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Interesting Royal Facts

Henry I had the most illegitimate children. (21!)

Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch.(63 years, 216 days)

The behavior of the current generation of Royals is not nearly as bad as past members of the family.

Princess Diana made American people interested in the Windsors.

It wasn't until the 19th Century that one leader ruled all of England.

Many apparently old British royal traditions have been created in recent times.

The Order of Chivalry ariginated during Medievil times.

Honors today are based on merit for service or achievement.

Diana had American ancestry and stronger English roots than P.Charles!

Egbert of Wessex was the first King of ALL England.

The first ruler of United England was King Edgar.

William I's enforcement of Norman-atyle laws and the feudal syatem made England a safer and better organizes country.

Richard the Lionheart only spent 7 MONTHS of his 10 YEAR reign in England, but he used the country to finance overseas exploits.

Edward II was condemned to death by his wife and her lover!

Decapitation and disembowling were among the favorite methods of execution in medievil England.(yipes!)

At the time of their marriage, Richard II's second wife, Isabella of France, was only 8 years old!

When Henry VI suffered from bouts of madness, his wife, Margaret of Anjou, fought his battles for him.(you go girl!)

Henry VIII reigned from 1509-1547, and anyone who crossed him was threatened with execution.

Charles II was a Catholic who pretended to be Protestant in order to hold onto the throne.

In 1689, the Bill of Rights transferred power from the monarchy to Parliament.

On July 17,1917 The Royal Family changed its last name to Windsor.

Since 1993, the Queen has been paying tax on her income.

The diamond necklace that Hilary Swank wore to the Oscars was created for Royalty. It was originally made for Princess Alexandria, the daughter of Queen Victoria. (pic below)

Queen Victoria died in the arms of her grandson who happened to be Kaiser Wilhelm II.

King Charles I once had his own Feast Day in the Anglican Church, and the King Charles the Martyr Society is trying to reinstate it.

King George VI proposed to the Queen Mother FIVE times before she accepted.

Queen Elizabeth II was a truck-driver and mechanic during World War II.

After their wedding night, King James I asked his new son-in-law if his daughter had (let's say) performed well.

Adolf Hitler once called the Queen Mother "the most dangerous woman in Europe."

I got some of the above info from The Complete Idiot's Guide to British Royalty by Richard Buskin.

The Crown Jewels

St.Edward's Crown

- Made of solid gold and contains 440 semi-precious stones. It weighs just under 5 pounds. The original was destroyed during the Revolution of 1649, so this new one was made when the Monarchy was restored in 1660.

The Royal Sceptre

- Held in the Monarch's right hand during coronation contains the Star of Africa which is a 530 carat diamond. The sceptre is a symbol of regal power and justice.

The Sovereign's Orb

- This symbolizes the domination of the Christian religion.

The Ampulla and Anointing Spoon

- The Ampulla is shaped like an eagle. Holy oil is poured through it into the Annointing Spoon. The soverign is than annointed with oil.

Coronation Chair

- Made in 1301 on the orders of King Edward I. Used for the coronations of all but 2 sovereigns.

The Crowns of Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mum

- Mounted in platinum, it was made for the Queen Mum when she was made Queen Consort in 1937. It contains more than 2,800 diamonds, most taken from a circlet once belonging to Queen Victoria.

Imperial Crown of India

- Made so that George V could be crowned King Emperor in India in 1901.

Small Crown of Queen Victoria

- Worn by Queen Victoria whenever possible. Weighs 5 ounces, set in silver and gold, and contains 1,300 diamonds.

The Imperial State Crown

- Made for Queen Victoria's Coronation, contains the Second Star of Africa. It weighs about 3 pounds and is set with 3,000 precious stones. The Queen wears this crown during the State opening of Parliment.

Sucession (1-100)

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (b. 1948)
Prince William of Wales (b. 1982)
Prince Henry of Wales (b. 1984)
Prince Andrew, Duke of York (b. 1960)
Princess Beatrice of York (b. 1988)
Princess Eugenie of York (b. 1990)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (b. 1964)
Princess Anne, Princess Royal (b. 1950)
Peter Phillips (b. 1977)
Zara Phillips (b. 1981)
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (b. 1930)
David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (b. 1961)
Honourable Charles Armstrong-Jones (b. 1999)
Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (b. 1964)
Samuel Chatto (b. 1996)
Arthur Chatto (b. 1999)
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (b. 1944)
Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster (b. 1974)
Lady Davina Windsor (b. 1977)
Lady Rose Windsor (b. 1980)
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (b. 1935)
George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews (b. 1962)
Edward Windsor, Baron Downpatrick (b. 1988)
Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor (b. 1992)
Lady Amelia Windsor (b. 1995)
Lord Nicholas Windsor (b. 1970)
Lady Helen Windsor (b. 1964)
Columbus Taylor (b. 1994)
Cassius Taylor (b. 1996)
Prince Michael of Kent (b. 1942)
Lord Frederick Windsor (b. 1979)
Lady Gabriella Windsor (b. 1981)
Princess Alexandra of Kent(b. 1936)
James Ogilvy (b. 1964)
Alexander Ogilvy (b. 1996)
Flora Ogilvy (b. 1994)
Marina Ogilvy (b. 1966)
Christian Mowatt (b. 1993)
Zenouska Mowatt (b. 1990)
George Lascelles (b. 1923)
David Lascelles(b. 1950)
Alexander Lascelles (b. 1980)
Edward Lascelles (b. 1982)
James Lascelles (b. 1953)
Rowan Lascelles (b. 1977)
Tewa Lascelles (b. 1985)
Sophie Lascelles (b. 1973)
Jeremy Lascelles (b. 1955)
Thomas Lascelles (b. 1982)
Ellen Lascelles (b. 1984)
Amy Lascelles (b. 1986)
Henry Lascelles (b. 1953)
Maximilian Lascelles (b. 1991)
James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife (b. 1929)
David Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (b. 1961)
Charles Carnegie, Lord Carnegie (b. 1989)
Honourable George Carnegie (b. 1991)
Honourable Hugh Carnegie (b. 1993)
Lady Alexandra Carnegie (b. 1959)
Harald V, King of Norway (b. 1937)
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (b. 1973)
Princess Märtha of Norway (b. 1971)
Princess Ragnhild of Norway (b. 1930)
Haakon Lorentzen (b. 1954)
Olav Lorentzen (b. 1985)
Christian Lorentzen (b. 1988)
Sophia Lorentzen (b. 1994)
Ingeborg Lorentzen (b. 1957)
Victoria Ribeiro (b. 1989)
Ragnhild Lorentzen (b. 1968)
Princess Astrid of Norway(b. 1932)
Alexander Ferner (b. 1965)
Stella Ferner (b. 1998)
Carl-Christian Ferner (b. 1972)
Cathrine Johansen (b. 1962)
Sebastian Johansen (b. 1990)
Madeleine Johansen (b. 1993)
Benedikte Ferner (b. 1963)
Elisabeth Ferner (b. 1969)
Michael, King of Roumania (b. 1921)
Princess Margarita of Roumania (b. 1949)
Princess Helen of Roumania (b. 1950)
Nicholas Medforth-Mills (b. 1985)
Karina Medforth-Mills (b. 1989)
Princess Irina of Roumania (b. 1953)
Michael Kreuger (b. 1985)
Angelica Kreuger (b. 1986)
Princess Sophie of Roumania (b. 1957)
Princess Marie of Roumania (b. 1964)
Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (b. 1945)
Prince Peter of Yugoslavia (b. 1980)
Prince Philip of Yugoslavia (b. 1982)
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (b. 1982)
Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia (b. 1928)
Prince Nikolas of Yugoslavia (b. 1958)
Princess Marija of Yugoslavia (b. 1993)
Prince George of Yugoslavia (b. 1984)
Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (b. 1985)
Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia (b. 1959)
Victoria de Silva (b. 1991)