Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The End of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

OK, not quite the end.  There was simply a name change.  On this date in 1917–July 17–the ruling family of England ceased to be the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and became the House of Windsor.

Three years of war, German aircraft capable of reaching England called Gothas, and a strong anti-German sentiment prompted King George V to bring an end to all German titles held by British nobility.  The House of Windsor continues to reign today, with Elizabeth II in the sixty-sixth year on the throne.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.

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