Can You Name These Famous British Royals?

By: Jaclyn Lavine
Image: Mario Sánchez Prada from United Kingdom via Wiki Commons

About This Quiz

Unless you live under a rock, you know precisely who Prince Harry and his new wife, Megan Markle are. You are fully aware that Prince William and Kate Middleton just had their child, and you may even know what Kate just wore to an event that happened yesterday. Thanks to modern-day technology such as social media, people throughout the world are familiar with the ins and outs of the British royal family. Royal weddings are broadcast on national television, royal children are photographed on a regular basis, and the private lives of the royal family often become public thanks to the paparazzi. But Prince William and Kate Middleton come from a long line of famous royals dating all the way back to the Alfred the Great who ruled in 871. Just because there may not have been photographers hiding in the bushes back in, say, the 1500s, doesn't mean the lives of these monarchs were any less fascinating or impactful.  

 The 40 famous British royals on this quiz come from different eras throughout history, but anyone who knows anything about British history should be able to recognize these 40 famous English royals from a single image. Can you? Prove it by taking this quiz! 

Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the current British royal family. She is mother to Prince William and Prince Henry and was one of the most beloved British royals of all time. Sadly, she passed away in a car crash on Aug. 31, 1997, sending the whole world into mourning.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is wife to the heir apparent to the British royal throne. Their relationship was highly publicized because they continued their affair during Charle's first marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is the wife of Prince William and member of the current British Royal family. Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William on April 29, 2011.

Anne became Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1702. She was 37 years old when she succeeded to the throne. During her reign, the United Kingdom of Great Britain was created by the union between England and Scotland.

Charles II was also known as the "Merry Monarch." He reigned from 1649 until 1651, then from 1660 until 1685. He was a well-liked, but he was not a very effective monarch. Charles II had 13 mistresses and countless illegitimate children. His reign is most notable due to the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Prince George is the son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He was born on July 22, 2013 and is third in line for the throne.

At 13 years old, Edward V was king for two months before his mysterious death in 1483. Son to Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV, Edward V is one of the mysterious "Princes in the Tower." He and his younger brother disappeared from the Tower of London, never to be seen or heard from again.

James I was the nephew to Mary, Queen of Scots and great-great-grandson of King Henry VII. James I became king when he succeeded the great Queen Elizabeth I and reigned for 22 years. The era in which he reined was named after him and is called the Jacobean era.

Charles I was a Stuart king who reigned from 1625 until 1649. Charles was not a friend of Parliament and believed in the divine right of kings, he is considered a tyrannical absolute monarch. In 1642, he fought the armies of the Scottish and English parliaments and was later convicted and subsequently executed.

George III ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 until 1830. During his reign, Britain fought France in the Seven Years' War. This victory helped his country to become the dominant power in North America. During the latter years of his life, Geroge III became mentally unwell, so his son became Regent and ruled in his place.

Edward I became king in 1272 and ruled until his death. Edward's legacy includes establishing Parliament as a permanent institution and for the Edict of Expulsion, which formally expelled Jews from the country in 1290.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's reign began in 1952. She is the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia and the Head of the Common Wealth. She is the longest living monarch in the world.

Megan Markel. ex-Hollywood movie star is the Duchess of Sussex. Wife to Prince Harry, Megan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex following their wedding on May 19, 2018.

George VI was called "Bertie" by those close to him. He was the second son of George V and only became king because his older brother, Edward VII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is second in the line of succession, after his father Charles, Prince of Wales. His mother was the well-loved Princess Diana. On April 29, 2011, William married Catherine Middleton. They now have three children together that the world can't seem to get enough of.

William II was the third son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. He became king in 1087 and was quite unpopular with his people. He died in 1100 in a hunting accident that has long been suspected to be a murder.

King Alfred, otherwise known as Alfred the Great, is one of the first kings of England. Alfred was king of Wessex from 871 to 899. During this time, he fought off the Vikings, establishing himself as the leader of England. He is known for improving the legal system, military, structure and quality of life in England at the time.

Mary I was the only daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She was a devout Catholic who burned 300 religious dissenters at the stake.

Contrary to what many believe, King Henry VIII only executed to of his wives. While he is best known for his six wives, his most famous act was to end papal supremacy and to make himself the head of the Church of England.

John Lackland was King of England from 1199 until 1216. He was the youngest of five sons and only became king because his older brothers died. In the last years of his reign, the baronial revolt led to signing the Magna Carta, which is considered the foundational document of the constitution of the United Kingdom.

Mary II was the queen of England from 1689 until 1694. Mary II co-reigned with her husband and first cousin, William III. William and Mary did not have any children, which was an issue of great sadness for the queen.

Charles, Prince of Wales, is heir apparent to the British throne. His mother is Queen Elizabeth II, and his father is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He has two famous sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, whom he had with his first wife, Princess Diana.

George III was King of Great Britain and Ireland in 1760 until his death in 1820. For most Americans, he is most famous for being the king during the American Revolution and the monarch that the Declaration of Rights and Grievances was addressed to.

Prince Louis is the son of Prince William and Kate Middleton. He was born on April 23, 2018, and he is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII and mother to Elizabeth I. Boleyn famously had her head cut off by her husband for accusations of infidelity.

George V reigned England at the height of the British Empire. In 1917, George V changed the royal name from Saxe-Coburg and Goth to Windsor, which is the same royal family name used today.

Elizabeth I is one of the most recognizable British monarchs. Her reign is considered a "golden age" because of her military victories and the peace she brought to her kingdom.

Victoria was Queen the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until 1876. Her marriage to Prince Albert was a union of love and devotion. Upon his death in 1861, Victoria spent much of the remainder of her life in mourning.

Princess Charlotte is the second child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Her full title is Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and she is the fourth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Henry VII won the English throne in battle in what was known as the War of the Roses. After the war, Henry married Elizabeth of York, uniting the two warring families, the House of York and the House of Lancaster, and creating the the Tudor rose.

Henry V was king during the Hundred Years War with France. He is famous for winning the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. He reigned until his death in 1422 at age 36.

Henry was the youngest son of William the Conqueror. After the death of his older brother, Henry I became king in 1100.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is the second son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is sixth in the line of British succession. Prince Harry and his brother, William, are two of the first British royals to ever grow up in the time of paparazzi and tabloid magazines.

William IV became king when his two older brothers died childless. In 1830, at the age of 64, he became king. His reign is famous for the abolition of slavery, restrictions on child labor and the reform of the poor law. He is the father of Victoria.

John was the youngest and favorite son of Henry II. He became king after his %0D brother Richard, died in 1199. During his reign, the Magna Carta was signed. He died shortly after in 1216.

Elizabeth of York was the wife of Henry VII. Her marriage to Henry united the House of Plantagenet and the House of Lancaster, two families which had been in constant battle during the War of the Roses. Elizabeth of York was the first Tudor queen.

Richard I was a great warrior, which is why he was nicknamed Richard the Lionheart. Richard I ruled England from 1189 until his death in 1199.

William III was born as William the Prince of Orange in 1650. He ruled alongside his cousin and wife, Mary I, until her death.

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was the first son of a king to go away to school. Henry attended Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. After a number of strokes, he passed away in 1974.

Mary, Queen of Scots, was a Scottish queen and cousin to Elizabeth I. Mary had once claimed the British throne for herself which later resulted in her execution by Elizabeth I in 1587.

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