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23 Weird Facts The Royal Baby Should Know About Its Family

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1. Hiya Royal Baby! So, this is your great-great-great-grandfather, George V. He's the one that gave you your surname. / Via Royal Family Life

In 1917, George V changed the family surname to the House of Windsor, from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha due to anti-German public sentiment.


6. Don't worry that your mum doesn't come from royal stock. Neither did your great-great granny.

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In 1923, the Queen Mother was the first commoner to marry into the royal family, ending a tradition that had lasted 300 years.

7. Yours is not a tactful family. / Via Royal Family Life

For your great-granny's wedding, Mahatma Ghandi wove a special piece of cloth.Your great-great Granny's mother-in-law (Queen Mary) was disgusted by the gift. She thought it was loin cloth, and declared: "It's a horrible thing".

8. But you will always be taught to accept gifts graciously.

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In 1961 the Queen was given a gift of a baby crocodile during a state visit to the Gambia. Her Majesty’s private secretary kept it in his tin bath until it could be brought back to the UK.


9. Though you'll be wealthy, you'll be expected to scrimp and save. / Via Royal Family Life

Rationing was still in place when Princess Elizabeth married Prince Phillip on 20 November 1947, so the Princess carefully saved her clothing coupons to buy the fabric for her wedding dress.

10. You will be able to bend the rules though. / Via Royal Family Life

In 1929, when only wooden shafts were permitted for golf clubs, David the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) arrived at St Andrews, sporting a set of clubs with steel shafts. The prince was allowed to play with them and the rules changed from that day on.

11. And even though you're a child, remember that you'll have to help the country wherever you can. / Via Royal Family Life

Between 1941 and 1944 Princessess Elizabeth and Margaret played the lead roles in pantomines staged in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, to raise money for the Wartime Wool Fund.

12. But you'll be able to do anything you want - like create your own Girl Guide troop. / Via Royal Family Life

On 6 June 1937, the 1st Buckingham Palace Guide Company was formed for Princess Elizabeth. The company was reformed in 1959 for Princess Anne, and remained active until 1963.


13. Great-granny's house is pretty big, and you'd better like Scottish pipers. / Via Royal Family Life

A piper plays under the Queen’s window for about 15 minutes from 9am every morning when she is in residence at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyrood or Balmoral.

15. And there's plenty to do at your great-granny's other place.

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When in Balmoral, the Queen likes to catch the bats that live in the upper reaches of the great hall. She does this with the aid of a footman, and a large net on a long pole.