When you think of British royalty, names like Queen Victoria and the Duchess of Windsor might come to mind. But did you know that the family name of the Duchess of Cambridge is actually Windsor? It’s true! She is the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and, as such, is also the great-grandniece of the Queen. In other words, she is arguably the most famous Kate Middleton in history. Like her famous sister, Meghan Markle, she too has taken a liking to social media and uses her considerable charm to gain a massive following. Who says women can’t be powerful and influential?
Just as with Kate Middleton, the media has taken a shine to the lovely Duchess of Cambridge. She became the subject of a documentary simply named ‘Kate’. And just like Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is an avid hunter and sports enthusiast. After graduating from Oxford University, she spent a year working in a pub in Uganda. While there, she became an accomplished big-game hunter. Now, as with her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge spends a lot of time on her twitter platform, sharing her adventures and passions. In fact, since her wedding in 2018, her Twitter account has gained nearly 100,000 followers.
In a similar way, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen’s granddaughter, has built a brand for herself on social media. She is also known for her work as a conservationist and has established a foundation in her name. The Duchess of Cornwall’s Instagram account currently has over 1.3 million followers, and it is a place that we can follow her adventures and engagements. We can also see the influence that the Queen has had, as, since her accession to the throne in 1952, she has regularly posted on Instagram.
The King George
If you think that all of the above is starting to sound a little bit like The Royal Families of England and Scotland — which is quite apt — then you’re in for a treat! Just a few years back, another member of the British royal family introduced a whole new set of dynastic influences to a shocked public when he married a commoner. And it wasn’t just a few years back. We’re talking about the most recent King George, who shocked the world when he married his longtime girlfriend, Alice Margret Hawke. It was later revealed that Alice’s father is a member of the aristocratic House of Lords and her mother is an art dealer who owns a gallery in London. So not only is the King George part of a royal dynasty (the House of Windsor), but his wife is the daughter of an aristocrat and the niece of a reigning queen (thus making them both members of different royal families).
As for the couple’s wedding day, it was a magnificent affair attended by hundreds of well-wishers. The King George is the latest in a long line of British royalty to wed a commoner. So in a way, you could say that he represents a new era in Anglo-Saxon history. One that puts an end to centuries of continuous royal birth. Or at least, it ends one royal lineage and begins another. It’s fair to say that the British public didn’t take too kindly to the fact that the King George decided to ignore centuries of tradition and pick a bride from the commoner pool. Some saw it as a betrayal; others saw it as a great opportunity for a fresh start — or perhaps an end to the monarchy altogether. To be fair, after a few tense months there were signs that the King George was trying to make amends. He traveled to Buckingham Palace to ask for the Queen’s forgiveness. And this past summer, the couple made headlines when the King George performed his first official royal engagement. He traveled to Belfast to open up a new economic development zone. While there, he met with Arlene Foster and talked about his plans to develop a new economic zone in Northern Ireland. During their meeting, the Queen gave her blessing to the upcoming development project. Whether or not the public will forgive and forget the King George remains to be seen. But as a member of a royal family himself, he will always have the opportunity to lead a charmed life.
The Duchess of York
Speaking of which, there’s another royal couple whom we haven’t even mentioned who were also married last year and whose story is even more fascinating. It revolves around a former commoner who ascended the throne and a member of the royal family who became the Duchess of York. We’re talking about Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew. It’s fair to say that they’ve been married for a long time and they’ve had to put up with a lot of speculation and rumors about their relationship. But last year, they decided to take the rumors and speculation head on and addressed the issue publicly for the first time. On their wedding day, the Duchess of York changed her last name to the English equivalent of her royal highness. As a result, she is now known as the Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate Middleton for short. (And yes, the media has taken a shine to her, too, often dubbing her ‘the female George Clooney’. Quite a character, the Duchess of Cambridge.)
Now as for the couple’s wedding day, it was a private affair attended by only a few family members and close friends. It was an emotional affair and it seems that the Queen was particularly moved. She was there to officiate as both the bride and the groom addressed the gathered masses. After the ceremony, she blessed the couple for their union. It was a beautiful wedding, but not exactly one that will be talked about for many years to come. (In other words, it made sense.)
The Windsors Are Still In The Game
And speaking of making sense, perhaps it’s time to address that most precious of topics: Money! Did you know that the Prince of Wales, who is second in line to the throne, is a multibillionaire? He is the heir to one of the largest fortunes in the world. His personal fortune is valued at around US$20billion. (Yes, that’s with a ‘b’, for those of you who are doing the math at home. Or are you?)
According to Forbes, the Prince of Wales is currently the richest man in the world. (He is the second wealthiest member of the British royal family, after the Queen.) And the title of Prince is not some glorified title. It is, in fact, one of the most lucrative titles in existence. If you’ve ever seen the HBO series ‘The Prince’ (which is a rather good show, by the way), you’ll know that a prince can accumulate a massive fortune as a result of his position. They can marry into money or manage money brilliantly. In short, it is a very lucrative position to be in.
Speaking of marriage and money, there is one more royal couple who made the headlines last year. After years as a happily married couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to follow in the footsteps of many members of the British royal family and entered into a quiet but highly public union. Markle, who is now a member of the royal family as well, has reportedly given up a very comfortable life in order to follow her new husband all over the world. (It must be said that Prince Harry, who is now the King of England, did not have to do this. He could’ve picked a wife from a more suitable family line. For example, he could’ve married a commoner and had more children. But, perhaps, this is precisely what he wanted. A new life filled with adventure and possibility.)
As for their wedding, it was a beautiful affair attended by only a few family members and close friends. Once again, it was a private day and there were no cameras allowed. (Which is a shame, really, as we would’ve loved to have captured the magic of the day.) After the ceremony, the couple posed for photos in their wedding dress. It was an emotional affair, made even more meaningful by the fact that it was a very private and intimate ceremony. (Sadly, Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas, passed away just a few weeks before the wedding.)