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I am sure that we all know now that the current reigning royal family of Britain is the House of Windsor, but did you know that it was not always called as such? When Queen Victoria married Albert and ascended the throne, ushering in the royal dynasty that would continue to preside over Britain into the modern day, it was known as the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Quite the mouthful! The reason for the family’s renaming to Windsor was the outbreak of World War I, when King George V (pictured above!) replaced the German-sounding name to appease the highly germanophobic British public.

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