How did the roy­als choose ‘ Wind­sor’?

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“Our house and fam­ily shall be styled and known as … Wind­sor,” read Ge­orge V’s procla­ma­tion of 17 July 1917. As cousin of Kaiser Wil­helm II, the King had felt the pres­sure of anti-Ger­man sen­ti­ment in Bri­tain as World War I trun­dled on. His fam­ily name of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha had to go af­ter Lon­don started be­ing bombed by air­craft called ‘Gotha’. A num­ber of choices were re­jected (Tu­dor, Plan­ta­genet and Eng­land to name a few) be­fore Ge­orge’s pri­vate sec­re­tary, Lord Stam­ford­ham, had the thought of us­ing the name of a place as­so­ci­ated with the roy­als in Eng­land since the Nor­mans. ‘Wind­sor’ was nec­es­sar­ily regal and English-sound­ing, and proved in­stantly pop­u­lar.

WIND­SOR WINS Wind­sor was orig­i­nally a motte and bai­ley cas­tle, built by Wil­liam the Con­queror

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