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June 20, 1917 - British Royal Family Dispenses with German Titles, Changing Family Surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

Pictured - King George V, Queen Mary, and the rest of the re-invented Windsor family.

The dog which Americans call the German Shephard was renamed the Alsation in Britain during World War One, when all mentions of Germany became a faux pas. Thus it was awkward that the royal family itself was of a German house - Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The German duchy had furnished its fair share of relatives to the European thrones, not only in Britain, but also in Bulgaria, Belgium, Portugal. George V was Queen Victoria’s grandson; the Kaiser was his cousin.

This, of course, was an unwelcome relation after 1914, and in June 1917 George decided to be rid of the cumbersome surname and the unwanted family ties. In a measure of solidarity and as an anti-German display, he and the royal family renounced their German titles and changed the name of their house to Windsor.

Vintage Postcard with the images of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (née Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria, the niece of Empress Elisabeth of Austria) and her husband King Albert I of Belgium

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Queen Marie of Romania with her daughter in law, Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark and her grandson, Michael of Romania (later King Michael I of Romania)

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“Perhaps it was easier to believe that she did not love us, and we had each other. Now, you have Victoria and she will never leave you. Do you know how much I envy you? And how I will miss you?” 

My history crush is King Albert I of Belgium. 

In October of 1900 when he was still a Prince he married Queen Elisabeth (a Duchess in Bavaria) They had three kids together. One, Princess Marie José, being another gem of history. He would have a very long and happy marriage. He had great love for his family and was a devoted father. He lived his life humbly and simple. 

He defended his country through the German invasion during the Great War and was at the frontline for his people. He didn’t give up or sue for peace which I think is badass. He also tried to understand society by founding out things for himself. He went to Belgian Congo and tried to improve conditions for natives. He also didn’t ignore the signs for war and tried to make his army ready but ran out of time.

He died during a mountain climbing accident, sadly doing something he liked, in 1934. 

(You could basically say the entire family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha facial hair IS GODLIKE)