Brits are clueless about royal history – with more than one in ten believing actor Hugh Grant is part of the monarchy, according to a poll. The study of 2,000 adults found 11 percent also assumed David Attenborough is related to the royal family, while others thought the same of Keira Knightley (10 percent) and Colin Firth (10 percent).
Family history also proved problematic, with 14 percent unable to identify a picture of Queen Victoria, while 12 percent didn’t know what Henry VIII looked like.
And while the royal family changed their name to Windsor during World War I, just 48 percent knew they were previously known as Saxe-Coburg.
Instead, 15 percent believed they were known as the Tudor family – despite these royals being on the throne hundreds of years earlier.
And only 65 percent knew that Henry VIII famously had six wives.
The research was commissioned by Lottoland.co.uk, which is putting Britain’s royalty knowledge to the test this May with a special monarchy edition of its Yeardle quiz.
A Lottoland spokesman, said: “Many of us love reading about the royal family. They are figure heads for the UK, and are known around the world.
“But it seems many are confused by the monarchy and its history – even when it comes to previous kings and queens.
“More importantly, the fact that celebrities and icons, such as Hugh Grant and David Attenborough, are even thought of as members of the royal family, speaks volume in terms of the nation’s knowledge of the British monarchy.
“The royal edition of Yeardle can’t come soon enough!”
The study also found 29 percent of adults enjoy keeping up with the royal family – but 33 percent admitted they aren’t that confident when it comes to recalling the people involved, and key dates.
And 45 percent felt they should know more about royal history – with the top reason for this being that it is seen as central to British culture (54 percent).
Finding it interesting (48 percent), being able to offer an opinion in conversations (27 percent), and the topic coming up regularly in pub quizzes (24 percent), were also incentives for adults to better understand the royal family.
But 66 percent find royal history confusing – thanks to the timeline going back so far (50 percent), monarchs all having similar names (47 percent), and the variety of different titles (43 percent).
And 24 percent believe the royal family structure is unclear – with 13 percent unaware Prince William is heir to the throne.
Despite this, 40 percent think events such as the coronation and the jubilees encourage them to learn more about its history.
More than half (52 percent) tune into documentaries to learn more about the subject, while 40 percent like to read online articles.
And 22 percent feel they’ve learned more from popular Netflix show, The Crown.
The research, carried out via OnePoll, found that despite the lack of knowledge, 19 percent are planning to watch the King’s coronation, while others will attend street parties, bake cakes, or even host a royal-themed party.
The Lottoland spokesman added: “It’s good to see people keen to understand more about British culture and the history of the royal family.
“And with the King’s Coronation taking place this weekend, it’s the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge, and commemorate what will be a historical occasion.”
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