House of Windsor Family Tree

The House of Windsor Family Tree – beginning with George V and Mary of Teck, all the way to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Watch Wedding Day Footage of Elizabeth ii’s Parents

Silent newsreel footage of the wedding day of The Duke of York (later King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) as they travel to and from Westminster Abbey for the ceremony.

by Bassano, 26 April 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Bassano Ltd, vintage print, 26 April 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London

This Day in History: 9 July

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1540 – King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1553 – Lady Jane Grey, daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, is proclaimed queen of England in succession to Edward VI, who died three days earlier having proclaimed both his half-sisters illegitimate. She reigned for nine days before being deposed by Mary Tudor, who had Jane executed the following February.

1553 – Bishop Ridley announced at the pulpit that both Mary and Elizabeth Tudor were bastards.

1572 – 19 Catholic priests hanged in Gorcum

1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlie’s “Elisabeth” battles with HMS Lion – for more, click here.

1877 – First Wimbeldon tournament begins

1900 – Queen Victoria give Royal Assent to an Act creating Australia thus uniting separate colonies on the continent under one federal government.

Wedding_of_Princess_Elizabeth_and_Philip_Mountbatten,_Duke_of_Edinburgh_photo1947 UK Princess Elizabeth 9th July 1947 : Princess Elizabeth the future Queen of England announces her engagement to Lt. Philip Mountbatten

1984 UK Wing of York Minster Gutted By Fire 9th July 1984 : A 760-year-old wing of York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Britain, was gutted by a fierce fire started by lightning. A rescue party save most of the historic and valuable artifacts from the burning cathedral including tapestries and silver candlesticks.
These Bells are still rung by hand and the sound is stunning.




This Day in History: 20 June

1557 – Paul IV named William Peto to replace Reginald Pole in England, but Mary refused to allow Pole to return to Rome or Peto to become legate.

Pope Paul_IV
Pope Paul_IV

Reginald Pole was of the strong Plantagenet family – of the House of York.  His mother was Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. Margaret was the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence and Isabel (Neville), Duchess of Clarence. She was also niece to King Edward lV and Richard lll. (More info to come on Margaret)

Cardinal Reginald Pole
Cardinal Reginald Pole

1837 – Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV on June 20.

William lV ascended to the throne when he was roughly sixty-five years old.  His reign was six days short of seven years. William had no surviving legitimate heirs and so he named his niece, Princess Victoria as his heir.

(c) Mark Masons' Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Mark Masons’ Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Queen Victoria was the last monarch to reign from the House of Hanover. She reigned for an amazing sixty-three years. In 1901, after the queen’s passing, her son, Edward Vll ascended to the British throne.

Sir George Hayter’s coronation portrait for the Queen
The Coronation of Queen Victoria by Hayter