Is Queen Elizabeth II related to King Henry VIII?


THE British Royal Family tree is amongst one of the more complex in Europe, with nearly a millennia of history and dozens of heirs leading to Queen Elizabeth II. Is the Queen related to King Henry VIII?

Queen Elizabeth II has cultivated a range of titles in her decades-long reign, among them the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a role that hands her the reins of a British institution founded hundreds of years ago. Tudor monarch King Henry VIII, who was one of the country’s most infamous leaders, founded the church. Centuries later, the Queen has emerged as another landmark ruler who continues to follow the former King’s religious practices.

The Queen is another monarch who has become famous, having spent the longest on the throne of any other.

Her namesake follows Queen Elizabeth I, ruler of Elizabethan England who presided over the Age of Enlightenment and British passage into what would eventually become the United States.

However, there is no direct relationship between the two famed queens, as the latter Queen’s nickname suggests, she had no children.

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Royal Family tree: Is Queen Elizabeth II related to King Henry VIII? (Image: GETTY)

Royal Family tree: Queen Elizabeth I

Royal Family tree: Queen Elizabeth II is not directly related to Elizabeth I (Image: GETTY)

While there is no direct line between the two, the modern royals have a distant connection to the Tudors.

They owe their existence to Queen Margaret of Scotland, grandmother of Mary Queen of Scots, and King Henry VIII’s sister.

Writing on question and answer site Quora, Robert Stedall, an author of books on Tudor and Irish history, explained how the Scottish Queen fits in with the Windsor family.

He said by his reckoning the Queen has 1/32,768th part of Queen Margaret’s blood.

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Royal Family tree: The Queen is distantly related to Margaret Tudor (Image: GETTY)

Mr Stedall wrote: “Elizabeth II is descended from Henry VIII’s sister, Queen Margaret of Scotland the grandmother of Mary Queen of Scots.

“Mary’s son, James I of England had a daughter, Elizabeth ‘the Winter Queen’ who married Frederick V, the Elector Palatine.

“Their youngest daughter, Sophia, b. 1630 married Ernest Augustus, Elector of Hanover, and was nominated to succeed Queen Anne to provide an English Protestant succession.

“Although she died before Queen Anne, her son, George Lewis, Elector of Hanover, became George I and is a direct ancestor of Prince William.”

“By my calculations, this makes Henry VIII, the Queen’s 14 x great uncle, at which level she has a 1/32,768th part of Queen Margaret’s blood.”

The Queen’s regnal name directly follows her distant Tudor relation, but not because of her.

When asked which name she would go with in 1952, she allegedly wanted “My own of course — what else?”.

But she could have ended up with an entirely different name when she took the throne.

Kings and queens have done so in the past, notably the Queen’s uncle, Edward VIII.

He was known to his friends as David but became Edward as a matter of choice.

If she wanted, the Queen could have become Queen Alexandra or Mary instead of Elizabeth.


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