Timeline: 100 years of Britain's Royal Family

Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:03am EDT
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(Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton are to get married on April 29.

Following is a timeline of Britain's Royal family in the last 100 years.

1910 - King George V ascends the throne on May 6.

1917 - At the height of World War One, the House of Windsor comes into being, when the name is adopted as the British Royal Family's official name by a proclamation of King George V, replacing the historic name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

January 20, 1936 - George V dies and is succeeded by his son Edward VIII.

December 11, 1936 - Edward VIII is in love with a divorced American woman, Wallis Simpson. Edward has to choose between the crown and Mrs Simpson who, being twice-divorced, would not have been acceptable as Queen.

-- Edward VIII abdicates, and his brother becomes King George VI and his wife Elizabeth queen.

November 20, 1947 - George VI's first-born Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten, who becomes Duke of Edinburgh.

February 1952 - Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, set out on a tour of Africa and Asia in place of her ailing father King George VI. George dies on February 6.   Continued...