How many cousin marriages is the current Queen descended from?

I’m aware that the Queen is both 2nd and 3rd cousin to her own husband, Prince Philip, through two branches of their common family tree. And I’m aware that both the Queen and her husband are directly descended from the 1st-cousin marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. How many other cousin marriages is the Queen (and, thus, her children) the product of? For example, were Edward VII, George V, and their forebears married to their cousins?

Anonymous: There are many first cousin marriages

There are many first cousin marriages: Edward I and Margaret of France (once removed) Richard III and Anne Neville (once removed) Mary I and Philip II of Spain (once removed) Mary II and William III, (first cousins) George I and Sophia Dorothea George IV and Caroline of Brunswick Victoria and Albert Few unions produced children that survived with the obvious exception of Albert and Victoria and most are not in the direct line of descent of either the present Queen or her husband. The degree of co-sanguity is probably less than generally encountered in the population for the particular time period. Edward VII and Alexandra were third cousins and George V and Mary were second cousins, both once removed (George and Mary are both descendants of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were themselves second cousins, twice removed) . Even George VI was a thirteenth cousin of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, both having common ancestry as far back as Henry VII.


Regardless of how many, marriages between closely related people is only a problem, or becomes on, if something common to both, be it physical, or mental, starts to appear. And the RF have been addressing that by the marriage between Charles and Diana = William and Harry. And William has married outside his bloodline, as now, has Harry. I think Edward did the same although I've not checked whether there is any close relationship, blood-wise, between Andrew and Fergie = their 2 daughters. But one of them has now married outside the bloodline. The only condition that was around, much as she denied it was to do with her bloodlines, was one of the descendants of Victoria had homeophelia.


Imbreded as ever

Clo G.-B.

The second-third cousin relationship is through Victoria and King of Denmark as Christian IX of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg Royal House. Edward VII did not marry a first cousin; Alexandra was a third cousin. George V did not marry a first cousin; Mary of Teck was a second cousin once removed. George VI did not marry a cousin, marrying the non-royal Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon. If one goes far back into genealogy of humankind, one will find that most people have some sort of distant tie.

Louise C

Edward VII was not related to Alexandra as far as I know. But it is quite difficult for royalty to not be related to each other, since there has been so much intermarriage between royal families. If you go back far enough, you can usually find some link. But then you can do that with ordinary people too. Go back far enough, and we're all related.


Loads, its made them what they are. If you like that kind of thing.


Far too many to count -- going all the way back to pre-recorded history. And guess what? That's true for all of us, every single one of us. We are all the products of many, many cousin marriages, for the simple reason that populations were much, much smaller centuries and millennia ago, and people didn't travel much. Your ancestors living in Little Barking in the 12th century were marrying each other, and they'd been doing so for a long time. Sorry, dear, but this how the world in general operated until quite recently. You're the product of inbreeding just as much as the royals are. Your great-grandparents and great-great grandparents were probably cousins to a closer degree than even they knew.


Neither Edward VII, nor George V we’re married to first cousins. Victoria was the only British monarch to have married a first cousin