Denmark, Norway, Greece, Great Britain… The great family of Charles III

Since the 19th century, when the European royal panorama has been reduced to a stream, the Schleswig-Holstein-Sønderburg-Glücksburg dynasty has multiplied the crowns. Christian IX became King of Denmark in 1863, his son Vilhelm, King of Greece, the same year, his grandson Karl, King of Norway, in 1905. This great ancestor and a few others have great-great-grandsons of Christian IX. , Charles III, now King of the United Kingdom, cousin of all sovereigns.

Of course, the Windsors rule across the Channel and have done so since in 1917, King George V, great-grandfather of Charles III, decreed that his dynasty would bear no other name. Indeed, since the accession in 1901 of Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria, a Hanoverian, and Prince Albert, it was the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas who occupied the throne of the United Kingdom, in the patrilineal line. .

This generic name of the “House of Windsor”, if it remains current, hides a new change of dynasty across the Channel, where, if we stick to usage, a macho nothing, centuries past, is a prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderbourg – Glücksbourg, who has just ascended the throne. Charles III is the son of Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, who had chosen to become British, shortly before his marriage to Crown Princess Elizabeth, in November 1947, to be called Mountbatten, the anglicized name of his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.

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