As you may have heard, it’s been a big year for the British monarchy. Whether you think Prince William’s wedding was a well-deserved return to legitimacy or a waste of taxpayer money, it looks like the royals are back to stay for a good long while. The following sites contain a little more information about the Royals to help you sort tabloid from truth.
This list was prompted when someone asked me how many corgis Queen Elizabeth has. The answer- 4, plus 4 dachshund/corgi mixes that I refuse to call “dorgis-“ can be found on the 20 Most Asked Questions page of the British Monarchy’s official website, along with their names. This list is also where I learned that “[a]s a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.” The Monarchy’s official website, as you might imagine, contains a wealth of official information about the current Royal Family, their holdings, and their activities.
If all the geneological charts make your eyes cross like they do mine, The History Guy has concise lists of the members of the family in order of succession and in order of precedence. Precedence is their level of “seniority” at official events. For example, the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester is 19th in line for the throne, but he ranks just below her daughter Princess Anne (#10) in the general order of precedence. (The rules governing precedence include both tradition and law stretching back to the 16th century, and are a fascinating topic in themselves! This page provides a detailed overview.)
The Official Royal Wedding website is still up for those who missed the pomp and circumstance, or would like to revisit it, and the newlyweds have their own news site at dukeandduchessofcambridge.org.