Prince William, the Royal family and Freemasonry

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Prince William, the Royal family and Freemasonry

Lately many people are talking about Prince William's relation with Freemasonry. Almost since the beginning of the Grand Lodge of London and after the foundation of the United Grand Lodge of London, many members of the Royal family adhered to the Masonic Lodges in the country.

Freemasonry played an important role in the history of the British Empire and of the Royal family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha) also known in the 20th century as the House of Windsor.

The House of Windsor is the current royal house of the Commonwealth realms. It was founded by King George V by royal proclamation on the 17 July 1917, when he changed the name of his family from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the English "Windsor". Currently, the most prominent member of the House of Windsor is Elizabeth II, the reigning monarch of the Commonwealth realms.

Many of them were Grand Masters of the Craft: kings, dukes etc. The last Grand Master and also the one who rules the United Grand Lodge of England is HRH Duke of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and uncle of Prince William, future Crown Prince.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick; born 9 October 1935), is a member of the British Royal Family and grandchild of King George V. He has held the title of Duke of Kent since 1942.

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