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The Monarchy of UK & Commonwealth IS GERMAN!

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms is German from a house called “Saxe-Coburg and Gotha”

House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is a German dynasty, the line of the Saxon House of Wettin that ruled the Ernestine duchies including the duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Founded by Ernest Anton, the sixth duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, it is the royal house of several European monarchies, and branches currently reign in Belgium through the descendants of Leopold I, and in the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms through the descendants of Prince Albert. Due to anti-German sentiment in the United Kingdom during World War I, George V changed the name of his branch from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor in 1917. The same happened in Belgium where it was changed to “van België” (Dutch) or “de Belgique” (French)

The first duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was Ernest I, who reigned from 1826 until his death in 1844. He had previously been Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (as Ernest III) from 1806 until the duchy was reorganized in 1826. Ernst’s younger brother Leopold became King of the Belgians in 1831, and his descendants continue to serve as Belgian head of state. Léopold’s only daughter, Princess Charlotte of Belgium, was the consort of Maximilian I of Mexico, known as the Empress Carlota of Mexico, in the 1860s. Ernst’s nephew Ferdinand married Queen Maria II of Portugal, and his descendants continued to rule Portugal until that country became a republic in 1910.

House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Ernst I’s second son, Prince Albert (1819–1861), married Queen Victoria in 1840, and thus is the progenitor of the United Kingdom’s current royal family, called Windsor since 1917. In 1826, a cadet branch of the house inherited the Hungarian princely estate of Koháry, and converted to Roman Catholicism. Its members managed to marry an imperial princess of Brazil, an archduchess of Austria, a royal princess of “the French”, a royal princess of Belgium and a royal princess of Saxony. A scion of this branch, also named Ferdinand, became Prince, and then Tsar, of Bulgaria, and his descendants continued to rule there until 1946. The current head of the House of Bulgaria, the former Tsar Simeon II who was deposed and exiled after World War II, goes by the name Simeon Sakskoburggotski and served as Bulgaria’s prime minister from 2001 to 2005.

British Royal Family Tree

British Royal Family Tree

The ducal house consisted of all male-line descendents of John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld legitimately born of an equal marriage, males and females (the latter until their marriage), their wives in equal and authorised marriages, and their widows until remarriage. According to the House law of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the full title of the Duke was:

Wir, Ernst, Herzog zu Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Jülich, Cleve und Berg, auch Engern und Westphalen, Landgraf in Thüringen, Markgraf zu Meißen, gefürsteter Graf zu Henneberg, Graf zu der Mark und Ravensberg, Herr zu Ravenstein und Tonna usw.

We, Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Jülich, Cleves and Berg, also Angria and Westphalia, Landgrave in Thuringia, Margrave of Meissen, Princely Count of Henneberg, Count of the Mark and Ravensberg, Lord of Ravenstein and Tonna, et cetera.

British Royal Family Tree

British Royal Family Tree

There were two official residences, in Gotha and Coburg. Therefore, the whole ducal court, including the Court Theater, had to move twice a year: from Gotha to Coburg for the summer and from Coburg to Gotha for the winter.[2] For the Court Theater, two almost identical buildings had to be built in 1840 in Gotha (destroyed in the Second World War) and Coburg (now the Coburg State Theater) and thereafter maintained at the same time. In addition to the residential castles, Friedenstein in Gotha and Ehrenburg in Coburg, the Ducal family also used the Schloss Reinhardsbrunn in Gotha as well as the Rosenau and Callenberg Castles in Coburg and the hunting lodge Greinburg Castle, Grein, Austria.

Quotes and Comments Attributed to Prince Philip

Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is quite famous for making some rather embarrassing and funny comments. This is a list of some of his own words, and comments attributed to Prince Philip:

Are you Indian or Pakistani? I can never tell the difference between you chaps. At Washington Embassy reception for Commonwealth members.

British women can’t cook; they are very good at decorating food and making it attractive. Addressing mainly female audience at Scottish Rural Women’s Institute Display in 1966.

Do you still throw spears at each other? To Australian Aborigines, during a visit to Queensland, 2002.

I don’t think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing. Speech in December 1988, dismissing claims that those who sell slaughtered meat have greater moral authority than those who participate in blood sports.

In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation. In August 1988, in an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur

I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus. In 1987, he wrote in his foreword to a book  “If I Were an Animal” – UK, Robin Clark Ltd.

So you’re responsible for the kind of crap Channel Four produces! Speaking to then chairman of the channel, Michael Bishop, in 1962

Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf. To group of deaf children standing next to Jamaican steel drum band, on visit to new National Assembly for Wales, 1999.

When a man opens the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car of a new wife. March 1988.

Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which I have practiced for a good many years. Address to General Dental Council, quoted in Time November 21, 1960.

Can you tell the difference between them? On being told by President Obama that he’d had breakfast with the leaders of the UK, China and Russia

People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have even been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans. In 2000

How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test. To Scottish driving instructor, 1995.

Tolerance is the one essential ingredient … You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance. His recipe for a successful marriage, during celebrations for their golden wedding anniversary, November 1997.

If it has got four legs and is not a chair, if it has two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it. Commenting on Chinese eating habits to World Wildlife Fund conference in 1986.

Brazilians live there. On key problems facing Brazil

You have mosquitos. I have the Press. To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean

Ghastly. Commenting on Beijing, China, during 1986 official visit there.

Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. At the height of the recession in 1981.

If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed. To British students in China during Royal visit there in 1986.

It looks as if it was put in by an Indian. Pointing at an old-fashioned fuse box while on a tour of a factory near Edinburgh.

Bloody silly fool! Referring to a Cambridge University car park attendant who failed to recognize him, 1997.

Aren’t most of you descended from pirates? To islander in the Cayman Islands, 1994.

You managed not to get eaten, then. To student who had been trekking in Papua New Guinea in 1998, suggesting Papuan tribes people were still cannibals.

Aren’t there any male supervisors? This is a nanny city. In San Francisco on meeting five city officials – all of whom were female.

People usually say that after a fire it’s the water damage that’s the worst. We’re STILL trying to dry out Windsor castle. To grieving residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, during a 1993 visit after a plane exploded and crashed into the town, killing everyone on board and several people on the ground (and shortly after a fire swept through one wing of Windsor Castle).

We don’t come here for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves. On Canada.

You can’t have been here that long, you haven’t got a potbelly. To a Briton residing in Hungary, 1993.

You were playing your instruments weren’t you? Or do you have tape recorders under your seats? Congratulating a school band on their performance in Australia.

You are a woman, aren’t you? In Kenya in 1984, after accepting a gift from an indigenous woman.

If you gave a seven-year-old a brush and paints he’d produce something like that. In The Sudan, after viewing some of the paintings housed in the country’s ethnic museum.

I would like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family. In 1967, asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union.

What do you gargle with – pebbles? To singer Tom Jones, after 1969 Royal Variety Performance.

I never see any home cooking – all I get is fancy stuff. Remark in 1962 taken as a slight against Buckingham Palace chefs, and later had to be qualified.

All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury. May 1963.

We live in what virtually amounts to a museum – which does not happen to a lot of people. February 1964.

It’s a pleasant change to be in a country that isn’t ruled by its people. To Alfredo Stroessner, the Paraguayan dictator.

You look like you’re ready for bed! To the President of Nigeria, dressed in traditional robes

The problem with London is the tourists. They cause the congestion. If we could just stop tourism, we could stop the congestion. On the London Traffic Debate

The best thing to do with a degree is to forget it. At the University of Salford.

Where did you get the hat? To his wife, the Queen, after her coronation

Any bloody fool can lay a wreath at the thingamy. Discussing his role in an interview with Jeremy Paxman.

Young people are the same as they always were. They are just as ignorant. At the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

You must be out of your minds. To Solomon Islanders, on being told that their population growth was 5 per cent a year, in 1982.

Who are you? Simon Kelner: “I’m the editor-in-chief of The Independent, Sir.” “What are you doing here?” “You invited me.” “Well, you didn’t have to come!” An exchange at a press reception to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Warning: Some of these Quotes are Dubiously and may not be said by HRH Prince Philip.