Someone has ranked every British pub by its royal namesake – and no one is close to this queen

In the history of England, there have certainly been beloved and, well, not so acclaimed rulers in the lineage of the monarchy. Perhaps a good indication of who has fared better in the public eye is the number of ads that bear their name.

A reddit user on the r/dataisbeautiful subreddit sorted UK pubs by the rulers they were named after, showing results as an infographic. As expected, there are certainly disparities between the historical rulers of the country.

The creator, ‘spicer2’, says in a comment that it used an existing dataset titled ‘Every Pub in England’ by Rachel Tatman to compile the rankings. They manually filtered the data by the names of the rulers – excluding any vague reference to the monarch as “king” or “queen” – carrying out additional research if necessary.

As several monarchs have the same or similar names, such as the numerous royal numbers Georges and Elizabeths, the creator says they used historical photos and Google StreetView to ensure the pubs were categorized correctly.

Queen Victoria is hugely popular among pub names, as infographics show that 222 UK locations are named after the 19th-century monarch. After Victoria, William IV with a slightly less impressive total of 62, followed by 50 pubs named after George III.

More than a few sovereigns do not appear in the rankings at all. Edward the Elder, Henry II, Edward VIII and many others simply did not make the cut.

While the infographic offers an interesting insight into British pub namesakes, it’s not without error. As the commenters of the article point out, the graph is incorrectly named “British monarchs with the most pubs named after them”, but only includes English pubs. The original user also states that the count includes social club bars, sports clubs and other venues – rather than strictly pubs.

While Britain’s current representative ruler, Elizabeth II, is said to drink four glasses a day, no English pub currently bears her name. Sorry, queen!

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