During the first days of June 2022, the United Kingdom celebrated the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Platinum Jubilee).
PUZZLE. The royal weddings and other important ceremonies that take place regularly in England are an opportunity for many people around the world to take an interest in the historical facts related to the life of the British royal family.
These facts, evoked in the numerous reports broadcasted at each of these events sometimes refer to genealogies and are often limited to the possible cousinship with some celebrities.
The British Royal Family has Norman ancestors
Normandy is known as the site of the June 6, 1944, D-Day landings. What do we know about the region and its old history?
After the treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte during the year 911 between the king of the Franks Charles III the Simple and Rollon, a Viking chief, treaty which created Normandy, companions of Rollon were given territories, for example on the land which is now the department of Eure. These historical figures, who became some time later the lords of Beaumont-le-Roger or Harcourt, are among the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II (and not only).
Surprisingly, there are lines coming from these people that lead to Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, George Washington and Kate Middleton.
Mainly through the lineage of Margaret de Quincy de Beaumont (1154-1235) a line leads to Elizabeth II’s mother by the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and therefore to the current Queen’s descendants. Another line leads to Diana, princess of Wales and in so doing, back to William of Cambridge and Harry of Sussex. Thus, some ancestors of George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet, the grandchildren of Elizabeth II, are descendants at least twice of the first Norman lords (family tree see link below)
Most of the information was published by the author in 2011, on the web community part of the first national french newspaper at the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of Normandy (Photo : Wikilmages on Pixabay.com)