Monarchs Poem

Poems and rhymes are a great way to remember lists and the following poems have been used in schools for years to help children remember the order of the British monarchs:-

Willie Willie Harry Stee
Harry Dick John Harry three;
One two three Neds, Richard two
Harrys four five six….then who?
Edwards four five, Dick the bad,
Harrys (twain), Ned six (the lad);
Mary, Bessie, James you ken,
Then Charlie, Charlie, James again…
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Georges four, Will four Victoria;
Edward seven next, and then
Came George the fifth in nineteen ten;
Ned the eighth soon abdicated
Then George six was coronated;
After which Elizabeth
And that’s all folks until her death.

. . . or

Willie, Willie, Harry, Ste,
Harry, Dick, John, Harry three;
One two three Neds, Richard two,
Harrys four five six, … then who?
Edwards four five, Dick the bad,
Harrys (twain), Ned (the lad);
Mary, Bessie, James the vain,
Charlie, Charlie, James again.
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Georges four, then Will, Victoria;
Edward seven, George and Ted,
George the sixth, now Liz instead.

(Source: BritanniaHistory.com)

2 Responses to “Monarchs Poem”

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Greetings;

    Perhaps this is the wrong website to ask, but to anyone’s knowledge is there a surviving signature of Henry VIII I might see…and if so where might it be found?

    Thank you, in advance

    J

  2. Claire says:

    Yes, there are various surviving letters written by Henry VIII and signed by him. See http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/henryviii/parchment/writing.htm for an image you can magnify. Others can be found at http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/7598/henry-viiis-love-letters-to-anne-boleyn/ (click on the photo to enlarge) and http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/henryviii/greatmatter/letter/largeimage93125.html. You’ll also find other in archives or by doing a Google image search.

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