We have decided to run down the most famous couples in history. Although these couples lived in different eras, they are linked by their enduring popularity.
From royal couples like Prince Charles and Lady Diana to lovers-cum-robbers Bonnie and Clyde, this list has some of the best-known relationships in history.
You just might learn a lesson or two from these relationships to improve your relationship. Or, you can soak up in all the drama and romance that surrounded the world’s most famous couples.
Adam and Eve
According to the Bible, it is only fair that we start off the list with what is Earth’s First Couple. Adam and Eve had it all — the beautiful Garden of Eden, abundant food, and pristine rivers to soak in.
But like modern have-it-all couples, Adam and Eve had their own troubles.
According to Biblical traditions, the Devil tricked Eve into eating the Forbidden Fruit, and she, in turn, convinced her husband, Adam, into eating it as well. God appeared shortly after, and Adam blamed Eve for tricking him into eating the fruit. Not that God listened; he banished the couple from the Garden (and added a few punishments for effect). They eventually settled down to bear children and live what we assume was a content life later on. So you see, even divinely ordained couples have issues. Don’t fret if your relationship runs into difficulties.
Bonnie and Clyde
The story of Bonnie and Clyde has inspired countless movies, hit songs, and books.
The original partners in crime, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, put America in a frenzy with a string of daredevil bank robberies in the 1930s. Their luck eventually runs out on May 23, 1934, when they died in a shootout. Decades after their death, the memory of Bonnie and Clyde continues to endure in pop culture.
What can we say: a couple that robs together stays together.
Cleopatra and Julius Caesar
She was the dashing Egyptian princess, and he the all-conquering Emperor of Rome — Cleopatra and Julius Caesar might have been the first power couple. Caesar and Cleopatra’s relationship was filled with passion, political intrigue, and all the elements of a medieval romance. When Ptolemy stole the Egyptian throne from Cleopatra, Caesar used his power to help his girl regain her position as Egypt’s supreme ruler.
Cleopatra’s relationship with Julius Caesar continued until his officials in Rome stabbed him. Afterward, she returned with the couple’s son, Caesarion, to Egypt.
Upon her arrival, Cleopatra hooked up with Mark Anthony, another Roman big-shot. That particular love story also had its own fair share of drama; you can say Cleopatra was the OG drama queen.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana
Finally, a modern couple that the oldest of us can still remember. Prince Charles and Lady Diana married on July 29, 1981, in what’s often called the most popular TV program broadcast. Although they had a child together, their relationship was tumultuous, to put things mildly.
They had a separation in 1996, which attracted public attention owing to their status as royals. And Princess Diana would later die in a tragic car crash in 1997. As with some of the most famous couples in history, Charles and Diana’s story has been featured in several books, movies, and documentaries.
Barack and Michelle Obama
One of the most iconic couples today, Barack and Michelle Obama, married in 1992. They had met at the Sidney Austin LLP, a law firm where both worked. Barack Obama got elected into the US Senate in 2004, at which point the couple had two kids — Malia and Sasha.
He would later become US President in 2008, making the Obamas the first Black couple to stay in the White House. Obama left office in 2016 after serving two successful terms as POTUS. Together, the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary a year later. We guess the lesson here is never to rule out your co-workers when searching for a partner. You might be the next Obama, but at least you’ll find the love of your life.
We have come to the end of our review of the most famous couples in history. By now, you can see that there are no perfect relationships. A lasting union is only possible when both partners love unconditionally, show understanding, and remain committed.
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