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Royalty and ancestors
After having a lazy morning on social media and the internet, I came across a site where the topic of royalty and ancestors popped up. The question arose, ‘Who is related to royalty?’
It was like flooded gates had opened. Quite a few people came forward from those who have already done the research. The question I have; is having royal ancestors a right royal or a pain in the butt?
I was quite surprised by the response to find that with one simple question, of those who replied approximately 20 people said they had royals as ancestors and a few with multiple ancestors, but I guess that would make sense as they are related to each other. 😊
These people listed royals from Prince Charles to William the Conqueror with quite a few Kings & Queens in between.
Robert the Bruce
The first to be mentioned was Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scotts. (From a personal perspective, I actually met a young lady who is a Stewart – a direct descendant.) Wow!
Other royalties were Henry II, King James, King Richard, King Edward. The Plantagenets came up a couple of times as well as Lady Diana, and the Queen.
Someone also said that they were decendants of Sophie Rhys Jones who is the wife of Prince Edward. She recently discovered she’s a descendant of King Henry IV.
Having a royal listed in the family Tree sort of makes you feel special? Of those in this small group of people, those who are descendants of William the Conqueror have approx. 28 generations between them (26x Great Grandfather 😊). So how much of a relative are they anyway? It’d be an extremely small percentage.
Also, at what stage does the title G.Grandparent stop?
Royal rabbit hole
From here I went down a bit of a ‘royal’ rabbit hole and of course remembered after looking at a couple of articles, not only do the English royals have English ancestors they have European family members too.
For example, Prince Charles’s father Prince Philip is Greek and of Danish royal ancestors.
Plus, since 1066 the royal line came from Europe.
William the Conqueror wasn’t born in the UK. He came over from Normandy to attack and overcome the Anglo Saxons in the UK.
Some history books say William was born in Falaise France, and others seem to feel that it’s important to have him listed as of Viking descent.
It is said that his 3x Great Grandfather invaded and settled in the French region which is why it was named Normandy; the Scandinavian ‘Norseman’ who controlled it.
Although he knew of his heritage he was loyal to the French Kingdom.
Over the past 1000 years, the royals married royalty from other European countries which helped to keep the peace with the spouse’s country. this inity allows the kingdom appear bigger and stronger because of the alliance.
Plus, there’s the concern of making sure they weren’t ever labelled ‘common’ people.
Also, what of the Anglo-Saxon kings?
Did Edward the Confessor or King Harold II (pre 1066) have descendants?
Did they become lords or Earls and carry through that line of royalty? I wonder if I’ll come across anyone touting to be of this royal line? That’d be interesting.
Looking a little further down the ancestry path, it seems that those who do have ‘blue’ blood most probably came from Charlemagne. He was a medieval emperor who became king over the region of West Europe in 771.
Basically, as the article said, if we have ancestors in the UK or Europe, we are all descendants of Royalty so really, none of us are anything special.
In saying that, I’ll still put my hand up and believe that I’m special – if I can find a right royal person in my Family Tree. 😊
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