According to latest reports by Daily Mail, Australian genealogy expert Michael Reed discovered that the Duchess of Cambridge has clear links with Birmingham. Reed, of Hallam College, Melbourne, has been studying Kate’s pedigree since she married Prince William in 2011. Reed has studied her lineage and claims that Middleton has ties with two of the city’s elite families – the Chamberlains and the Martineaus. Read on for MNG’s Royal Family update to learn more about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pedigree.
The Chamberlain family produced innovative city leader Joseph and his son Neville, Prime Minister at the onset of the Second World War. The city centre square in Birmingham is dedicated to Joseph Chamberlain Birmingham. The Martineaus were another political family whose numbers included five consecutive generations of mayors or lord mayors of Birmingham.
To mark the centenary of Joseph Chamberlain’s death, Reed is said to be ready to present his research at a conference at Birmingham’s Newman University on July 4 and 5, 2014.
“Kate’s great great grandfather was Francis Martineau Lupton, a politician himself, and his first cousin was Birmingham Mayor Sir Thomas Martineau, a friend of Queen Victoria,” Sir Thomas’s nephew was Neville Chamberlain,” stated Reed in the Daily Mail report.
Kate’s political kith and kin were sturdily anti-war – hence against Hitler’s policy of appeasement.
“Sadly Francis Martineau Lupton’s son, Lionel Martineau, was one of many in Kate’s family killed in the First World War,” continued Reed.
The conference is co-organised with the Birmingham Council and political history groups. A dinner at the Chamberlain family’s Highbury Hall home in Moseley will be there following to conference.
The Daily Mail also reported that Elle Fanning and her sister Dakota have been revealed to have regal blood running in their veins, and are even far-flung cousins of the Duchess of Cambridge. Researchers have examined approximately 700 years’ worth of such historical documents as census records, birth and death certificates, baptism and burial records to find out their pedigree. An ancestry website even claims that the Hollywood actresses are in fact “long lost princesses” who are linked to King Edward III.
Reportedly, King Edward I also known as Longshanks, the grandfather of King Edward III, is an ancestral link between Middleton and the Fannings. Allegedly, Middleton’s mother Carole is the great granddaughter of Edward III. Hence, Elle and Dakota have a strong ancestral link with Kate Middleton.
“Generation after generation, the lines we looked at pieced back directly to King Edward III proving that Elle is a direct descendant of royalty,” “You can consider her a long lost princess. This connection is so unique and rare,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian for Ancestry.com, to People Magazine.
The Fanning girls aren’t the only ones in Hollywood with an unanticipated blood bond with the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. The Daily Mail also reported before that Ellen DeGeneres is said to be a distant cousin of the royal too.
And that’s it for MNG’s “Royal family” scoop. For more details coming up about the Royal Family, including Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as other entertainment news, stay tuned here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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