The House of Windsor at 100: the heirs


The House of Windsor is 100 on July 17th 2017. Don't expect a party, this is a low key landmark but a landmark nonetheless. On July 17th 1917, George V changed the name of his house and his family by royal proclamation. Growing anti German sentiment in World War One meant that the time of the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas was gone and the very English sounding Windsors arrived. It's been a busy century packed with fascinating royal stories. In the run up to the centenary, there will be a special blog post every day looking at the people who have made up this royal house. We've met the consorts and the monarchs and some of them appear again now as we look at their path to the throne as heirs. Welcome to the House of Windsor at 100.




Edward, heir to George V
The handsome prince who threw away a throne

Born Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David on June 23rd 1894, Richmond
Son of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George V and Queen Mary
Title at birth His Highness Prince Edward of York
Succession third in line to the throne at birth after his father and grandfather (Edward VII)
Heir to George V from moment of his accession on May 6th 1910
Created Prince of Wales on June 23rd 1910
Reigned as Edward VIII between January 20th - December 11th 1936
Title at time of death His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor




Albert, heir to Edward VIII
The unexpected king

Born Albert Frederik Arthur George on December 14th 1895, Sandringham
Son of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George V and Queen Mary
Title at birth His Highness Prince Albert of York
Succession fourth in line to the throne at birth after his grandfather, father and brother (Edward VIII)
Heir to Edward VIII from moment of his accession on January 20th 1936
Title while heir The Duke of York, created June 4th 1920 by George V
Reigned as George VI between December 11th 1936 - February 6th 1952
Title at time of death His Majesty King George VI




Elizabeth, heir to George VI
The only heir presumptive of the House of Windsor, so far

Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21st 1926, London
Daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, later George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Title at birth Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York
Succession third in line to the throne at birth behind her uncle (Edward VIII) and father (George VI)
Heir presumptive to George VI from the moment of his accession on December 11th 1936
Titles while heir HRH The Princess Elizabeth, later HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh
Reign began on February 6th 1952 when she ascended the throne as Elizabeth II




Charles, heir to Elizabeth II
The longest serving heir in British history

Born Charles Philip Arthur George, born November 14th 1948, London
Son of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, later Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Title at birth His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Edinburgh
Succession second in line to the throne at birth behind his mother (Elizabeth II)
Heir to Elizabeth II from the moment of her accession on February 6th 1952
Created Prince of Wales on July 26th 1958
Became longest serving heir in British history in April 2011

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