Best British Monarchs

The Top Ten
1 Elizabeth I

Elizabeth in terms of political skill was by far the best monarch we've ever had. I would actually query Charles II being so high up. Considering that he contributed to our high national debt today, brought us to the brink of civil war again by appointing Catholics to high office, tried to change the state religion, and went to war with the Dutch, our historic allies, to aid the french which cost us dearly for little benefit, he is not a good monarch by any means.

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

Best monarch under a very difficult & challenging circumstances.

Defeated the Armada and inspirational to her people.

2 Victoria

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

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

She expanded Britains empire and lead England in an Industrial Age of new inventions. She was a great leader she is probley the best British monarchy

Agree very much of Victoria in the best monarch topics in high regard.

3 Elizabeth II Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). Her father acceded to the throne in 1936 upon the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, making Elizabeth the heir presumptive. She was educated privately at home and began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, and their more.

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

Love you! 92 years old and going!

Definitely - I love the Queen!

The best by far

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.

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.

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.

He was devoted to his wife and children!

5 Charles II

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

6 Henry V

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

A personal favorite. He soundly whopped France's behind (most famous of course is Agincourt).

7 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.

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

Good king after his useless brother.

8 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.

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

Has the body of a good king.

9 George V

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

10 Alfred the Great

First king of England, great sponsor of the arts and fine warrior.

The Contenders
11 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 hold on Normandy was secure, and he launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The rest of his life was marked by struggles to consolidate his hold over England and his continental lands and by difficulties with his eldest son.
12 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.

13 Eleanor of Aquitaine

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

14 William III

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

15 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.

What a machine

16 Henry II (Henry Plantagenet)
17 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.

18 Edward III

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

Overshadowed by his Grandpa, but did really good in France (as a conqueror).

19 Anne
20 Richard III

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

Completed much in a short reign.

So beautiful and kind x

21 King Arthur
22 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.

23 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?

24 Empress Matilda

Amazing, strong character and a good role model.

25 Mary II

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

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