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The House of Windsor at 100: the Consorts

The House of Windsor will marks its centenary on July 17th. On that date, in 1917, George V issued a royal proclamation changing the name of his family and his house from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha due to growing anti German sentiment in World War One. From that moment onwards, the dynasty was known as Windsor. In the run up to the anniversary, there will be special posts looking at the history of the House. The first focused on the Monarchs of Windsor and the latest looks at the consorts =. There have been just three but what a trio they are. Two queens, one prince, three royal stories that take some telling. Welcome to the consorts of the House of Windsor.

Queen Mary
First consort of the House of Windsor

Consort to George V between May 6th 1910 - January 20th 1936
Born Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes 
on May 26th 1867 at Kensington Palace
Daughter of Francis, Duke of Teck and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
Married George, Duke of York later George V on July 6th 1893
Crowned June 22nd 1911
Died March 24th 1953

Queen Elizabeth
Second consort of the House of Windsor

Consort to George VI between December 11th 1936 - February 6th 1952
Born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite on August 4th 1900, p
Daughter of Claude Bowes-Lyon, later Earl of Strathmore and Kinghearn
and Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck
Married Albert, Duke of York later George VI on April 26th 1923
Crowned May 12th 1937
Died March 30th 2002

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Third Consort of the House of Windsor

Consort to Elizabeth II since February 6th 1952
Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on June 10th 1921 at Mon Repos, Corfu
Son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg
Married Princess Elizabeth later Elizabeth II on November 20th 1947
Became the longest serving consort in British history on April 18th 2009

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