Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Return of the Kings

Royal Line leads the House of Commons...

Prime Minister David Cameron is the great great great great great grandson of King William IV and his long term live-in mistress Dorothea Jordan (and thus 5th cousin, twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II).   As they were all illegitimate, none of William IV's children could succeed him so the throne passed to Victoria and down a different line.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg's paternal grandmother, Kira von Engelhardt, was a Russian Baroness whose German-Russian aristocratic family fled the Bolsheviks after the 1917 Russian Revolution. His great-great-grandfather, the Russian nobleman Ignaty Zakrevsky, was attorney general of the imperial Russian senate.

Leader of the Opposition Harriet Harman is related to David Cameron through her aunt's marriage to his great uncle (this discovery by amateur genealogist Tony Andrews was published by the Sun in May 2009).


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