June 1 marks the end of the Napoleonic dynasty. Not at Waterloo or in the Franco-Prussian War but in the Anglo-Zulu War.
Yes, on June 1, 1879, the reckless “Napoleon IV”, great-nephew of “the” Napoleon and son of the hapless Napoleon III, died fighting bravely for the British in southern Africa.
I feel sorry for the chap; it would be a hard legacy to live up to. But for all its troubles the world was and is better off without any claimants to the French imperial throne.