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English Monarchs Quiz

Can you guess the names of the kings and queens who have ruled England since the time of the Norman conquest?
Includes uncrowned monarchs, but not disputed claimants
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Last updated: September 8, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 2, 2013
Times taken307,525
Average score76.9%
Rating4.87
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House of Windsor
2022–
III
Charles
1952–2022
II
Elizabeth
1936–1952
VI
George
1936
VIII
Edward
1910–1936
V
George
1901–1910
VII
Edward
 
 
 
House of Hanover
1837–1901
 
Victoria
1830–1837
IV
William
1820–1830
IV
George
1760–1820
III
George
1727–1760
II
George
1714–1727
 
George
 
 
 
House of Stuart
1702–1714
 
Anne
1689–1694
II
Mary
1689–1702
III
William
1685–1688
II
James
1660–1685
II
Charles
1649–1660
Commonwealth
1625–1649
 
Charles
1603–1625
 
James
 
 
 
House of Tudor
1558–1603
 
Elizabeth
1553–1558
 
Mary
1547–1553
VI
Edward
1509–1547
VIII
Henry
1485–1509
VII
Henry
 
 
 
House of York
1483–1485
III
Richard
1483
V
Edward
1471–1483
IV
Edward
 
 
 
House of Lancaster
1470–1471
VI
Henry
 
 
 
House of York
1461–1470
IV
Edward
 
 
 
House of Lancaster
1422–1461
VI
Henry
1413–1422
V
Henry
1399–1413
IV
Henry
House of Plantagenet
1377–1399
II
Richard
1327–1377
III
Edward
1307–1327
II
Edward
1272–1307
 
Edward
1216–1272
III
Henry
 
 
 
House of Anjou
1199–1216
 
John
1189–1199
 
Richard
1154–1189
II
Henry
 
 
 
House of Blois
1135–1154
 
Stephen
 
 
 
House of Normandy
1100–1135
 
Henry
1087–1100
II
William
1066–1087
 
William
+19
Level ∞
Mar 25, 2014
Updated to require only the name and not the number.
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Level 84
Mar 31, 2014
Plays like my Presidential First Names quiz now. For some reason I aced this quiz before when you had to enter all the numbers and this morning missed several. Probably because I didn't get enough sleep last night.
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Level 49
Sep 28, 2021
Why is only the 'i' of 'Presidential First Names' a link?
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2022
I love how you colored the 'i' in your post blue.
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Level 24
Mar 31, 2014
Makes things real simple. It would be nice to see some more challenging history quizzes featured.
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Level 38
Mar 31, 2014
makes it way too easy
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Level 71
Apr 22, 2022
Really a silly argument. If you know 'Edward' was a king, you can just add numbers until it's not accepted, then move on. The difficulty is unchanged.
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2014
I like it better this way. It's not really easier, just less typing. I was going to add the Anglo-Saxon kings, but they are numerous and difficult to spell! And if you like challenging history quizzes, there are a lot coming up. Just don't complain if you don't know the answers. :) Of course, if you really want a challenge, try naming the popes!
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Level 46
Apr 15, 2018
If he added the anglo-saxons, here's a question - what about the danish kings? Would they be on the quiz as well? It would probably cause some arguments. Let's keep it as it is.
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Level 31
Apr 29, 2020
They put Commonwealth for Cromwell
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Level 53
Jan 12, 2021
I think this is the juncture for a shameless plug for my Anglo-Saxon and Danish kings of England quiz
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Level 17
Nov 1, 2014
What about Oliver, as in Oliver Cronwell
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Level 76
Nov 30, 2014
Decisively not a monarch.
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Level 81
Dec 4, 2015
He said himself that he wasn't a monarch.
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Level 81
Jul 29, 2016
pretty sure that you meant "Cromwell", not "Cronwell", right?
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Level 50
Dec 5, 2016
Not a monarch but did he not want his son to succeed him?
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Level 58
Feb 10, 2017
he was not king
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Level 5
Jan 14, 2018
Oliver Cromwell was the head of Parliament, who ruled when he executed Charles I. When he died, his son took over but got bored and Charles II claimed it.
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Level 5
Jan 14, 2018
Thanks for making it easier! I got all but one: King John
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Level 46
Feb 7, 2019
my ancestors helped with the norman invasion
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Level 52
Mar 31, 2014
Great quiz. Will you consider extending it to include Anglo-Saxon monarchs?
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2014
I'd like it if you had to put them in order rather than just remember a handful of first names
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2014
Just found there is such a quiz
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Level 32
Apr 1, 2014
I would like to thank Horrible Histories
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Level 21
Jul 4, 2014
Haha same.

William, william, henry stephen, henry, richard, John. OI!

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Level 27
Sep 11, 2015
If you have watched and learnt the song from horrible histories this quiz is a piece of cake :D
+6
Level 79
Apr 29, 2020
Me after memorising the lyrics: hold my mead
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Level 22
Jun 11, 2022
William, William, Henry, Stephen

Henry, Richard, John, oi!

Henry, Ed, Ed, Ed, Rich two

Then three more Henrys join our song

Edward, Edward, Rich the third

Henry, Henry, Ed again

Mary one, good Queen Bess

Jimmy, Charles and Charles and then

Jim, Will, Mary, Anna Gloria

George, George, George, George

Will, Victoria

Edward, George, Edward, George six

And Queen Liz two completes the mix

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Level 46
Sep 8, 2022
Not anymore lol
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Level 77
Sep 13, 2022
From now on "Liz and Charles complete the mix", I guess...
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Level 20
Feb 3, 2023
Made it too easy
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Level 43
Jun 16, 2022
I know! Me too I also memorised it
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Level 16
Apr 18, 2014
I miss the old quiz! It made you know more information :(
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Level 16
May 8, 2014
I liked it when I had to put the number, it made it more exciting!
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Level 44
May 28, 2014
There should be a 14th member of this list. Queen Jane reigned for 14 days in 1533 before she was executed in the Tower of London.
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Level 52
Apr 29, 2020
I think it was nine days, not fourteen, but good point!
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Level 53
Jan 12, 2021
True! Never crowned, but then nor was Edward VIII. But go down that route and you can end up with a Queen Matilda and even maybe a King Lewis and all sorts of confusion.
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Level 48
Sep 9, 2022
Which brings me to the question why is Charles on here already?He won't be crowned until the summer.
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Level 24
Feb 19, 2015
i only got the basic stuff like richard and henry and edward i got about half marks and being from britain is that bad
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Level 27
Mar 11, 2015
Missed Steven. Without needing to put in numbers, this quiz was too easy. After you've typed Elizabeth, Edward, George and Henry, you're almost done!
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Level 69
Jan 29, 2020
Why does typing the numbers make it harder, it's just more typing.
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Level 46
Dec 25, 2021
Because you need to know what number the king/queen was...
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2015
The Edward that ruled 1901-1910 wasn't the 8th monarch of that name; his grandson, the one who abdicated, was.

Also, he wasn't of the House of Windsor, he was of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. His son, George VI, changed the name to Windsor in 1917. Edward had then been dead for seven years, and the namechange was of course not retroactive.

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Level 56
Sep 9, 2015
You just made the same mistake! Edward VII's son who changed the family name was George V not VI.
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Level 56
Sep 9, 2015
You can fill in the I when there has been a II. Queen Elizabeth was only so called until 63 years and 216 days ago, but then she became Queen Elizabeth I. When she was succeeded by the, as of today, longest reigning monarch in English history.
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Level 26
Sep 9, 2015
Uh, no, Queen Elizabeth I became Elizabeth the First when the second Queen Elizabeth was crowned in the 1950s. That didn't change when Elizabeth II succeeded Victoria as the longest reigning monarch.
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Level 77
Sep 9, 2015
Exactly what LarryLovage wrote.
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Level 56
Sep 9, 2015
I hate these multiple box fill-ins, and quiz answers where they ask "which King did such and such" and it just accepts the first name.

Kings and Queens - full name and number is my new quiz for pernickety full name-ists like myself.

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Level 54
Jul 6, 2021
Hate to be pernickety, but you made a typo. 😛
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Level 59
Sep 9, 2015
Horrible Histories served me well.
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Level 76
Sep 9, 2015
What are Horrible Histories?
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Level 81
Oct 17, 2015
Horrible Histories is a series of children's books by Terry Deary that was made into a brilliant comedy TV series. They do a song each episode and one was the Kings and Queens of Britain. You should look it up, it's great.
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Level 84
Oct 22, 2015
I agree, very good series. Entertaining for children and adults alike. I bought the whole series on DVD for my nephews and nieces. As a grandmother it's something you ought to check out, ander.
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Level 73
Sep 9, 2022
I read this and for a second I was thinking, wait, kal’s a grandma?
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Level 56
Sep 15, 2015
I got all of them but nearly forgot queen victoria
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Level 57
Oct 26, 2015
Would be more challenging to have to put them in chronological order.
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Level 44
Nov 28, 2015
Surprisingly easy- most Kings were named Henry, William, George or Edward. That handles 26 of them already, and it's MUCH easier to remember the Queens since there were far fewer of them.
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Level 89
Feb 10, 2016
Roman numeral is wrong for Edward VII (currently shows as VIII).
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Level ∞
Feb 10, 2016
Fixed
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Level 67
Aug 28, 2016
Only forgot Anne. Sorry about that, Anne.
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Level 49
Nov 18, 2016
I am curious as to why Lady Jane Grey is not on the list. The 9 day queen.
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Level 35
Dec 4, 2016
10/13
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Level 58
Feb 10, 2017
forgot JOhn and Stephen
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Level 87
Jun 26, 2019
Stephen seems totally random. Nobody wanted to be named after him.

I can remember King John because he was played by some kind of a panther thing with a pet snake wearing a short, short cape in Robin Hood by Disney. Sir Hiss.

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Level 75
Feb 20, 2017
Edward VIII's house was Saxe-Coburg, not Windsor.
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Level 64
Feb 25, 2017
All of them with 0:58 remaining. I'm trying the Name the Popes quiz after this.
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Level 74
Mar 7, 2017
Edward VII was House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha - his son George V started out as that too then changed the name to Windsor during WW1
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Level 44
Mar 19, 2017
Anyone else sing the horrible histories song?
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Level 44
May 19, 2017
Please accept Ann for Anne.
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Level 71
May 25, 2017
That's not how she spelled her name; it was always Anne.
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Level 28
Jul 27, 2017
How...DID...I...FORGET...VICTORIA?
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Level 75
Aug 20, 2017
Freaking unimaginative lot, our "royal family". Only 13 different names in a millennium, and not as if the next three in line will change it (by which time, hopefully it'll disappear as the anachronism it is, but that's another story)
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Level 81
Oct 16, 2017
They can always choose a different name, like the previous king, known as Bertie. But looking around Europe this is out of fashion now, apart from the popes.
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Level 77
Apr 29, 2020
there are plenty of other monarchies in Europe. I'm a (British) republican but it's not something I feel really strongly about. It's rather a daft system but it does kind of work.
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Level 29
Nov 22, 2017
Why does Elizabeth give two answers, but George only one?
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Level 36
Dec 15, 2017
Easy! Should do a quiz where you have to get them in order.
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Level 48
Dec 19, 2017
Lady Jane Grey really should be on this list. She was definitely the monarch for 9 days, disputed or not.
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Level 20
Dec 25, 2017
exactly 2:00 left
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Level 71
May 15, 2018
You Americans do know there's a difference between England and Great Britain, right?
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Level 34
Jun 10, 2018
Henry VIII (Protestant) died and his son Edward (Protestant) became King.When he died, aged 15, in his will he stated his half-sister, Elizabeth (Protestant) was illegitimate, because even though she was born in wedlock, Henry VIII and Anne Bolyen's marriage had been annulled (it basically never happened...) and because Mary was a Catholic and he wanted to carry on the Protestant way of things, he wanted his cousin Jane (Protestant) to be Queen. But years before, his dad, Henry VIII and Parliament had brought a law in, the Act of Succession, that put Mary and Elizabeth in line behind his son Edward. the Treason Act made it an offence to interrupt that line of Succession, so what Edward wanted, he could not have without Parliament changing that law. Edward could cry "Jane" from the rooftops, but the Law said different. The Privy Council changed their collective mind, and declared Mary as Queen. Jane was never crowned.
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Level 62
Aug 17, 2020
although being crowned isnt necessary to be monarch

Edward the 8th was never crowned, and Elizabeth 2 became queen in 1952, but wasnt crowned until 1953

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Level 53
Jan 12, 2021
Henry VIII wasn't a Protestant by the way – he never allowed any changes to church practices during his reign, but did allow an arrest warrant to be issued for his last wife because of her outspokenly Protestant views.
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Level 29
Jun 11, 2018
Try the yellow box version here
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Level 23
Jun 13, 2018
I am personally NOT a fan of yellow box!
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Level 60
Jul 27, 2018
No King Arthur?! Pffff. I call bollocks!
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Level 74
Sep 24, 2018
Edward VII did not belong to the House of Windsor. He belonged to the House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha as indeed did his son George V until the name was changed to the less German sounding more patriotic Windsor during the First World War in 1916 or 1917...
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Level 32
Nov 17, 2022
Oh. I see how the houses in Harry Potter came into being, a British thing. Or should i have said an English thing?

In my country we have this presidential thing which seems to work, kind-a, sort-of, mostly

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Level 66
Dec 16, 2018
43 rulers, 13 names :)
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Level 27
Feb 10, 2019
I would love the same quiz but where you actually have to know each persons name like in the right order (in addition to this quiz which is also great)
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Level 26
Mar 21, 2019
Did this quiz while listening to the Horrible Histories song
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Level 84
Nov 7, 2019
Clicked on this quiz with forlorn hope only to find it much easier than I anticipated. Only missed Steve.
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Level 66
Jan 29, 2020
He asked to tell you he misses you too!
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Level 53
Feb 14, 2020
Just putting in most stereotypical old British names and got this done with like 1 minute left :D
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Level 65
Feb 22, 2020
A song to help you remember them all in order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH_HsQWbhlQ
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Level 52
Apr 29, 2020
Next time you edit, could you please add the Saxon/Viking kings? Fun quiz!
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Level 67
Apr 29, 2020
Any chance of a one where you have to include the number also? This one is too easy :) I've been using this as a quiz for my 9 year old while in lockdown
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Level 55
Apr 29, 2020
*every child that grew up with horrible histories rises slowly from their seat*
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Level 36
Apr 29, 2020
There hasn't been a English monarch since 1706 it turned into the British monarchy

So this is incorrect

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Level 49
Dec 15, 2020
theyre still the english monarch too :)
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Level 40
Apr 29, 2020
CGP Grey helps with this
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Level 74
May 21, 2020
Good quiz but it could be even better if one had to name them in order - too easy otherwise. The title of course is wrong - it should be English and British monarchs. And finally, Edward VII and George V were of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha until the latter changed the family name to Windsor in World War One...
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Level 30
Jun 19, 2020
Lady Jane Grey is missing, Queen for 9 days in 1553
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Level 54
Apr 4, 2021
She's a disputed claimant. Not included in the quiz.
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Level 43
Apr 27, 2021
The Horrible Histories monarchs song actually came in handy after all nearly ten years after memorising it XD
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Level 23
May 12, 2021
did it with 2:36 left :)
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Level 32
Jul 31, 2021
All monarchs are BRITISH from 1603. The last English monarch was QE first!

Therefore the title of the quiz is a little misleading.

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Level 71
Aug 9, 2021
how come henry vi and edward iv are listed twice?
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Level 57
Aug 12, 2021
Henry was the king for a bit, then he was taken off the throne and Edward was put on, then Henry got the throne back and then lost it again a year later, leading to Edward regaining power
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Level 15
Aug 28, 2021
I always thought it started with Egbert and the 2 dozen plus before William. Or are we just counting the French and German Monarchs? Alfred the Great may be upset.
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Level 22
Jun 11, 2022
There were many more before William but we generally start from him because that was the last time we were invaded.
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Level 28
Oct 28, 2021
EZ they had 13 names
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Level 67
Dec 23, 2021
Wow, their names are almost as recycled as their genetics.
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Level 22
Jun 11, 2022
You would think that they could be a bit more creative.
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Level 16
May 19, 2022
Thanks horrible historys monarch song lol
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Level 22
Jun 11, 2022
William, William, Henry, Stephen

Henry, Richard, John, oi!

Henry, Ed, Ed, Ed, Rich two

Then three more Henrys join our song

Edward, Edward, Rich the third

Henry, Henry, Ed again

Mary one, good Queen Bess

Jimmy, Charles and Charles and then

Jim, Will, Mary, Anna Gloria

George, George, George, George

Will, Victoria

Edward, George, Edward, George six

And Queen Liz two completes the mix

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Level 87
Sep 8, 2022
Charlie 3 is getting tons of clicks.
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Level 22
Jun 11, 2022
Where is Lady Jane Grey?!
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Level 55
Jul 12, 2022
was she ever sworn in? i mean totally girlboss but apart from being named queen after edward was she ever officially crowned?
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2022
Somewhere under the Tower of London, I believe.
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Level 81
Jul 14, 2022
Edward VII was *not* part of the House of Windsor. George V changed the family name in 1917, seven years after the death of Edward VII. He should be listed under the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
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Level 62
Sep 8, 2022
Rest In Peace Her Majesty, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
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Level 66
Sep 9, 2022
All hail Charles, third of his name, godfather of a dragon. Long may he reign!
+14
Level 89
Sep 8, 2022
Quickest update to a Jetpunk quiz I've ever seen. RIP Queen Elizabeth II.
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Level 54
Sep 8, 2022
rip legend :(
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Level 66
Sep 8, 2022
the only things faster than light are wikipedia editors and jetpunk users
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Level 84
Sep 8, 2022
Interesting to see that my points still remain since Charles has the same name as previous kings. And with William and George next in line, I probably won't see a differently named British monarch in my lifetime.
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2022
Depends on what name they decide on - they can choose any of their names as their official monarch name. So we could have an Arthur I, a Philip I, or a Louis I, potentially followed by an Alexander I or a Louis I or II...
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Level 87
Sep 8, 2022
Interesting there are only 9 names for 37 male monarchs and 4 names for only 6 females. Maybe they can start using modern naming trends and have a Queen Zandaryna or King Fyllip.
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Level 83
Sep 9, 2022
I thought "royal speculation" was that the former Prince Charles would never choose to reign as King Charles. But now he's done exactly that. Perhaps he figures he can wear the name better than his predecessors!
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Level 27
Sep 8, 2022
they really updated this quiz already
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Level 61
Sep 9, 2022
My thoughts exactly
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Level 55
Sep 9, 2022
If the quiz wasn't updated immediately then people would of spam commented to update the quiz..
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2022
They had the “next in line” answer cued up for Charles III already, so it didn’t reset the answer stats or anything. Although… I wonder if the quizmaster predicted this was going to happen this year by having then Prince now King Charles in the quiz already.
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Level 73
Sep 9, 2022
I doubt it because in his predictions for the year he had an 85% chance that Queen Elizabeth would still be alive at the end of 2022.
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Level 67
Sep 9, 2022
God save King Charles III
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Level 58
Sep 9, 2022
RIP HMTQ

God Save The King

Sept. 2022

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Level 64
Sep 9, 2022
May her majesty rest in peace
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Level 30
Sep 9, 2022
Type in Henry and you will get tons of ones right lol
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Level 31
Sep 9, 2022
I got 7/13 and I'm american. good enough for me
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Level 34
Sep 9, 2022
ain't no way this is already updated
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2022
Please please please amend Edward VII to be under House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Putting him under Windsor is grossly historically incorrect.

Rest in peace HM The Queen; God save the King.

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Level 42
Sep 9, 2022
It's still weird to read Charles name on here. RIP to our Queen, from Brazil.
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Level 40
Sep 10, 2022
RIP to the queen, from Ireland. King Charles doesn't sound right.
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Level 71
Sep 12, 2022
Why do Americans not get the difference between English and British?
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2022
You do realize that some of these monarchs did not rule Scotland and Wales, right?
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Level 71
Oct 19, 2022
Stereotypically, I thought Americans were the ones who were supposed to go around asking, "why doesn't the entire world know everything about us?"
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Level 22
Feb 3, 2023
While that may be true, mixing up English and British is like calling the US, Washington or the EU, Belgium.
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Level 44
Jan 12, 2023
Edward VII was not House Windsor.

The name didn't change until the reign of George V.

Edward VII was House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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Level 22
Feb 3, 2023
I believe King James I is correct as he was King James the sixth and first or first and sixth.