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Anniversary of the adoption of the surname 'Windsor', from the Castle.

On July 17, 1917, King George V changed the royal surname to "Windsor." Traditionally, the Royals didn't have a surname, and they took the name of their House, or dynastic name, from the male line. Queen Victoria — of the House of Hanover — had married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a German prince; their successors then bore the name of "Saxe-Coburg and Gotha."

But by 1917, three years into The Great War, anti-German sentiment was high and the royal family's close ties with Germany became a sore point. When German heavy aircraft called the "Gotha" began dropping bombs on London in March, Victoria and Albert's grandson, George V, made a royal proclamation, stating:

"We [...] do hereby declare [...] that as from the date [...] Our House and Family shall be [...] known as the House and Family of Windsor, and that all the descendants in the male line of Our said Grandmother Queen Victoria [...] shall bear the said Name of Windsor."

George V chose the name after Windsor Castle, which had been a royal residence for 800 years.

The German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, was also Queen Victoria's grandson. He took the news of his cousin's name change in stride, joking that he was looking forward to seeing Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

https://www.royal.uk/royal-family-name?

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Saavy political decision, and it would resultingly also take much less time to sign one’s name.

Windsor remains a royal dynasty, and Kaiser is mostly now a type of roll.

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The royals don’t sign their surname, so how long or short it is is irrelevant. William and Harry used the surname Wales whilst at school. Harry now uses Mountbatten - Windsor.

Not sure how this relates to travel!

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The royals don’t sign their surname, so how long or short it is is irrelevant. William and Harry used the surname Wales whilst at school

OK, so if time it takes to sign their names isn’t a factor, then it still takes less time and space to label their lunchboxes for school. “Wales” is even shorter than “Windsor.”

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What this has to do with travel - learning and experiencing history of a place, especially if it’s unique and not what many of us have at home, is a big reason for travel. You can now get a Coke anyplace, if you want, but royal families aren’t prevalent everywhere, by any name.

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Cyn, and one can choose a smaller lunch box if you only have to fit on the word Wales

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Mountbatten, aka Battenberg, another change to obscure German antecedents. Not that it’s of any importance whatsoever.

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Then again, with a lunchbox upholstered in purple velvet, with ermine trim and a few jewels and silver filigree, there’s probably no doubt as to whose pasties and shortbread cookies are inside.

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"Harry now uses Mountbatten - Windsor. "

He could save time signing his name if he took Hewitt as his last name instead.

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He could save time signing his name if he took Hewitt as his last name instead.

Awwww, SNAP!! :D