imprisoned, he would spend his days staring at the Taj Mahal – his greatest dedication to Mumtaz from his room of incarceration until he too, was buried by her side within the monument.

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Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler

Gone With The Wind has been immortalized as one of the greatest literary romances of all time since making its screen debut in 1939. The story of Scarlett and Rhett is a case of ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,’ after years of chasing only to never quite be on the same page. The pair’s eventual marriage was tumultuous and after the Civil War and Scarlett’s childish behaviour, Rhett decides it’s all too much and walks out for good, leaving with the famous phrase “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

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Romeo and Juliet

Not much needs to be said about the ultimate classic that is Romeo and Juliet. This tragic tale of forbidden love between two teenagers and their untimely deaths gave much perspective to the Montague and Capulet families and united the feuding households.

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Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson

Rose and Jack, they are from different worlds but nothing can keep these two unlikely lovers apart, not even the impending catastrophe as the Titanic plunges to its watery resting ground, inevitably taking Jack with it. Upon Rose’s rescue, she states her name as Rose Dawson and years later, forfeits a priceless jewel – the Heart of the Ocean to her one true love.

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Odysseus and Penelope

A story of sacrifice, the love between Odysseus and Penelope is one of the most famous tales in Greek mythology. After the pair were torn apart, it would be 20 years before they were reunited. Penelope kept 108 suitors at bay while her husband went to war and Odysseus demonstrated equal devotion to his wife by refusing a sorceress who offered him everlasting love and eternal youth. And the moral to the story? That true love is worth waiting for.

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