Poetry by Jeff Green


The Kings and Queens of England

by cricketjeff on February 15, 2009.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

Not by me, it’s traditional!!!

Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste,
Harry, Dick, John, Harry three,
One, two, three Eds, Richard two,
Henries four, five, six – then who?
Edwards four, five, Dick the bad,
Two more Harries, Ned the lad,
Mary, Bessie, James the vain,
Charlie, Charlie, James again,
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Then four Georges, William, Victoria,
Edward, George, then Ned the eighth
Who quickly goes and abdicates
That leaves George, then Liz the second,
With Charlie next or so it’s reckoned.
That’s the way our monarchs lie
Since Harold got it in the eye!

Author notes

This is from my memory, something reminded me of it earlier and a friend didn’t know it so I put it here. It is not a quite accurate list there are several two part reigns during the Wars of the Roses and Matilda (arguably the rightful Queen rather than Stephen), Louis (French King who ruled here after being invited in to get rid of John’s corruption) Lady Jane Grey (acknowledged as Queen by Parliament despite her mother being alive who should by the argument that made Jane Queen have been Queen instead of Mary) are all missing as are Oliver and Richard Cromwell who were Kings in all but name during the interregnum between the Charlies. Also Will and Mary were really succeeded by Will on his own when Mary died.