When did the British monarchy cease to claim the throne of France?

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Hubby's taken on the onerous task of transcribing wills so diligently that he arose this morning saying "I realised this in the night"! Anyway he found this little gem. "Our sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King". Had to check it over and over. I'm pretty sure Charles II never claimed to be King of France so it never occurred to me that the Hanoverians might have done. Or is this just some sort of political statement by the testator? Pardon my ignorance.
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in The Tree House by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (246k points)

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"...English and British monarchs continued to prominently call themselves kings of France, and the French fleur-de-lys were included in the royal arms. This continued until 1801, by which time France had no monarch, having become a republic..."

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
Thanks. I could have looked this up myself, couldn't I?
It's an interesting topic. Glad you brought up the subject.
Actually, after Brexit - we will go back and retake the old colony......


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