Why did the British Royal Family change its name to Windsor? (Short Animated Documentary)

In 1917 the British Royal Family changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha to Windsor. So why did it do that and why did it change its name to Windsor and not something else? To find out watch this short and simple animated history documentary.

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  1. In a similar move, everyone with the last name Hitler changed it post-WWII.
    The one that gets me is Bobett. Wasn't even her family's name, it was his. Although I guess you wouldn't want to be associated with either side of that incident.

  2. When I was in high school in 1984 in suburban New York, I knew a girl whose last name was Louis and was pronounced the French way. She said that the name had been German but because of the war had been changed and was pronounced in the French way. In the USA as a whole the name frankfurter & Vienna sausage was changed to hot dog because of WWI as well.

  3. The Battenburgs (briefly mentioned) changed their surname to Mountbatten at the same time. Queen Elizabeth II married into that family when she married Prince Phillip but she retained the Windsor surname.

  4. Yes, we would not want the nation of (French-German) Normans and (German-German) Anglo-Saxons who colonized the British-Welsh-Cornish-Scots to think the figurehead royal is German.

  5. funny the germans did take over england rather then the french. not having watched this if i understand things right. old ahole chruchhill hated the queen's cousin who adopted her husband. philp should of been the king of greece had things been right, but the he ended up first in germany and then in england. but it comes down to churchill hating mountbatten's head of the time and having the queen with that family name set him off. the queen lost all power and standing outside of a puppet when she let him do that.

  6. It just proves how ignorant are the British,i am glad that left the Eu another mistake and i love that are so many foreigners in uk soon there will be more Muhameds then Charles names

  7. Well, 1st all european monarchs are related 2nd British people and German people have migrated to the Brirish Isles after the Romans abandon it , you can say British people at the time are already mixed from all over europe.

  8. The last english royal house was plantagents line house of york ie. king richard iii.
    The british royal haven't been british since Scottish royal house Stuart/ Stewart via king James vi of Scotland. Who inherit his grandfather's (King James v) cousin Queen Elizabeth i english throne in 1603. (Tudor were a minor welsh royal house they had claimed to english throne,. via Margaert Beaufort who was descent from plangetagent line house Lancaster and descendant of king Edward iii. She was mother of Henry Tudor aka king Henry vii). end by king James vi of Scotland and i of England great granddaughter Queen Anne's death in 1714.. then the Throne went to Greman Royal house Hanover rather Anne's Catholic half sibling Jame (aka old pretend father of bonnie prince Charlie).

    King George v change the royal house name from his grandfather Prince Albert german royal house name Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to royal house Windsor in 1917 to sound more English during to WW1. Before Queen Victoria married prince Albert the greman/british royal were know as Royal house Hanover.

    Curret senior line of British royal house Mountbatten-windsor or Gücksburg (the descent of queen Elizabeth ii and Prince Phillip) are Greek, Danish, Greman and tad scottish and English (via queen mum)

    King Charles iii royal house should be known as Mountbatten-windsor or his father Prince Philp greek/ danish royal house Gücksburg or Mountbatten

  9. If King George V had not changed the name of his 'house' to Windsor, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of happy memory would have been the last of the Saxe-Coburg Gotha dynasty. Because in the British system the family name derives from the father, the new dynasty should be named after HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, even though he was not King. Since he had an incredibly complicated family name, it was decided that the new family name should be Mountbatten-Windsor, thus achieving (in spades!) Lord Mountbatten's aim of clearing his father's name

    Mountbatten's father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, was forced out of office as First Lord of the Admiralty because of his German background, despite a career as a totally loyal Royal Navy officer, culminating in his occupying the top job, where he had helped get the Grand Fleet on a war footing. Piling on the undeserved disgrace, he was forced to anglicise his family name to 'Mountbatten', and even his being created Marquis of Milford Haven could not compensate this broken man.

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