London is famous for its Royal family with millions of visitors flocking to the city for special events and Royal experiences every year. The iconic imagery and rich cultural history of Britain’s first family has intrigued visitors from all over the world for hundreds of years. The city has been the home of Britain’s monarchy for centuries, and here at the Lancaster Gate Hotel London, we love the historic value of the Royal family. We’ve put together a list of some of the most famous monarchs through the ages, so you can see some of the changes they’ve made to the country and the influence they had on society.
Best known as William the Conqueror, this monarch is one of history’s most revered leaders. After his victory at the Battle of Hastings, the Norman Warlord ruled England for 21 years. He was known for his brutal battle tactics and his ability to impose his will without question. William was responsible for strengthening England’s infrastructure by building several castles including the Tower of London. After his death in 1807 he passed the throne to his sons, whose descendants still sit today.
Perhaps the most famous of all English monarchs, Henry VIII is known around the world for beheading two of his many wives. But that’s not the only thing the 16th century King achieved during his reign, which stretched from 1509 to 1547. One of his biggest achievements was the creation of the Church of England, which was established against the will of the Catholic Church. This was so the King could legally divorce his wives to further his mission to have a son and heir.
Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and grew to become one of the most beloved monarchs after assuming the throne in 1558. Known as the Virgin Queen, she was only 25 when she was given the crown, and proceeded to rule for 45 years. During her reign she was responsible for defeating the Spanish Armada which attacked England in 1588. She eventually resigned the throne to focus on her love of art and science.
Queen Victoria’s reign was the longest in British history, spanning more than 63 years. Her leadership was responsible for the rise of the British Empire, which took control of a collection of nations that are now referred to as the Commonwealth. She dubbed herself the Empress of India and her strong persona and strict ideologies defined the era. The advancements in technology and medicine during the Victorian era have led to some of the most important social and economic movements in British history.
The current bearer of the royal crown, Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne since 1952, which means that she is close to beating Victoria’s record. She is the daughter of George VI and has witnessed some of the UK’s biggest social and technological advancements during her reign. A member of the House of Windsor, Elizabeth II is known worldwide and continues to serve as monarch of Great Britain.