I don't know about you, but I am getting pretty tired of the British Royals. Lets dispatch them (literally in one case) as quickly as possible.
Queen Elizabeth was a great monarch. Her successors of course suffer in comparison. Some seem absolutely cartoonish, a feature that may sneak into my narrative. Maybe its the wigs.
We have already met King James I. He was ok, but not very charismatic. His son Charles I had a little more personality, but was always in trouble with Parliament. Its not all his fault, Parliament was always wanting to do stupid things like go to war over mistreatment of Protestants in Europe. They would egg King Chuck on until he reluctantly tried to take action, then badger him about money to do so.
Eventually it got so bad that civil war broke out between Parliament and the Royalists.
You don't really need to know that much about the English Civil War. But it lasted from 1642 to 1651. It slowed the British settlement of America, although Jamestown and several Charlestowns got started beforehand. And the two factions were distinguished by their fashion sense.
Supporters of the Royal party were the Cavaliers:
After Victoria, well the best you can say is that the Royal Family means well, and that the incidence of Royal hanky panky seems to be down by about 12% since the advent of the tabloid press. With the recent Royal Wedding bringing in some fresh genetics the current Queen may have reason to hope that at some point in the intermediate future her descendants will have more intelligence and less inbreeding than her Corgis...