Re: English vs. foreign
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I thought it was because he wanted to make a career in the British Navy, and thus needed to become a British citizen and therefore needed a surname. (Nobody seems to have realized that he was already entitled to become a British citizen due to the Princess Sophia Naturalization Act.
I have always been under the impression that the choice had less to do with honouring his mother's family and more with making Philipp palatable to the British public by giving him an "English" name (even if that name's origin is still German) instead of his Greek princely title or his German dynastic name.
True. So Queen Elizabeth decided to "honour" the name of her mother-in-law's family rather than that of her father-in-law. Did that happen before in royal circles?
Some people on this board would argue that you cannot change your name, or the name of your dynasty even if you want to.
I don't agree, and nighter does Philip, course, since he chose his mother's name over his father's. But it does make it a bit interesting that he found it so important to pass his former name to his children (or decendants) when he himself discarted his paternal heritage. But we cannot always expect people to think logically.
His mother has already done so. The Royal dynasty remains the House of Windsor but the non-royal descendants of the Queen and Duke have the name Mountbatten-Windsor. So she's included the name. Be it that the only one of their descendants carrying that familyname at present is Archie.
Louise and James are technically Royal due to the LP of George V so only use Windsor. When viscount Severn has children they will be Mountbatten-Windsor as well. Quite fitting for a future Duke of Edinburgh.
Wouldn't it be a fist if Charles decided to honour his grandmother by including her family's name in the name of his dynasty?
The House remained Hannover till Victoria's death in 1901, as she was the last hannoverian reigning monarch in the UK.
Edward VII was the first monarch from the Saxe-Coburg-House, followed by his son George V until this one changed the house name to Windsor in 1917 due to anti-german feelings.
Mind you, it took him 3 years to figure out that !
What Charles will call himself is the million dollar question. Either remain Windsor or change to Windsor-Mountbatten.
When the reign of Anne ended in Britain, the House of Hanover came to the throne? Did the house remain Hanover until Victoria married Albert? What was the name after that event? Now, monarchs and their families have been calling themselves Windsors. Is that designation soon to end?
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