Guest poem requested by Christie le Goy, and almost simultaneously submitted by Christopher Martin:
(Poem #1361) English Monarchs
Willie Willie Harry Stee Harry Dick John Harry three; One two three Neds, Richard two Harrys four five six... then who? Edwards four five, Dick the bad, Harrys (twain), Ned six (the lad); Mary, Bessie, James you ken, Then Charlie, Charlie, James again... Will and Mary, Anna Gloria, Georges four, Will four, Victoria; Edward seven next, and then Came George the fifth in nineteen ten; Ned the eighth soon abdicated Then George six was coronated; After which Elizabeth And that's all folks until her death.
[Christopher's comments] I first read a version of this in Alan Bennett's play "Forty Years On" which however stopped at Victoria. This version I found on the web at http://www.britannia.com/history/h6.html There are no doubt many others. For those who aren't immediately reminded by it of their school years, the scrap of verse is supposed to put you in mind of: William the Conqueror William II (Rufus) Henry I (Beauclerc) Stephen (of Blois) Henry II (Curtmantle) Richard I (Lionheart) John (Lackland) Henry III Edward I (Longshanks) Edward II Edward III Richard II Henry IV (Bolingbroke) Henry V Henry VI Edward IV Edward V Richard III (Crookback) Henry VII (Tudor) Henry VIII Edward VI Mary I (Queen of Scots) Elizabeth I James VI of Scotland and I of England Charles I Charles II James II William II Mary II Anne (dead) George I George II George III George IV William IV Victoria Edward VII George V Edward VIII (abdicated) George VI Elizabeth II [Not mentioned in the list or the mnemonic are the Empress Matilda, only surviving legitimate child of Henry I, and mother of Henry II, who was deposed by her cousin Stephen; and Lady Jane Grey, who was queen for nine days in 1553 - t.] [Also omitted are the monarchs who ruled prior to the Battle of Hastings, though looking at their names -- Egbert and Aethelwulf through Eadwig and Svein to Hardicanute and Harold -- it's not hard to see why - t.]