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British Royal Family- Image Source: Times Magazine
Are the British Royal family German?
- Yes. The House of Windsor has been the reigning royal house of the United Kingdom since the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, though it was once known by a different name.
- She was a member of the House of Hannover, the long-reigning royal house of the United Kingdom since the 17th century.
- Though the House of Hannover had its roots in Germany, not since King George II (1727–1760) has a monarch been born in Germany or identified themselves as German.
- By the time of Queen Victoria, the House of Hannover was undeniably British, though with German influence as the royals frequently married German royals.
What is the source of income of the royal family?
- The Queen receives a fixed percentage of the profits from the Crown Estate and the profits of the Duchy of Lancaster.
- The Queen uses the latter to pay expenses of her family, except for her husband and eldest son.
- Prince Charles receives profits from the Duchy of Cornwall. Both the Queen and Prince Charles voluntarily pay taxes on their respective Duchy incomes.
What is the Public Role of the Royal Family?
- The British royal family support Queen Elizabeth II in her state and national duties.
- Each year the family “carries out over 2,000 official engagements throughout the UK and worldwide”.
- Engagements include state funerals, national festivities, garden parties, receptions, and visits to the Armed Forces.