Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A Baltic Blue Blood

The Vilnius newspaper Lietuvos Rytas has broken the news that Queen Elizabeth II has a speck of Lithuanian DNA in her cells.

According to new research, the Queen is descended through 20 generations from Lithuania's 14th-century ruler the Grand Duke Gediminas. The link runs via the Polish royal family, the Hohenzollerns and Hannover, the paper reported.
The Queen has no lack of distinguished ancestors. Her family tree includes, among others, William the Conqueror, Robert the Bruce and Harald Bluetooth, the Viking king of Denmark.

According to mediaeval legends, the kings of Britain are ultimately descended from the Greek goddess Aphrodite. [Link]
Coincidentally, Elizabeth was also born from the white foam produced by the severed genitals of heaven.

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