NOTES: Frederick III, Emperor of Germany; German Emperor and King of Prussia Liberal in his political views, he opposed Prince Otto von Bismark throughout the ministry of the latter. A man of learning and culture, Frederick patronized art and literature and encouraged the work of the royal museums. As Crown Prince Frederick William, he was genially called "Our Fritz" by the German people, most of whom anticipated with pleasure his accession to the throne. Frederick became ill, however, in 1887 and lived only three months after succeeding to the throne on his father's death. Reign: March 9-June 15, 1888.
NOTES: Christened: Albert Edward; called, "The Peacemaker" Reign: 1901-1910; It is not always realized that Queen Victoria was the last sovereign of the House of Hanover and King Edward VII was the first of the House of Wettin or the House of Saxony. Edward VII, in an outburst of anti-German feeling engendered by the First World War, changed the name of his "House and Family" from Wettin to Windsor in 1917. Edward gave his name to the Edwardian period.
NOTES: Towards the end of her life the Queen became almost completely deaf and suffered from mild senile dementia. She resided chiefly at Sandringham House, Norfolk, which Edward VII had purchased as Prince of Wales. In her drives about the countryside she would graciously wave and bow to the cows in the fields, the faithful Princess Victoria always in attendance.
Princess of Wales (1863-1901) Queen Alexandra (1901-1910) Queen Mother (1910-1925);
Pictures of her as a young woman show a sad, soulful look in her eyes; she walked with a limp (which was imitated by society). She is often shown in pictures wearing gobs of jewelry.
NOTES: Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence; "Eddy" He was of limited intellect, almost ineducable, and when he reached young manhood his dandyism earned him the nickname of "Prince Collar and Cuffs". His sexual proclivities were doubtful and he was believed to frequent a male brothel on Cleveland Street. He became engaged to Princess May of teck, but before the marriage could take place he succumbed to typhoid fever. Princess May was passed on as fianc©e to his younger brother George (later, George V).
NOTES: a.k.a.: Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary
NOTES: Died shortly after birth. a.k.a.: Alexander
NOTES: King George V of England; Christened: George Frederick Ernest Albert; Known as "Georgie" to the family. Debrett's Book of Royal Children list the date of death as 27 Jan. He was a very strict father. He passed away a 5 min. before midnight on 20 Jan. At age 16, George V employed a Japanese practitioner to tattoo a large blue and red dragon on his right arm. He was known as the Sailor Prince; he entered the Royal Navy in 1877 and after an active naval career and successive promotions, rose to the rank of vice admiral in 1903. The outstanding event of the reign of George V was World War I. Following England's declaration of war on Germany, the king renounced all the German titles belonging to him and his family and changed the name of the royal house to Windsor. (from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha).
NOTES: Christened: Victoria Mary Augusta Louis Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes; Known as: Princess May; After 1910, Queen Mary (The ocean liner, The Queen Mary was named after her). Queen Mary was a shy woman, whose only broadcast contact with the people of Britain or her Empire consisted of the twenty-eight words with which she christened the massive Cunard line that bore her name. But she set a social example even more formidable than that of her husband, and she molded her own family, including her grandchildren, in a most definite fashion. Known as: Mary (1867-1953); Princess May of Teck (1867-1893); Duchess of York (1893-1901); Princess of Wales (1901-1910); Queen Mary (1910-1936); Queen Mother (1936-1953)
NOTES: Prince John developed epilepsy when he was young. His condition deteriorated, and by a decision made when he had reached the age of 11, he was removed from home and taken to Wood Farm, Wolferton, near Sandringham, to be looked after exclusively by Mrs. Bill and a man servant. John died in his 14th year.
NOTES: Edward VIII, King of England; later titled as: Duke of Windsor when he abdicated the throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson. Christened: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David. Reign: 20 Jan 1936 to 11 Dec 1936. His reign was only 326 days long. Title: Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Emperor of India. He abdicated in favor of his brother, the Duke of York, who became King George VI. Edward married Mrs. Simpson in June of 1937. Because his wife was not accorded the privileges of a royal Duchess in England, the Duke of Windsor resided abroad. In 1937 he observed social and housing conditions in Germany and visited Adolf Hitler. During World War II he served as a Major General in the British Expeditionary Froce, and he was a governor of the Bahama Islands from 1940 to 1945. After the war he lived as a private British citizen, chiefly in the United States and France. At the funeral of George VI in Feb. 1952, he took part in a British royal ceremony for the first time since his abdication. The Duke wrote, "A King's Story" (1951) which was made into a film in 1967, and "Windsor Revisited" (1960). Edward was a Freemason. Tsarevich Nicholas II and his finance, Alix were the godparents at Edward's baptism. Seven different names of the Duke of Windsor: 1. Prince Edward of York 2. Prince Edward of Cornwall and York 3. Duke of Cornwall 4. Edward, Prince of Wales 5. King Edward VIII 6. Prince Edward 7. Duke of Windsor. He is famous for popularizing a fat symmetrical knot for a necktie called the Windsor knot.
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