Her surname was chosen by King George V

In 1917, Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather King George V was on the throne. He chose the patriotic surname and dynasty name "Windsor," for his family, after the royal castle, and decreed that all of Queen Victoria's male descendants would also take that name. When Queen Elizabeth took to the throne in 1952, she decided to keep "Windsor," but in 1960, she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, decided that they wanted their direct descendants to have a different last name from the rest of the very large extended royal family. They chose "Mountbatten-Windsor" to be their immediate family's surname, which includes Lilibet.

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