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After much discussion with colleagues, family and friends it was decided that the last English king was Richard III, from the House of York. What came before was either Saxon or French and what came after was Welsh (Tudors), Scottish (Stuarts), Dutch, German and so on.

All English monarchs have had non-English antecedents in their ancestry, so the question of who was and who was not English must rest on where they were born and where and how they were raised before ascending to the throne.

Although Victoria was born in England, she was raised by Germans and was said to speak with a German accent. But her son, Edward, and all subsequent monarchs of Great Britain have been considered to be thoroughly English, or British.

On the other hand, there has been no King or Queen, of England since the 1707 Act of Union, when the monarchs became Kings, or Queens, of Great Britain. So by that reckoning, Richard III would have been the last English Monarch of England, with the rest, before 1707 being from non-English dynasties (Welsh and Scottish) and after 1707 being Monarchs of Great Britain, not of England.

This is a decent answer, but I suspect that the person asking it does not mean literally English, but just who was our last king, and that was the present Queens father George V1

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The last British King to lead his army in battle was King George II at the battle of Minden in 1759

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King Edward

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