Monday, July 22, 2013

CPT Monarch Factoid - King's Stuff Headlines


BBC - Royal baby: Moment birth of William and Kate's son was announced

Royal baby: It's a boy for William and Kate, as world celebrates future king
Royal Baby: Boy Joy For Kate And William

William and Kate 'couldn't be happier' about baby boy

Royal baby weighing 8 lbs, 6 oz delivered at 4:24 p.m. BST Monday


Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, on Monday. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)

Congratulations to William and Kate for the birth of their boy who is 3rd in line to be King of Britain.  He will be the 2nd King of Britain after his yet to be King father, William, who is part American in his blood line thanks to Thomas Gerrard, who brought his family to St. Clements Island in Maryland and established the St. Clements Manor in 1634 in what is today Coltons Point.

For the benefit of those of you not into monarchies, succession and royal heraldry, and particularly the survivors of the dreaded 7th District in Southern Maryland where St. Clements Island and Coltons Point remain to this day, let me simplify what I said.



Much to the horror of the British royalty genealogists it was discovered that Prince William, son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, will be the first King in English history to be part American.

They have the Gerrard family of London to blame for it.  Not only did Thomas wind up with the largest Manor House in America, over 25,000 acres, and somehow manage to contaminate the royal bloodline of Britain with American blood, but two of his daughters married George Washington's great-grandfather.


William's yet to be named son will be the second King of Britain with American blood.

How many queens ruled England?

Since the year 927, over 1,000  years, the monarchy has ruled England or Britain.


From: Women's History

Queens who ruled England or Britain

1. Empress Matilda, Lady of the English (1141), never crowned

 (August 5, 1102 - September 10, 1167)
Widow of the Holy Roman Emperor, Matilda was named by her father, Henry I of England, as his successor. She fought a long war of succession with her cousin, Stephen, who seized the throne before Matilda could be crowned.
2. Lady Jane Grey (1553, 9 days)



(October 1537 - February 12, 1554)
The reluctant nine-day queen of England, Lady Jane Grey was supported by the Protestant party to follow Edward VI, to try to prevent the Roman Catholic Mary from taking the throne.

3. Mary I (1553 - 1558)



(February 18, 1516 - November 17, 1558)
Daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mary attempted to restore Roman Catholicism in England during her reign. The execution of Protestants as heretics earned her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary."

4. Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603)


(September 9, 1533 - March 24, 1603)
Known as Queen Bess or the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I ruled at a key time in England's history, and is one of the most-remembered British rulers, male or female.

5. Mary II (1689 - 1694)

Mary II assumed the throne as co-ruler with her husband when it was feared that her father would restore Roman Catholicism. Mary II died childless in 1694 of smallpox, only 32 years old. Her husband William ruled after her death, passing the crown to Mary's sister Anne when he died.
6. Anne (1702 - 1714)

Sister of Mary II, she ruled when her brother-in-law William III died in 1702. She was married to Prince George of Denmark, and though she was pregnant 18 times, she had only one child who survived infancy. That son died in 1700, and in 1701, she agreed to designate as her successors the Protestant descendants of Elizabeth, daughter of James I of England, known as the Hanoverians. As queen, she's known for the influence over her of her friend, Sarah Churchill, and for getting the British involved in the War of the Spanish Succession. She was associated in British politics with the Tories rather than their opponents, the Whigs, and her reign saw the power of the Crown significantly reduced.

7. Victoria (1837 - 1901)


Queen Victoria of Great Britain was the longest-ruling monarch of Great Britain. She ruled during a time of economic and imperial expansion, and gave her name to the Victorian Era. She married a cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, when they were both seventeen years old, and had seven children before his death in 1861 sent her into a long mourning period.
8. Elizabeth II (1952 - )

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was born in 1926, eldest child of Prince Albert, who became King George VI when his brother abdicated the crown. She married Philip, a Greek and Danish prince, in 1947, and they had four children. She succeeded to the crown in 1952, with a formal and much-viewed televised coronation. Elizabeth's reign has been marked by the British Empire becoming the British Commonwealth, and a gradual further diminishment of the official role and power of the royal family amid scandal and divorce in her children's families.


For more on Prince William's American bloodline click on the following links to Coltons Point Times articles:

For more on the Gerrard family history in America see:

Friday, July 10, 2009
St. Clements Island and Manor - Four Centuries of Uninterrupted History

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