Friday, December 14, 2018

Fact of the Day: Hanover French

When the British throne passed to the House of Hanover, James I's great-grandson George I had very little interest in trying to master English. While his mother tongue was German, he spoke to most of his important people at court in French. 

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  1. I wonder why he focused on French versus German? Interesting. Happy Friday and Hugs...RO

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  2. I think back in the day everyone who was anyone spoke French.

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    1. Correct - French was and still is the language of diplomats.
      All royal households of Europe spoke French and German was also the language of the Hanovian period of England.
      The present Queen speaks fluent German.
      Colin

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  3. It was the House of Hanover right up to Queen Victoria's death, when it became the house of another German royal family, House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The named was changed to the House of Windsor (which it remains today) during World War I (seeing as Britain and Germany were now at war with each other.)

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    1. I believe the lineage was:
      1. House of Hanover
      2. House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha
      3. House of Battenburg
      4. House of Windsor - changed in WW1.
      Colin

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  4. Nice hair...wig...whatever...mon dieu!

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  5. Can't teach an old dog new tricks, I guess.

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