Friday, 19 February 2016

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Waiting in the wings

There's something of a log-jam at the moment, with E2 close to breaking records for longevity and reign. Charles is famously eager to take the throne and would not be disappointed if his mum stood down in his favour, as has happened in other European royal families.
The birth of a new 4th-in-line (unnamed at the time of writing) sister to George makes this a good time to list the queue:
  1. First in line is Charles Philip Arthur George (the putative C3), son of E2
    Married Diana Spencer in 1981 and had two sons, William (b. 1982) and Harry (b.1984). Divorced in 1996 and married Camilla Parker Bowles in ? (no issue).
  2. Then comes William Arthur Philip Louis, son of Charles and Diana. He would become Bill5.
    He married Kate Middleton in 2011 and they have two children, George (b. 2013) and his unnamed sister (b. 2015)
  3. And third is George Alexander Louis, son of William and Kate. He would be the seventh George.
The Daily Telegraph kindly diagrammed the Line of Succession today and I'll try to get a scan. This link is to their web page and the image right is from that page showing a barely readable version of the diagram.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II


House / Group: Windsor
Born / died: 
1926-
Reign: 
1952-date

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Daughter of George VI
Full name Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Married Prince Philipos (now Philip) of Greece and Denmark (a 3rd cousin) in 1947 and had 4 children (Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward)


Thursday, 13 October 2011

George VI

George VI



House / Group: Windsor
Born / died: 
1895-1952
Reign: 
1936-1952


Second son of George V
Married  Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 and had  2 children (Elizabeth and Margaret)
Reluctantly became king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated
His name was really Albert, but he chose to become George VI, in honour of his father and because Victoria had stated that there should not be a King Albert.
Buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.



Edward VIII

Edward VIII



House / Group: Windsor
Born / died: 
1894-1972
Reign: 
1936-1936


First son of George V
Abdicated to marry divorcee, Wallis Simpson (after a series of relationships with other married women). They had no children, although it has been suggested that Edward fathered a son by Australian  Mollee Little.
Buried at Frogmore, near Windsor Castle. Wallis was buried beside him when she died in 1986.Second image of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, taken in 1955 by Dorothy Wilding.



George V

George V



House / Group: Windsor (see note 1)
Born / died: 
1865-1936
Reign: 
1919-1936


The eldest surviving son of Edward VII (elder Albert died before his father)
Married Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (who had previously been engaged to his brother Albert) in 1893 and had  6 children (Edward (VIII)], Albert (who became George VI), Mary, Henry, George, John)
Buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Note 1: The change of House name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor was made in 1917, during the First World War, in the reign of George V, because the former was considered too Germanic.

Edward VII

Edward VII



House / Group: Saxe-Coburg (see note 2)
Born / died: 
1841-1910
Reign: 
1901-1910


The eldest son of Victoria and Albert, christened Albert Edward
Married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1862 and had 6 children (Albert, George (V), Louise, Victoria, Maud, John)
An active Freemason, Edward also had a string of mistresses throughout his adult life.
Buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Note 2: Victoria was the last British monarch from the House of Hanover, her son Edward VII shifted the line to Albert's Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, but not for long, see George V on the subsequent image makeover.