Today is the centenary of the Proclamation by King George V in 1917 of the change of name of the British Royal family from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor.
This was, of course, a consequence of the Great War and a decision to remove dynastic links with Germany.
There is an article about the change at The House of Windsor – A Proclamation 1917
The background to this decision is set out in an article from the Daily Mail in July 2014
Why are the royals STILL hiding their German past?,which has some interesting tales about
King George V at this period of his reign.
Another article about the name change from The Guardian can be
In addition this has a very interesting link at the side to a longer article about the
adoption of the Mountbatten-Windsor surname for non-titled descendants of The Queen in 1960
shortly before the birth of Prince Andrew.
One contemporary - French I think - observed that the old Europe died when the British King changed his name because of a mere war. There is something in that.
Badge of the House of Windsor as approved by King George VI in 1938