Ok, this breaking news has little or nothing to do with Our Vikings or Saxons… or does it?
I normally do not post such current events or news here but since it is a Royal birth, I feel that some announcement and congrats to the new family are in order!
Woooooo! Baby officially has a name now! Welcome to the world of Royalty, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana!
Kate Middleton delivered a princess.
Her name has not yet been revealed. Bookmakers set the odds most favorably for Alice, Charlotte, Victoria or Elizabeth.
Both mother and daughter were doing well, the palace confirmed, and all members of the royal family have been informed. Her husband, William, the Duke of Cambridge, was present throughout labor and delivery.
Why, you ask is this news worthy for our Viking and Saxon ancestors? Well, for that answer you need to look at this child’s ancestry through her Great Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II of England. Queen Elizabeth’s blood line lineage links her all the way back to the 7th century House of Wessex, which of course would include Our own King Ecbert and his son, Aethelwulf.
Through Elizabeth, this little girl and her older brother also have links to the history of Denmark and Norway. As a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Elzabeth is related to the heads of most other reigning and non-reigning European royal houses. Through her great-grandmother Queen Alexandra, she is descended from the Danish royal House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a line of the North German house of Oldenburg. (Other members of the House of Glücksburg include Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as well as Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Harald V of Norway, Queen Sofía of Spain and former King Constantine II of Greece—each of whom is also descended from Queen Victoria; one of her many cousins is King Juan Carlos I of Spain, also a great-great-grandson of Victoria.) Likewise, Elizabeth is descended from John William Friso, Prince of Orange, and his wife, Princess Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel, who are the most recent common ancestors to all reigning European monarchs.
And, last but certainly not least, this baby girl is the newest addition to the family and legacy of our Rollo, or Robert I of Normandy! So, I guess we could congratulate both Ecbert and Rollo on this new member of the family!
This decendency chart show Queen Elizabeth’s line back to William the Conqueror or William I of England. As we already know, William is a direct descendent of our Rollo!
|Monarch||Relation to Elizabeth II||Note on Closest Relationship|
|William I of England||22nd Great-Grandfather|
|William II of England||21st Great-Granduncle|
|Henry I of England||21st Great-Grandfather|
|Stephen of England||20th Great-Grandfather|
|Matilda of England||20th Great-Grandmother|
|Henry II of England||19th Great-Grandfather|
|Richard I of England||18th Great-Granduncle|
|John of England||18th Great-Grandfather|
|Henry III of England||19th Great-Grandfather|
|Edward I of England||18th Great-Grandfather|
|Edward II of England||18th Great-Grandfather|
|Edward III of England||17th Great-Grandfather||6th Great-Grandfather of James I (through Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley)|
|Richard II of England||16th Great-Granduncle|
|Henry IV of England||17th Great-Grandfather||16th Great-Grandfather of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon through Humphrey of Gloucester|
|Henry V of England||16th Great-Granduncle||Son of Henry IV|
|Henry VI of England||½-14th Great-Granduncle||Half-brother of Edmund Tudor, the father of Henry VII|
|Edward IV of England||14th Great-Grandfather||Father of Elizabeth of York, the wife of Henry VII and shares all his descendents|
|Edward V of England||13th Great-Granduncle||Son of Edward IV|
|Richard III of England||14th Great-Granduncle||Brother of Edward IV|
|Henry VII of England||13th Great-Grandfather||2nd Great-Grandfather of James I|
|Henry VIII of England||12th Great-Granduncle||Son of Henry VII|
|Edward VI of England||1st Cousin, 12 times Removed||Grandson of John Seymour, the 11th Great-Grandfather of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon|
|Jane of England||10th Great-Grandaunt||Sister of Catherine, the 9th Great-Grandmother of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon|
|Mary I of England||1st Cousin 13 times Removed||Granddaughter of Henry VII|
|Elizabeth I of England||1st Cousin 13 times Removed||Granddaughter of Henry VII|
|James I of England||9th Great-Grandfather||Great-Grandfather of George I|
|Charles I of England||8th Great-Granduncle||Son of James I|
|Charles II of England||1st Cousin 9 times Removed||Grandson of James I|
|James II of England||1st Cousin 9 times Removed||Grandson of James I|
|William III of England||1st Cousin 9 times Removed||Grandson of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, the 7th Great-Grandfather of Mary of Teck|
|Mary II of England||2nd Cousin 8 times Removed||Great-Granddaughter of James I|
|Anne of Great Britain||2nd Cousin 8 times Removed||Great-Granddaughter of James I|
|George I of Great Britain||6th Great-Grandfather|
|George II of Great Britain||5th Great-Grandfather||Grandfather of George III|
|George III of the United Kingdom||3rd Great-Grandfather||Great-Grandfather of Mary of Teck|
|George IV of the United Kingdom||2nd Great-Granduncle||Son of George III|
|William IV of the United Kingdom||2nd Great-Granduncle||Son of George III|
|Victoria of the United Kingdom||2nd Great-Grandmother|
|Edward VII of the United Kingdom||Great-Grandfather|
|George V of the United Kingdom||Grandfather|
|Edward VIII of the United Kingdom||Uncle||Son of George V|
|George VI of the United Kingdom||Father|
|Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom|
A quick background on William I or William the Conqueror in his relationship to our Rollo.
Norsemen first began raiding in what became Normandy in the late 8th century. Permanent Scandinavian settlement occurred before 911, when Rollo, one of the Viking leaders, and King Charles the Simple of France reached an agreement surrendering the county of Rouen to Rollo. The lands around Rouen became the core of the later duchy of Normandy.Normandy may have been used as a base when Scandinavian attacks on England were renewed at the end of the 10th century, which would have worsened relations between England and Normandy. In an effort to improve matters, King Æthelred the Unready took Emma of Normandy, sister of Duke Richard II, as his second wife in 1002.
Danish raids on England continued, and Æthelred sought help from Richard, taking refuge in Normandy in 1013 when King Swein I of Denmark drove Æthelred and his family from England. Swein’s death in 1014 allowed Æthelred to return home, but Swein’s son Cnut contested Æthelred’s return. Æthelred died unexpectedly in 1016, and Cnut became king of England. Æthelred and Emma’s two sons, Edward and Alfred, went into exile in Normandy while their mother, Emma, became Cnut’s second wife.
After Cnut’s death in 1035 the English throne fell to Harold Harefoot, his son by his first wife, while Harthacnut, his son by Emma, became king in Denmark. England remained unstable. Alfred returned to England in 1036 to visit his mother and perhaps to challenge Harold as king. One story implicates Earl Godwin of Wessex in Alfred’s subsequent death, but others blame Harold. Emma went into exile in Flanders until Harthacnut became king following Harold’s death in 1040, and his half-brother Edward followed Harthacnut to England; Edward was proclaimed king after Harthacnut’s death in June 1042.
Rollo is the great-great-great-grandfather of William the Conqueror. Through William, he is an ancestor of the present-day British royal family, as well as an ancestor of all current European monarchs and a great many claimants to abolished European thrones. A genetic investigation into the remains of Rollo’s grandson Richard I and great-grandson Richard II has been announced, with the intention of discerning the origins of the famous Viking warrior.
There! You now have the reasons that the birth of this baby girl, as yet un-named, is of interest to all of our Viking and Saxon ancestor relatives!
Now, one last history lesson regarding how and why this little girl is now 4th in line to the British throne and not just some average baby, which she and the rest of her family could easily ended up being! It has to do with another rather unstable period in the history of the British Monarchy… they have had quite a few of those times!
The late 17th century wasn’t exactly a stable time in England. King James II had created some major disgruntlement by converting to Catholicism—the King of England is the head of the (Protestant) Church of England, so that was a problem—and ended up fleeing the country. His daughter, Mary II, and her husband, William of Orange (William III), were Protestant, and ended up being given the throne by Parliament.
Around that time, as that side of James II’s family took the throne—rather than the Catholic children produced by his second marriage—Parliament passed a bill that was an attempt to settle who would inherit the throne, in order to avoid future revolutions and wars, which had tended to happen whenever that question didn’t have a clear answer.
Except the people to whom the law applied didn’t exactly cooperate by producing heirs. By 1700, Mary was dead and William was sick. Mary’s sister Anne, who was next in line as the oldest Protestant child of James II, had no more surviving children.
So Parliament made another law, the Act of Settlement of 1701, that said that the heirs of James I’s granddaughter, Sophia of Hanover, would be the heirs to the throne. When Queen Anne died in 1714, Sophia’s son became King George I. George I’s great-great-great-granddaughter was Queen Victoria, whose great-great-granddaughter is the current Queen Elizabeth.
But were it not for that 1701 act, the Catholic children of James II might have made a claim to the throne—at least, that’s what the people who wrote the act worried—and the new baby would have been just a random, extremely distant cousin of the actual royals.
But the Act of Settlement isn’t the only law that affects the young princess’ place in line. Until recently, she could have been bumped down if she ever had a younger brother. In 2011, the Act of Settlement was tweaked before Prince George’s birth, to ensure succession would not be affected by gender or by marriage to a Catholic. (Previously, daughters came to the throne only when there were no sons available.)
Even so, the monarch is still prohibited from being Catholic him or herself—something that has drawn criticism from those who wanted the reforms to go even further.
So, From all of the Viking, Norman and Saxon ancestors, Congratulations to the Royal Family of England on this the birth of your girl child! May she be healthy, happy and live a long and prosperous life!