In July 1917 King George V issued a proclamation renouncing all German titles and dignities for himself and his descendants, and changed the name of the royal house and family to the house and family of Windsor.
All descendants in the male line of Queen Victoria, except daughters who had married, or were to marry, were also to have the new name of Windsor. The proclamation was issued from Buckingham Palace on 17 July 1917.
There had been some dispute and confusion over what the name of the royal house actually was, since it had never been used publically, either officially or unofficially. Was it Wipper or Wettin, Welf or Guelph? (Wettin was the name of the Saxon royal house and Welf or Guelph was the name of the Hanoverian royal house.) If it were to be changed to remove any German associations what should the new name be? Continue reading »