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Before 1917, Great Britain’s royal family’s name was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha but in the midst of World War I and facing the population’s strong anti-German feeling, it was better to adopt a more English name: the Windsor - after the name of their castle - were born. The Windsor family did not have to wait the late 20th century and its gossip magazines and social networks to encounter with scandal. Indeed, in 1936, when George V dies, Edouard VIII becomes the king of his country but in the meantime he has met the captivating and scandalous divorcee, Wallis Simpson, whom he prefers to choose over the royal crown. His brother, unprepared to the role, becomes George VI and has to fight against his stammering when he appears in public. Although he is often mocked, his family becomes highly popular during and following World War II thanks to a courageous and exemplary attitude, as it stands by its people. In 1953, the king’s eldest daughter is crowned and from then, Elisabeth II has faced a life often resembling the episode of a Dynasty episode. From her tactlessness husband Philip to her sister Margaret who found comfort, from loosing the love of her life, Peter Townsend, in alcohol and multiple love affairs alongside her sons’ troublesome wives, the Queen has not been spared by scandals. As the monarchy was shaken by Princess Diana’s death whose popularity among the media and people had out-shined the royal tribe, Elisabeth II found in her eccentric mother, Queen Mum and the two young princes, William alongside his respectful wife, Catherine, and Harry, figures that have maintained British’s affection. Although many see in Elisabeth II an uptight old lady who loves nothing more than her corgis, hats and handbags, what if the Queen was the original rebel of her family? A woman who had chosen to marry the penniless and handsome man she loved despite her parents’ defiance.

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A member of the Royal Academy displays his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. 1964. Photo by Eve Arnold
A member of the Royal Academy displays his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. 1964. Photo by Eve Arnold
And in proof that parenting trends have changed over the years, Charles—in November 1950—watches a procession of visiting Netherlandish royals from a rail-less ledge
And in proof that parenting trends have changed over the years, Charles—in November 1950—watches a procession of visiting Netherlandish royals from a rail-less ledge
British Royalty, London. King George VI with Queen Mary and their children Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, 1937
British Royalty, London. King George VI with Queen Mary and their children Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, 1937
By 1951, Charles had a sibling—younger sister Princess Anne, who is amused by Prince Philip’s chin in this summertime family photo
By 1951, Charles had a sibling—younger sister Princess Anne, who is amused by Prince Philip’s chin in this summertime family photo
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, 2016
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, 2016
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, London, February 2017. Photo by Karwai Tang
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, London, February 2017. Photo by Karwai Tang
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Cahrlotte of Cambridge by Danny Martindale, 2016
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Cahrlotte of Cambridge by Danny Martindale, 2016
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Prince William, 2014
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Prince William, 2014
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their children Princess Charlotte and Prince George, 2016
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their children Princess Charlotte and Prince George, 2016
Prince Charles by Cecil Beaton, 1960
Prince Charles by Cecil Beaton, 1960
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1952
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1952
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1955
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1955
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth, Queen mother, 1939
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth, Queen mother, 1939
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1949
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1949
Charles and Diana, the Prince and the Princess of Wales during an official visit to Nigeria, March 1990. Photo by George de Keerle
Charles and Diana, the Prince and the Princess of Wales during an official visit to Nigeria, March 1990. Photo by George de Keerle
Clarence House official handout photo of the Prince Charles of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their families, Prince Harry, Prince William, Tom and Laura Parker-Bowles, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizaebth II and Camilla's father Major Bruce Shand after their wedding ceremont, April 9, 2005
Clarence House official handout photo of the Prince Charles of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their families, Prince Harry, Prince William, Tom and Laura Parker-Bowles, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizaebth II and Camilla's father Major Bruce Shand after their wedding ceremont, April 9, 2005
David Bailey, Diana, Princess of Wales, 1988
David Bailey, Diana, Princess of Wales, 1988
David Bailey, Diana, Princess of Wales, 1988
David Bailey, Diana, Princess of Wales, 1988
David Bailey, Diana, Princess of Wales, 1988
David Bailey, Diana, Princess of Wales, 1988
David Bailey, Queen Elizabeth II, 2014
David Bailey, Queen Elizabeth II, 2014
Diana and Charles, Princess and Prince of Wales pose outside Chateau de Chambord during their official visit to France, November 1988. Photo by George de Keerle
Diana and Charles, Princess and Prince of Wales pose outside Chateau de Chambord during their official visit to France, November 1988. Photo by George de Keerle
Diana Princess of Wales in her wedding dress at Buckingham Palace, London, afetr her wedding, 29th July 1981. Photo by Lord Snowdon
Diana Princess of Wales in her wedding dress at Buckingham Palace, London, afetr her wedding, 29th July 1981. Photo by Lord Snowdon
Diana Spencer and Prince Charles wedding at St Paul's Cathedral, London, 29th July 1981
Diana Spencer and Prince Charles wedding at St Paul's Cathedral, London, 29th July 1981
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince William attending a polo match at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, 1988. Photo by Tim Graham
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince William attending a polo match at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, 1988. Photo by Tim Graham
Diana, Princess of Wales at home by Tim Graham, 1986
Diana, Princess of Wales at home by Tim Graham, 1986
Diana, Princess of Wales holds Prince Harry as she and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, 1984. Photo by Tim Graham
Diana, Princess of Wales holds Prince Harry as she and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, 1984. Photo by Tim Graham
Diana, Princess of Wales leaves St. Paul's Cathedral with Prince Charles following their wedding on 29th July, 1981, London. Photo by Anwar Hussein
Diana, Princess of Wales leaves St. Paul's Cathedral with Prince Charles following their wedding on 29th July, 1981, London. Photo by Anwar Hussein
Diana, Princess of Wales leaves St. Paul's Cathedral with Prince Charles following their wedding on 29th July, 1981, London
Diana, Princess of Wales leaves St. Paul's Cathedral with Prince Charles following their wedding on 29th July, 1981, London
Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry at the piano in Kensington Palace, 1985. Photo by Tim Graham
Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry at the piano in Kensington Palace, 1985. Photo by Tim Graham
Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry by George de Keerle, 1987
Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry by George de Keerle, 1987
Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William by George de Keerle, 1987
Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William by George de Keerle, 1987
Disembarking from a plane at Aberdeen, Princess Diana carries her younger son, Harry—bundled up in an adorable snow-white sweater, booties, and hat—as she arrives in Scotland’s chilly December air
Disembarking from a plane at Aberdeen, Princess Diana carries her younger son, Harry—bundled up in an adorable snow-white sweater, booties, and hat—as she arrives in Scotland’s chilly December air
Duchess of Windsor by Cecil Beaton, 1937
Duchess of Windsor by Cecil Beaton, 1937
Duchess of Windsor by Cecil Beaton, 1937
Duchess of Windsor by Cecil Beaton, 1937
Duchess of Windsor by Horst P. Horst, 1947
Duchess of Windsor by Horst P. Horst, 1947
Duchess of Windsor by Robert Doisneau, 1949
Duchess of Windsor by Robert Doisneau, 1949
Duchess of Windsor by Toni Frissell, 1950s
Duchess of Windsor by Toni Frissell, 1950s
Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Cecil Beaton, 1937
Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Cecil Beaton, 1937
Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II with their children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, 1970s
Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II with their children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, 1970s
Edward & Sophie of Wessexby Tim Graham, 2003
Edward & Sophie of Wessexby Tim Graham, 2003
Farrah Fawcett and Prince of Wales Charles at the London Palladium, 1978
Farrah Fawcett and Prince of Wales Charles at the London Palladium, 1978
Fewer than 30 years after showing Harry how to walk in K.P.’s apartment, Prince William stands proudly with his wife, pregnant with their own child. Their son or daughter is due sometime next year—let the feverish frenzy begin
Fewer than 30 years after showing Harry how to walk in K.P.’s apartment, Prince William stands proudly with his wife, pregnant with their own child. Their son or daughter is due sometime next year—let the feverish frenzy begin
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret arriving to visit the Catholic Westminster Cathedral, 1978. Photo by Peter Marlow
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret arriving to visit the Catholic Westminster Cathedral, 1978. Photo by Peter Marlow
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, London, 1978. Photo by Peter Marlow
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, London, 1978. Photo by Peter Marlow
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess Anne, 1972
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess Anne, 1972
In a formal portrait when she was a bit older, Princess Elizabeth grabs onto the pearls she’s wearing with her formal baby gown. The Duchess of York looks intently over her shoulder
In a formal portrait when she was a bit older, Princess Elizabeth grabs onto the pearls she’s wearing with her formal baby gown. The Duchess of York looks intently over her shoulder
John F. Kennedy and Duchess of Windsor at a Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC, 1957. Photo by Bob Henriques
John F. Kennedy and Duchess of Windsor at a Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC, 1957. Photo by Bob Henriques
John F. Kennedy with Duke and Duchess of Windsor at a Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC, 1957. Photo by Bob Henriques
John F. Kennedy with Duke and Duchess of Windsor at a Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC, 1957. Photo by Bob Henriques
In this handout photo, isued by St Jame's Palace, the bride and groom Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photo with (left to right): Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HM The Queen, The Hon, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. Back row (left to right): Master Tom Pettifer, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Harry of Wales, Mr Michael Middleton, Mrs Carole Middleton, Mr James Middleton, Miss Philippa Middleton, April 29, 2011
In this handout photo, isued by St Jame's Palace, the bride and groom Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photo with (left to right): Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HM The Queen, The Hon, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. Back row (left to right): Master Tom Pettifer, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Harry of Wales, Mr Michael Middleton, Mrs Carole Middleton, Mr James Middleton, Miss Philippa Middleton, April 29, 2011
King George IV and the Queen Mother with their daughters Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, in the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War II, 1940s
King George IV and the Queen Mother with their daughters Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, in the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War II, 1940s
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth wedding, 1923
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth wedding, 1923
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth wedding, 1923
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth wedding, 1923
King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and young Queen Elizabeth II, 1926
King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and young Queen Elizabeth II, 1926
Lady Diana and Prince Charles by Stuart Franklin, 1982
Lady Diana and Prince Charles by Stuart Franklin, 1982
Lady Diana and Prince Charles, 1980
Lady Diana and Prince Charles, 1980
Lady Diana by Lord Snowdon, 1981
Lady Diana by Lord Snowdon, 1981
Lady Diana by Stuart Franklin, 1982
Lady Diana by Stuart Franklin, 1982
Lady Diana Spencer, 1981
Lady Diana Spencer, 1981
Lady Diana visits the town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles, 1981
Lady Diana visits the town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles, 1981
Lady Diana, Princess of Wales by Anwar Hussein, 1982
Lady Diana, Princess of Wales by Anwar Hussein, 1982
Lucian Freud with Queen Elizabeth II by David Dawson, 2001
Lucian Freud with Queen Elizabeth II by David Dawson, 2001
Lucian Freud, Queen Elizabeth II, 2000/ 2001, Oil on canvas, The Royal Collection, London
Lucian Freud, Queen Elizabeth II, 2000/ 2001, Oil on canvas, The Royal Collection, London
Madame Tausaud's waxworks, The Royal Family by Peter Marlow, London, 1991
Madame Tausaud's waxworks, The Royal Family by Peter Marlow, London, 1991
Maria Callas and the Queen Elizabeth II, after singing I Puritani, Covent Garden Theatre, London, 1958
Maria Callas and the Queen Elizabeth II, after singing I Puritani, Covent Garden Theatre, London, 1958
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Film Show, October 1956
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Film Show, October 1956
Mario Testino, Diana, Princess of Wales, Vanity Fair, 1996
Mario Testino, Diana, Princess of Wales, Vanity Fair, 1996
Mark Phillips and Princess Anne wedding, November 1973
Mark Phillips and Princess Anne wedding, November 1973
Diana, known as a warm and caring mother above all else, oversaw the boys' early education and activities--here she is “instructing” them in piano. Harry has just finished playing a little Liszt
Diana, known as a warm and caring mother above all else, oversaw the boys' early education and activities--here she is “instructing” them in piano. Harry has just finished playing a little Liszt
Patrick Demarchelier, Princess Diana, London, 1990
Patrick Demarchelier, Princess Diana, London, 1990
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson wedding, July 23, 1986
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson wedding, July 23, 1986
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, 1990s
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, 1990s
Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his daughter Beatrice by George de Keerle, 1990
Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his daughter Beatrice by George de Keerle, 1990
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles by Tim Graham, 1979
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles by Tim Graham, 1979
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in their roles as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay during their wedding day, April 9, 2005. Photo by Christopher Furlong
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in their roles as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay during their wedding day, April 9, 2005. Photo by Christopher Furlong
Prince Charles and Princess Diana at home in Kensington Palace by Tim Graham, 1983
Prince Charles and Princess Diana at home in Kensington Palace by Tim Graham, 1983
Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their honeymoon at Balmoral in Scotland, August 1981. Photo by Tim Graham
Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their honeymoon at Balmoral in Scotland, August 1981. Photo by Tim Graham
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1981
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1981
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1981
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1981
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