Best British Monarchs

The Top Ten

1 Elizabeth I

Best monarch under a very difficult & challenging circumstances.

Very skillful politician and inspirational during the Spanish Armada. Also would not suffer fools gladly!

Defeated the Armada and inspirational to her people.

She is always very pretty!

2 Charles II

Hid in a tree to escape what his father did not

What a legend! My favorite monarch. Was on the run from cromwell, slept in a tree (wow we love that) he was disguised as Lady Jane Lane's servant to flee to the Dorset coast. He helped put out the great fire of london hands on alongside the people. An all round nice guy- threw great parties and had adorable dogs. Best monarch

A king is supposed to be the father of his people, and Charles II definitely was father to a good many of them. He stayed in London to help put out the great fire and granted rights to the Irish people.

The Merry Monarch. Brought parties to the people, gave money to Great Fire of London firefighters, led the country through plague and the Great Fire of London, a nice guy

3 Victoria

Conquer almost half the world

Helped construct the British Empire into the powerhouse it is remembered as today.

She was an good monarch. She influenced a lot of the stuff we have today. RIP, your former majesty.

I like learning about Victoria and his one of the greatest rulers!

4 Henry VII

The last king to take the throne by force of arms. The good thing is not that he won his battle for the throne, but that having done so, he took the nation around the corner and left his successors a nation in which they did not need to, where succession was determined more peaceably.

There is nothing else to say is there? Agree Henry VII should literally take the crown. I would have put George V as a very close second, though. - Britgirl

He was devoted to his wife and children!

Left the country in a very secure state to Henry VI. Successfully curbed the power of the nobility to restore the dominance of the crown and properly dealt with any threats against him.

5 Elizabeth II Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth was born in London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was educated privately at home.

She is the best queen. She invited nelson Mandela in England even if his ministers did not agree, she participated in the WWii, she give money for more that 600 charity organizations and she positively change the political decisions of her ministers. God save the queen

Wooo she’s my idol! - VanillaFlare

Love you! 92 years old and going!

The best by far

6 Richard I

Richard Lionheart was a fantastic warrior and commander but no King of England. He only spent 6 months of his reign in England and his reckless return journey from the Third Crusade nearly crippled the English treasury after he got captured and held to ransom.

Has the body of a good king.

Powerful ruler who would have suceeded in defeating Saladin if he hadn't been betrayed.

7 Henry I

Introduced the nuts and bolts of the financial system we used today. Was a great force in Europe and conquered Normandy from his brother Robert, the first steps towards the Angevin Empire.

8 Edward IV

The last and best warrior king. His military feats are up there with England's greatest commanders. Paid off his predecessors debts and made the crown profitable. Built England into a trading nation that his successors greatly benefited from.

One of the greatest and underrated monarchs

Underrated monarch.

9 Henry V

Henry V conquered all of northern France and would of conquered all if he had not died.

Victory at Agincourt speaks for itself.

10 George VI

Never truly expecting the throne, a good man, father and King. Led us with Churchill through the war, but sadly died young at 56.

Good king after his useless brother.

Fought hard against his stammer and proved his worth as a ruler during World War II and presiding over the Commonwealth.

The Contenders

11 William III

A great military commander with his victory at Boyne and successfully kept the Jacobites and the French out.

12 George V

Great monarch

Great leader during World War I and helped save the country from political disaster after Ramsay MacDonald wanted to resign during chaos in government.

13 Henry II (Henry Plantagenet)

Conquered half of France, very successful - vvmax

14 Edward I

Restored faith in the monarchy after the lackluster reign of his father, Henry I. Became effectively overlord of Scotland and consolidated power in Wales.

15 Edward III

Started the Hundred Years War, making great headway into France. Also brought the English army up to date.

16 Richard III

So beautiful and kind x

A great monarch who achieved so much considering he only had a two year reign. He was a loyal brother who ruled successfully in the north as the Duke of Gloucester and as king made improvements to the justice system and gave England many great buildings. In my opinion he was sadly one of the many victims of the wars of the roses

17 Henry VIII

Interesting history but he did horrible things just because he wanted a son. Before he was a king he was good looking then he became king and became a fat grumpy old man wanting a son, killing or breaking up with wives.

Who put him on this list?

18 King Arthur
19 Mary II

A great combination with William I and ruled successfully whilst he was driving out invaders.

20 William the Conqueror William I, usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. The descendant of Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035. After a long struggle to establish his power, by 1060 his more.
21 Anne
22 Eleanor of Aquitaine

She was one of the powerful and wealthy women in Europe!

23 Empress Matilda

Amazing, strong character and a good role model.

24 George III

Besides losing the American Revolution, he was a great king.

25 King James
26 Isabella of France

She married Edward II who was horrible and even though she was known as the " She- Wolf of France", she has been known as the saviour of England from her husband's terrible ideas!

27 Margaret of Anjou

Wife of the failure Henry VI battled for her son's place for the throne from Edward IV. She had a strong character.

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