Which European Royal Family is most closely linked to the British line of succession?


ROYAL FAMILIES are often linked as they share ancestry, but which European Royal Family is the British Royal Family most closely linked to?

The Royal Families around the world share closer links than expected. Many European monarchies have endured for centuries meaning they are often closely related. Queen Victoria was the longest-reigning British monarch of all time and many other royals share ancestors with Queen Victoria. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to which royal houses the Queen is most closely connected to.

Queen Victoria was the longest-reigning British monarch in history until Queen Elizabeth II beat her record.

Queen Victoria’s reign lasted 63 years and seven months, longer than any of her predecessors.

She inherited the throne at the age of 18 after her father’s three elder brothers died without surviving legitimate children.

During her life, Queen Victoria had nine children with her husband Prince Albert, many of whom went on to marry into other European Royal Families.

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Queen Elizabeth II news: Which European Royal Family is most closely linked to the Queen? (Image: GETTY)

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Queen Elizabeth II news: Many European royal houses are related to Queen Victoria (Image: GETTY)

Through Queen Victoria the following royals are now connected:

  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
  • King Harald V of Norway
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Felipe VI of Spain
  • King Carl CVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • King Philippe of Belgium
  • Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.


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Which European Royal Family is most closely linked to the British Royal Family?

Throughout history, the royals houses of Britain and Norway have been closely related.

This dates back to the Viking age when Norwegian kings ruled over parts of what is now Britain.

In modern times, luckily the relationship between the two countries is more harmonious than it was 1,000 years ago.

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Queen Elizabeth II news: The Norwegian Royal Family’s link to Britain dates back to the Viking age (Image: GETTY)

The Norwegian and British Royal Families are both descended from King Edward VII, who was the son of Queen Victoria.

This means the British and Norwegian royals are very closely related.

The British Royal Family is descended from Edward VII’s son, George V, and the Norwegian Royal Family is descended from Edward VII’s daughter Maud who married King Haakon VII.

King Haakon and Queen Maud lived largely in England before they came to Norway and she maintained a strong connection to England and typically visited during the winter months.

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King Harald V and Queen Elizabeth II are second cousins meaning he is the most closely related foreign royal to the Queen.

King Harald is currently 80th on the line of succession, but next year he will drop to 81st when Princess Beatrice gives birth to the Queen’s ninth great-grandchild.

When Queen Elizabeth was to travel on her first trip abroad as Queen in 1955, it was to her family in Norway.

During her reign, she also visited the Norwegian Royal Family in 1981 and 2002.

The following Norwegian royals are included in top 100 places to the British line of succession:

  • 80th – HM King Harald V of Norway
  • 81st – HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
  • 82nd – HH Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway
  • 83rd – HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway
  • 84th – Princess Martha Louise of Norway
  • 85th – Maud Angelica Behn
  • 86th – Leah Isadora Behn
  • 87th – Emma Tallulah Behn
  • 88th – Haakon Lorentzen
  • 89th – Olav Lorentzen
  • 90th – Christian Lorentzen
  • 91st – Sophia Lorentzen
  • 92nd – Ingeborg Ribeiro
  • 93rd – Victoria Ribeiro
  • 94th – Ragnhild Lorentzen Long
  • 95th – Alexandra Lorentzen Long
  • 96th – Elizabeth Lorentzen Long
  • 97th – HH Princess Astrid of Norway
  • 98th – Alexander Ferner
  • 99th – Stella Ferner
  • 100th – Carl-Christian Ferner.
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