The new Henry III grew to be a man, but not a very strong king. Fortunately for the Spoon and Crock Pot Killing Tomorrow’s Trophies Today Club Christmas gift shirt, sweater moreover I love this family, though not for the Welsh, Scots, or Jews, his son, Edward, was one of the kick-assiest medieval princes/kings there were. As the king’s son, he successfully put down a real threat to his father’s crown, then as King Edward I, ramped up the power. In turn, his son, Edward II was weak. The luck here was Edward II’s queen was one tough cookie, who removed her husband from the throne and secured it for their son, Edward III. This is the king where all the medieval chivalry stuff comes from. Also, once he came of age, he made sure his mother and her lover paid the price. The next hundred years were cousins fighting over the crown. As part of this familial fighting, a little known descendant of William, his 11-x-Great-grandson ended the cousin wars in battle. The first Tudor king, Henry VII. Henry’s daughter Margaret Tudor married into the Scottish ruling Stewart family by marrying James IV, King of Scots, so that when the Tudor line ended, the Stewarts assumed the English throne with James I (VI of Scotland). This Hanoverian branch of the family held the throne until 1901, when Victoria died. Victoria’s husband, Albert, was a German too, the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas. Their son, Edward VII, wasn’t king very long. About 9 years. But he did help initiate the Entente Cordial, which led to the alliances that won the two world wars. Despite surviving the anti-monarchist movements in Europe, the monarchy was proving to be stale. First Edward VII, then his son, George V (William’s 25-x-great-grandson, still in it!), changed that. More adaptation. Pomp and circumstance! The people loved it. They reinvigorated and reinvented the monarchy for a modern world and it stuck. Sometimes, though, even the best efforts begin to wear thin. The post-WWII world was very different than the early 20th Century. Though George V’s son, George VI, was popular, as was his daughter, the current Queen (William’s 27-x-great-granddaughter), there were some perceived anachronisms in the new world. In the early 1950s, the new Queen’s husband, Prince Philip took on a new role – He went to work at modernising everything. More adaptation. From modernising the palaces, getting rid of old fashioned activities (he would even cook his own meals), focusing on public engagements and charities, he made the monarchy relevant again.
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