Should George V be of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha or Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha?

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This house was originally German. But George V was born in England, and spoke English, not German. We prefer to use their language (so in this case English), but don't we also like houses to share a last name at birth (and probably most people in this house were German)?
in Policy and Style by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (419k points)
recategorized by Chris Whitten

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The "Kathy Rule" would IMO dictate German--I'll go with that.
by Roger Travis G2G6 Mach 2 (23.6k points)
selected by Fred Bergman
That's what I've been leaning towards, too. But I wanted to check with the people with experience first. Thanks Roger! :)
The Hanoverians and Saxe-Coburg und Gotha were mainly German and contracted German Marriages. This maintained a wide difference from the British Aristocracy and people.  

Queen Victoria of GB, a Brunswick, spoke with a German accent and when angry talked in German. Al;most all her close relatives were German and spoke German. They however forbade German servants.

https://www.historyextra.com/period/victorian/queen-victoria-facts-life-children-prince-albert-husband-marriage-reign/

This linguistic trend lives on through Edward VII. He probably spoke more English because of all of his mistresses.

http://matt-history.weebly.com/edward-vii.html#
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This Kathy-rule (thanks, Roger) would ask first if anyone in Germany ever used the term Saxe-Coburg-Gotha? Or is it totally an English royal house construct?

By the time of George V, the royals had been in England for a century more or less. It was an English house. Was there a parallel family in Germany? Not my area.
by Katherine Patterson G2G2 (2.8k points)
edited by Lianne Lavoie
For more info see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Saxe-Coburg_and_Gotha

That house is kind of all over the place. It started with a duchy in Germany, and has had rules in a bunch of places over the years, including currently the King of Belgium. So it's not just an English royal house.

(By the way, I just edited your answer to fix this weird font formatting thing that was in it.)
Up to George VI the British Royal family has been ethnically German. https://www.britroyals.com/hanovertree.asp

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