Royals: The Windsors

In this course we will look into the current British Royal family from the House of Windsor. With the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, many questions have been asked as to the purpose and role of the Royal family. This course provides a historical overview of the Windsor family, with the aim to help understand its influence and role since the founding of the dynasty at the beginning of the 20th century. We will also examine how the Royal family today is transforming itself from a traditional to a modern monarchy and establishing its presence in British society.

Featuring subject matter expert

Matthew Parris
Matthew Parris

Columnist at The Times

Matthew Parris joined The Times in 1988. He was the paper’s parliamentary sketch writer for 13 years and now writes a diary column on Wednesdays and an opinion column on Saturdays.

How did the abdication of Edward VIII at the time reflect on the popularity of the royal family?

One word answers the question of how the Windsors have contributed to British history - continuity.

Course Overview

  • Appreciate the history of the House of Windsor as a crucial part of British history in the 20th century.
  • Expose the consequences of George V renaming the royal house to Windsor.
  • Follow the short reign and abdication of Edward VIII, one of the most challenging periods of the monarchy.
  • See Queen Elizabeth’s sense of duty, a trait that has followed the Windsor family throughout history.
Course content
  • Full HD Video Lecture
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Certificate of Achievement





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