House of Windsor at 100 - Gallery
2017 sees the House of Windsor celebrate 100 years of serving the United Kingdom, the Royal Family having taken the name in 1917.
In July 1917, George V made the exceptional decision to give up the German name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, replacing it with name Windsor, a name that a long association with monarchy in Britain through Windsor Castle.
Britain was in the grip of the First World War and George V and his advisers thought it inappropriate that his family should bear a German name while Britain and her Allies were fighting such a terrible war with Germany.
During this time, the House of Windsor has produced four monarchs who have reigned over Britain and the Commonwealth for a combined total of 100 years.