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Offline TimM

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Re: Change of name to Windsor in 1917
« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2014, 05:12:17 PM »
The change of name was because the old one was too German.  However, they didn't do it until three years into the war.  What took them so long?
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Re: Change of name to Windsor in 1917
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2014, 11:15:31 AM »
Anti-German sentiment had been growing throughout the Empire during the war years, but it reached its peak in March of 1917 by two major events.  First a heavy German aircraft which bore the unfortunate name of Gotha G. IV, began bombing London directly.  Second, on 15 March Nicholas II abdicated the Russian throne which raised the potential of the eventual abolition of all the monarchies of Europe. 

The King and his family were finally convinced to abandon all titles held under the German Crown and to change German titles and house names to Anglo versions. On 17 July 1917, George V issued the royal proclamation which formally established the House and Family of Windsor.

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Re: Change of name to Windsor in 1917
« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2014, 04:16:44 PM »
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The King and his family were finally convinced to abandon all titles held under the German Crown and to change German titles and house names to Anglo versions. On 17 July 1917, George V issued the royal proclamation which formally established the House and Family of Windsor.

Better to be safe than sorry, I guess.
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