Regnal name facts
- Example: Edward VII of the United Kingdom, born Albert Edward of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
A pope chooses a regnal name when he is elected. It becomes his new personal name.
- Example: Pope John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła,
The new name -- or sometimes the old one -- is followed by an ordinal number to create a unique name for the period in which the monarch is on the throne.
- Example: Elizabeth II is the current queen of the United Kingdom and many other Commonwealth Realms
Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603) was the 1st British queen named Elizabeth. She ruled over "Elizabethan" England. Her time on the throne was called the "Elizabethan era" or the "Elizabethan age".
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