The Royal Family
The House of Windsor came into being in 1917. Until then, the Royal Family had borne the name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha that had come to them through marriage in 1840. Amidst a wave of anti-German feeling during the First World War, George V decided to adopt a new name and the Windsor dynasty was born.
Today, there are three generations of the House of Windsor, led by His Majesty King Charles III, who acceded to the throne in September 2022 upon the passing of his mother, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. At the time of his accession, His Majesty The King was 73 years old, making him the longest-serving heir apparent and Prince of Wales in British history, as well as Britain’s oldest monarch to accede to the throne.
As a royal house that is keen to evolve with the times, the House of Windsor has
implemented numerous modern changes in recent years, perhaps most notably in 2013. Under the Succession to the Crown Act, male heirs no longer take precedence over their sisters, which ended the system of preference that existed since the Act of Settlement of 1701. As a result, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Wales is third in line to the throne, following her father, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and elder brother, His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales.