Montreal Gazette, 18 July 1917, page 16

Royal Family of Britain Becomes House of Windsor

King George by Proclamation renounces name of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

German titles dropped

Announcement was made at largest and most important meeting of Privy Council since coronation

London – July 17th – King George today at a meeting of the Privy Council announced the new name of the Royal House and Family to be “the House of Windsor”.

The Privy council at which the King announced the change was held at St James Palace.  It was the most important and largest attended since the coronation.  The attendance included Premier Lloyd George, Foreign Secretary Balfour, and other members of the Cabinet, the Archbishop of Canterbury, former Premier Asquith, and all members of the colonial governments who are now in London.  The Privy Council unanimously endorsed King George’s announcement, and the proclamation putting it into effect was published this afternoon.

King George’s proclamation changing the name of his house to that of Windsor, says:

“We, out of our Royal will and authority, do hereby declare and announce that as from the date of our Royal Proclamation our House and Family shall be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor, and that all descendants in the male line of our grandmother, Queen Victoria, who are subjects of these realms, other than the female descendants who may marry or have married, shall bear the said name of Windsor.

“And we do hereby declare and announce that we for ourselves and for and on behalf of our descendants of our grandmother Queen Victoria, who are subjects of these realms, relinquish and enjoin the discontinuance of the use of degrees, styles, dignities, titles and honours of the Dukes and Duchesses of Saxony and the Princes and Princesses of Saxe-Cobourg and Gotha, and all other German degrees styles, dignities, titles and honours and the appellation to us or to them heretofore belonging or appertaining.

King George is of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  It was recently decided to drop titles or names of German origin.