If you’re a royal historian (or if you just like sorting things), you may enjoy drawing the family trees connected to Britain’s monarchy. I hold up my hand as a participant: Royal Family genealogy is fun to do, and it helps keep things straight in my mind. God knows there’s a considerable amount of confusion that stems from the complexity of royal marriages, births, abdications, and coup d’etats.
So it goes without saying that a good visual should never be underestimated. You can learn a lot from sketching out the family trees. For instance, while Queen Victoria gets a lot of credit for being “the grandmother of Europe”, we often forget that Denmark’s King Christian IX had plenty of influence in several royal houses.
The Danish king was responsible for not just one, but THREE spouses in Britain’s royal house – Alexandra, Philip, and Marina; he was the father of Russia’s Tsarina Marie Feodorovna (mother of ill-fated Nicholas II) and the Danish ancestor of the Greek royal house of today.
Let’s see it drawn out in family tree form:
While it would appear that Philip and George VI fall in the same “generation”, we must remember that Philip was the youngest of five children, born in 1921, while George VI was a second son, born in 1895 (Note: some siblings or children not included for purposes of simplification).
Images of this particular side of the family, all credit to The National Portrait Gallery.
Enjoy this? Stay tuned for further trees.
Updated June 8, 2018