The royal family doesn’t use surnames. When a royal baby is born, they are given a particular nobility title and, when they get married, they obtain another. They don’t usually take into account the original surnames, and sometimes they may simply not exist. (Photo: Archive)
The Queen’s husband is not the king. His birth certificate says Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, but after marrying Queen Elizabeth, he didn’t become the King of England, but Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. (Photo: Archive)
Monarchs choose their name. Their titles rarely have something to do with their original name. They usually use any name of their liking and then add a number: Elizabeth II, David II, George VI… (Photo: Archive)
The UK doesn’t have a written Constitution, unlike most countries. In order to solve a problem, authorities go back to all previous resolutions on similar matters. This is known as customary Constitution. (Photo: Archive)
The Buckingham Palace is known as the Royal House. Nevertheless, the palace is not where the nobles live. The house of the British monarchy is the St. James Palace (in the picture), just a few blocks from Buckingham. (Photo: Archive)
The Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms in total: 52 rooms of the Royal family and their guests, 188 rooms for staff, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 19 rooms for other purposes. (Photo: Archive)
The Palace has more than 450 permanent employees. Many of them live in the Palace, ranging from security and other basic services for the building, to people dedicated exclusively to hang flags and win up the clocks every day. (Photo: Archive)
Queen Victoria was the longest reigning queen until two years ago. She occupied the throne from 1837 to 1901. (Photo: Archive)
Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on September 9, 2015. Just a year later, she became the world’s longest-reigning current monarch, and the world’s longest-serving current head of state. (Photo: Archive)
Lady Jane Gray was Queen for nine days. She was crowned on July 10, 1553, and nine days later, deposed and executed. (Photo: Archive)
Queen Victoria was known for her refined taste and her most eccentric demands. She was also famous for fondness for psychoactive substances. (Photo: Archive)
Charles I was King of England and Scotland from Marc 27, 1625 to January 30, 1649. He was the first British King to be executed, the reasons being “high treason” and “other very serious crimes.” (Photo: Archive)
Queen Elizabeth II wanted to be an actress. She took drama lessons and performed in some plays in the 1940’s. (Photo: Archive)
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Kate Middleton, got married at age 29, making her the oldest bride in the history of British monarchy. (Photo: Archive)
Isabela of France, Duchess of Orlèans, Queen Consort of England, was the youngest bride in the history of British Crown, and probably of the history of all Europe. She was married when she was only six years old, to future Kind Richard II, who at the time was 29 years old. (Photo: Archive)
Through the years, the wars, the revolutions, and many other political and economic crisis in which they’ve faced, Europe’s political scheme is far from being what it once was. Feudal lords, centralized power, and parliaments, until finally, in the 20
th century, the figure of presidents and prime ministers was introduced.
One of the most remarkable cases in that of the United Kingdom, which has preserved its customs and traditions regarding the monarchy. And although the British Royal Family has managed to survive, today, it has less power—fairly any—when it comes to the laws of each country, but it still has great legitimacy in some sectors of society, all in the name of morals, customs, the Church, and God.
The British monarchy is a clear example of how tradition can adapt to survive.
So, who are they exactly? These are 15 facts about the British Royal Family that you probably didn’t know.