England’s Expat Monarchs
As the global media turns its intense gaze on one (probably rather intimidated) baby boy, we take a look back over Monarchs from England’s past to see which of them were born in foreign nations.
So, if wondering what the future King will be called is driving you to distraction, take a break and check out our list of England’s expat Monarchs.
William I (1028 – 1087) – Born in Normandy, France
William II (1056 – 1100) – Born in Normandy, France
Stephen (1092/6 – 1154) – Born in Blois, France
Henry II (1133 – 1189) – Born in Le Mans, France
Edward II (1284 – 1327) – Born in Gwynedd, Wales (The UK wasn’t formed until the 1700’s)
Richard II (1367 – 1400) – Born in Bordeaux, France
Henry V (1386 – 1422) – Born in Monmouth, Wales
Edward IV (1442 – 1483) – Born in Rouen, France
Henry VII (1457 – 1509) – Born in Pembroke, Wales
James I (1566 – 1625) – Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
Charles I (1600 – 1649) – Born in Dunfermline, Scotland
William III (1650 – 1702) – Born in The Hague, Netherlands
George I (1660 – 1727) – Born in Hannover, Germany
George II (1683 – 1760) Born in Hannover, Germany
And of course, until the most recent generations of the Royal family, spouses of UK Monarchs were often from overseas.
For example, Henry VIII’s daughter Mary I was married to Prince Philip of Spain, while Queen Victoria’s beloved Albert was from the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.
Then there was Edward VIII, who controversially abdicated the throne to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson.
And of course the husband of our current monarch Queen Elizabeth (the institution that is Prince Philip) is from Greece.
Although both Prince Charles and Prince William married British women, the tradition of expat royalty may still continue.
After all, little baby Prince-currently-unnamed-Cambridge might be from the UK, but who knows where his future consort might be from…