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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty ยท 1 month ago

Is it true that the aristocracy in the UK look down on the current royal House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Battenberg (Anglicised now to Windsor)?

I have read several places that the old aristocratic families who go back centuries in Britain actually look down on the royal family of the UK as German arrivistes. While respecting the head of state role of the monarch, the aristocrats think the family is rather laughable. Is there any truth to this? See this source...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/fa...

Update:

Battenberg was included in the question because of the name of Prince Philip and his family. Some of his offspring use Mountbatten-Windsor as a surname (which is the Anglicised version of Battenberg and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha).

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  • 1 month ago
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    Yes. They're so tacky and gullible and loud, and.....not British looking. HM aside, they're a family of particularly talentless German dwarves. Were it not for Lady Diana Spencer, Prince William and Mr. Markel would also be stubby Huns.

    Source(s): Everyone knows they're 'the new people'
  • 1 month ago

    Theyโ€™re not so much German arrivistes as British arrivistes. German Shmerman. Catherine is not German. Diana was not German. The queen mother was not German. How many generations of Englishwomen must they marry and halve their Germanness with before people stop calling them German? But they are definitely arrivistes. (Theyโ€™ve quit marrying their sesquituple cousins.)

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  • All families go back to the origin of the human race - necessarily so. Whether or not a family's last few generations are recorded on a list somewhere seems rather trivial to me.ย 

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  • Clo
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    1 month ago

    It once was true that some aristocratic families looked down on the royals, eventhough the royals could trace their descent back to William the Conqueror. These certain families were a bit jealous of the power and status the Windsors had---peers lost even more powers than the royals did through constitutional changes.

    And then, there is that regrettable habit that certain people have-- to form exclusive little clubs in order to bolster their self esteem, and one such clique is made up of families with continuous English roots. The Windsors have Old English roots, but they also have German, Danish, Scottish and Russian ancestry.

    It has been said that if two Englishman get together, they wold often form an exclusive club to keep a third Englishman out...

    The correct name of the British royals was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. George V chose the name Windsor to show his solidarity, allegiance, loyalty, was with the UK .

    Battenberg is the name the Mountbattens once used. The changed the name to the anglicized version at the same time George made his changes.

    All of this is part of the historical record. I think that you already know the facts, but I fear that you wishย  to post anti royal propaganda; hiding behind the anonymous app does not veil word pattern, usage and repeated themes of queries.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Their name was not "Anglicized" to Windsor, it was changed to Windsor. The name Mountbatten was anglicised from Battenberg.

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  • 1 month ago

    As the Queen is descended from William, Duke of Orange who invaded England in 1066, I doubt it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It has never been the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Battenberg.ย 

    Aristocrats do tend to look down on that kind of ignorance.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Only people like Alan Clark who thought it amusing to refer to them as 'The Germans' but he was a crashing snob, dismissing Lord Heseltine as 'somebody who bought all his own furniture.'

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  • abdul
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It's strange that they would. Those aristocratic and royal families in Europe have been intermarrying for centuries.None of them are totally Brit except as being born there.

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