Who are the kings & queens on playing cards?

Do the kings, queens and jacks in a deck of cards represent specific people?
Well… Sometimes…
kingcharles

queens

Examples above scanned from
Playing Cards The History and Secrets of the Pack, by W. Gurney Benham.

 

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The theme music is “Scully’s  Reel/Mrs.McCloud’s/Cooley’s Reel” by the band Slánte from their Album Cup of Tea and is used under a Creative Commons share-alike license.

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