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The British Royal Family in 1880
The British Royal Family in 1880

The Royal Family

Close relatives of the monarch of the United Kingdom are known as The Royal Family. Although there is no strict legal or formal definition of who is or is not a member of the Royal Family, close relatives of His or Her Majesty (HM) or His or Her Royal Highness (HRH) are generally considered members.

Members of the Royal Family usually include:

  • the monarch & their spouse;
  • widows/widowers of previous monarchs (the Queen Mother);
  • children/grandchildren of the monarch;
  • and spouses of a monarch's son/grandson.

The current British Royal Family are members of the House of Windsor. More information about them can be found at

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The Monarchs of England

There have been many Monarchs throughout the ages - throughout British History there have been different English Dynasties, including the Normans, the Tudors, and the House of Windsor. Below you can choose a dynasty, and see a list of the Monarchs that ruled in that time. This can be useful to those looking for a name of a particular ruler. Just click a period to view the Monarchs of that time.

The Anglo-Saxons: 802-1066
The Normans: 1066 - 1216
The Plantagenet: 1216 - 1485
The Tudors: 1485 - 1603
The Stuarts: 1603 - 1714
The Hanoverians: 1714 - 1837
Saxe-Coburg & Gotha: 1837 - 1917
The House of Windsor: 1917 - Present