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Our common ancestors - English Royal family - Contents

House of Hanover

Ernest Augustus, Elector of Hanover,
mar Sophia Wittelsbach [grand-dau of James I] and had issue:

  1. George I (see here), reigned 1714-27,
    ancestor of all later monarchs.

The Royal line is the product of a series of political decisions

The present Royal family are a pretty much arbitrary selection of the millions of known, provable descendants of William the Conqueror.

To be specific, to get to the present Royal family from Edward III, the Royal line had to pass through female lines no less than 7 times. Most times the surname changed, though sometimes the wife's surname was kept. The 7 changes into female lines were:

  1. Elizabeth of York.
  2. Margaret Tudor.
  3. Mary, Queen of Scots.
  4. Elizabeth Stuart.
  5. Sophia of Hanover.
  6. Victoria.
  7. Elizabeth II.

This is a lot of female lines and name changes. For comparison:

In short, the current Royal line is the product of a series of political decisions rather than being ordained naturally by descent. Nowhere is this illustrated more clearly than in the extraordinary succession of the House of Hanover.

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