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The First World War was raging and Canadians were fighting for King and Country against the German Kaiser.

In London, the King Emperor George V who was himself a German Prince and first cousin of Wilhelm II decided in the face of mounting criticism to change the family name from Saxe-Cobourg Gotha to Windsor and renounce all his titles and possessions in Germany. Other family members inherited land and holdings which they hold to this day in Hanover and Hesse.