The Royal Family of England traces its history back many centuries. They remain an object of interest and fascination to the world today.
Asked in Royal Family, Elizabeth II
Who are the children of Queen Elizabeth II?
On 19th November, 1947 The Princess Elizabeth, as she was then, married Philip Mountbatten (date of birth 10th June 1921), a prince of Greece and Denmark who was later created Duke of Edinburgh. Their children are: Charles Philip Arthur George born 14th November, 1948. His Royal Highness Prince Charles is the heir apparent (i.e. next in line) to the throne and is Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and, in Scotland, Duke of Rothesay. Anne Elizabeth Louise born 15th August 1950. Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne is currently eleventh in line to the throne and her formal title is "The Princess Royal." Andrew Albert Christian Edward born 19th February 1960. His Royal Highness the Duke of York (his present title) is currently fifth in line of succession to the Throne. Edward Antony Richard Louis born 10th March 1964. His Royal Highness the Prince Edward was created Earl of Wessex in 1999, on the occasion of his marriage to Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones. He is currently eighth in line of succession.
Asked by Hugh Luettgen in Royal Family, England
Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the royal family?
Prince Harry and Meghan quit their roles as senior royals primarily because they wanted to be financially independent and because of their frustration with their treatment in British tabloids. From Harry’s statements, it seems they were envisioning a rather loose arrangement in which their lives weren’t publicly funded, but they could still partake in charity activities as emissaries of the queen. Instead, the break from Buckingham Palace seems to be a rather harsh one. Their exact roles and titles are still in flux, but what is for sure is that they’re no longer allowed to use the highly-exclusive “His Royal Highness” or “Her Royal Highness” titles, and Harry will also give up his military titles.
Asked in Elizabeth I, Royal Family
Can the royal family be arrested?
The Queen her self can not be arrested, she is in a way above the law in the UK. Hence the saying "Doing time at her majesty's pleasure" - The Queen can also not be judged by a judge in the UK, Nor be arrested by the police, since the police serve the Queen. In order for the Queen to be arrested there would have to be an act of parliament changing the constitution in the UK, possibly abolishing the monarchy. As for the rest of the Royal family, they are all not immune to the law and can face arrest for a crime like anyone else. Although, The Duke of York is said to have dabbled in illegal activities in the past, as well as his ex wife, although always publicized and under criticism he has tended to avoid arrest because of his mother. It would always help to have a powerful relative.
Asked in Monarchy, Royal Family
Where is the home of the British Monarch?
Technically, the official residence of the British Monarch is St James' Palace, London. However, no monarch has resided there for over 200 years. The official London residence is Buckingham Palace, while Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse act as the official county and Scotland residences respectively. Queen Elizabeth II also can reside at four private residences: Sandringham House, Balmoral Castle, Craigowan Lodge and Delnadamph Lodge.
Asked in History of England, Monarchy, Royal Family, England
Who was the first King or Queen of England?
The first king to rule all of England as king was Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great. His forebears were kings of Wessex, to which they attached Kent; it was Athelstan who united Mercia and Northumbria to Wessex to create the united English kingdom. However, there are a few tricky points of terminology: Athelstan's title was "king of the English", not "king of England". Same thing really, but the first to be king of the English land rather than of the English people was Henry II. Before there was a single kingdom, several rulers had be accepted as overlord over all the English kings. Among those was Alfred the Great's grandfather Egbert, king of Wessex, and before him Offa, King of Mercia House of Wessex: Egbert Athelwulf Athelbald Athelbert Ethelred I Alfred (the Great) Edward (the Elder) Athelstan *First King of ALL England* Edmund I (the Elder, the Deed-Doer) Eadred Eadwig Edgar (the Peaceable) St Edward (the Martyr) Ethelred II (the Unready) House of Denmark: Swen (Forkbeard) House of Wessex Ethelred II (restored) Edmund II (Ironside) House of Denmark Cnut the Great (Canute) Harold I (Harefoot) Harthacnut House of Wessex (restored) St Edward (The Confessor) Harold II Edgar II (the Atheling) House of Normandy: William I (the Bastard, the Conqueror) William II (Rufus) Henry I (Beauclerk) Stephen I (of Blois) or the Empress Mathilda (Maud) House of Plantaganet: Henry II (FitzEmpress, Curtmantle) (Henry the Young King, briefly co-king with his father, Henry II) Richard I (the Lionheart) John (Lackland) Henry III Edward I (Longshanks) Edward II Edward III Richard II House of Lancaster: Henry IV (Bolingbroke) Henry V Henry VI House of York: Edward IV House of Lancaster (restored) Henry VI (restored) House of York (restored) Edward IV (restored) Edward V Richard III House of Tudor: Henry VII Henry VIII Edward VI Jane Mary I (Bloody Mary) Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen) House of Stuart James I & VI Charles I The Commonwealth The House of Stuart (restored) Charles II James II House of Stuart/House of Orange Mary II & William III House of Orange William III House of Stuart Anne House of Hanover George I George II George III George IV William IV Victoria House of Sax-Coburg-und-Gotha Edward VII George V House of "Windsor" George V Edward VIII George VI Elizabeth II
Asked in Royal Family, Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria
Who was Queen Victoria's husband?
Queen Victoria's husband was her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Victoria's mother and Albert's father were brother and sister. Albert and Victoria's common uncle Leopold (who was King of Belgium) thought that they would make a good pair. Because Leopold was like a father to Victoria she agreed to meet with Albert and his elder brother Ernest when they were all teenagers. Several years later Leopold wanted Albert to visit England again, and Victoria gave in. During this trip Victoria fell in love with Albert and proposed to Albert.