House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

On the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 the royal house took the Germanic surname of her consort Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. King Edward VII, who reigned until 1910, was to become the only sovereign of that dynasty to reign in Britain.

The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha descended in the male line from the Wettin family, German Prince-Electors of Saxony, the earliest traceable member of the House of Wettin was Thiedericus who died in 982, who was probably based in the Liesgau. Its earliest known ancestors pushed the frontier of Germany eastward into formerly Slav territory. They acquired their name from their castle on the bank of the Saale river.

At the height of World War I, when German xenophobia had reached boiling point, Edward VII's son, King George V (1910- 1936) changed the family name to the more English sounding House of Windsor.

Members of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha occupied the thrones of other European countries, including Belgium, Portugal and Bulgaria.

Monarch   Reign Married
Queen Victoria b.1819
daughter of-
Edward Duke of Kent
& Victoire of
Albert of
Edward VII b.1841
son of
Albert of
&Queen Victoria
Alexandra of Denmark

The Family of
Queen Victoria

Victoria, Princess
Alice, Grand
Duchess of Hesse
Alfred, Duke
of Edinburgh
Princess Helena
Princess Louise,
Duchess of Argyll
Arthur, Duke
of Connaught
Leopold, Duke
of Albany
Beatrice, Princess
of Battenberg
Haemophilia in the
descendants of
Queen Victoria
Grandchildren of
Queen Victoria

Albert Victor, Duke
of Clarence
Albert Victor and
'Jack the Ripper'
Louise, Duchess
of Fife

Princess Victoria Maud, Queen
of Norway
Osborne House Sandringham House St. George's Chapel
Genealogical Tables
Article on Prince Albert Victor and the supposed 'Jack the Ripper claims'