Windsor Arms

The House of Windsor came into being in 1917, when King George V, formerly of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, concerned that his Germanic sounding surname would alienate his British subjects at the height of German xenophobia during World War I, changed the name of his dynasty to the more English sounding Windsor. Declaring at a meeting of the Privy Council on 17th July 1917, that 'all descendants in the male line of Queen Victoria, who are subjects of these realms, other than female descendants who marry or who have married, shall bear the name of Windsor'. The name Windsor has long been associated with the English monarchy through its connections with Windsor Castle.

The House of Windsor has produced four British sovereigns, George V (1910-1936), his son Edward VIII (1936) , who abdicated the throne to marry the twice divorced American Wallis Warfield Simpson in favour of his brother George VI (1936-52) and the present Queen, Elizabeth II.

House of Windsor

In 1960, the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh came to the joint decision that they would prefer their direct descendants to be distinguished from the rest of the Royal Family (without changing the name of the Royal House), declaring in the Privy Council that 'The Queen's descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess, would bear the surname of Mountbatten-Windsor'.

This section not only covers the monarchs of the House of Windsor but also contains biographies on the Queen's children, grandchildren and extended family, the Gloucesters and the Kents.

Monarch   Reign Married
Edward VII b.1841
son of
Albert of
&Queen Victoria
Alexandra of Denmark
George V b.1865
son of-
&Alexandra of Denmark
Mary of Teck
Edward VIII ; b.1894
son of-
George V
&Mary of Teck
Wallis Warfield Simpson
George VI b.1895
son of-
George V
& Mary of Teck
Lady Elizabeth
Bowes Lyon
Elizabeth II b.1926
daughter of-
George VI
&Elizabeth Bowes-
Phillip Mountbatten,
Duke of Edinburgh

Charles, Prince of Wales Diana,
Princess of Wales
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Prince William
Duchess of Cambridge
Prince George of Cambridge Princess Charlotte of Cambridge Prince Louis of Cambridge
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Archie Mountbatten Windsor Andrew, Duke of York
Princess Beatrice
of York
Princess Eugenie
of York
Earl of Wessex
Princess Royal
Sandringham House Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel
The House of Windsor genealogy