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Why the British Royal Family Changed Their Name During WWI

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Why the British Royal Family Changed Their Name During WWI

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In Britain, the Great War brings suspicion to all things German ? including the British Royal family. In a bid to mend their image, the Royals change their German name to a more English one: Windsor.

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Monarchies surrounding Britain were falling fast in 1918, and King George V knew he needed to rebrand if he wanted to hold onto his throne. He changed the family name from the German "Saxe-Coburg and Gotha" to the quintessentially British "Windsor," and then sent his children out into the world to win over the hearts and minds of the British public. Thanks to newly released diaries and letters of the king's children, we go behind the royal facade to reveal secrets and untold family dramas.

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