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

+4 votes
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 Liander Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (459k 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 (27.8k 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.

This linguistic trend lives on through Edward VII. He probably spoke more English because of all of his mistresses.
+2 votes
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 G2G6 (6.4k points)
edited by Liander Lavoie
For more info see here:

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.

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