The United Kingdom

  • Vernon Bogdanor
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


‘The Royal House of Britain’, declares Harold Nicolson in his biography of King George V, ‘can claim to be the oldest dynasty in Europe and by far the most ancient of our political institutions’.2 Elizabeth II lies in a direct line of descent from Egbert, King of Wessex in the 9th century; and, except for the brief Cromwellian interregnum between 1649 and 1660, the descendants of Egbert have reigned continuously in Britain for nearly twelve hundred years. It is this remarkable dynastic continuity which differentiates the British monarchy from heads of state in other countries.


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