10 February 2013 - 09:10
Sovereign Relations Of Queen Elizabeth II


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It is a little known fact that most of the European, and even a lot of other international Monarchs are related to The Queen of the United Kingdom. This goes back to the days when Queen Victoria’s children married out of the family and into overseas Royalty, thus creating relations between the Monarchial heads of state of many countries.In this article, we will list some of The Queen’s Monarchial relations in order of proximity and details of their relationship with the Queen.

HM King Harald V Of Norway (2nd Cousin)

King Harald V of Norway and Queen Elizabeth II of the UK are 2nd cousins, King Harald is Queen Elizabeth’s closest relative who is also a Monarch. King Harald and Queen Elizabeth enjoy a warm relationship together, King Harald most recently saw Her Majesty at the Monarchs’ lunch for the Diamond Jubilee last year. King Harald is actually roughly 60th in line to the British Throne.The Queen made him a stranger Knight of the Most Noble Order Of The Garter in 2001 and a Knight Grand Cross (the highest honour in the Royal Victorian Order) of the Royal Victorian Order.

HM Queen Margrethe II Of Denmark (3rd Cousin)

Queen Margrethe and Queen Elizabeth are very close friends and also 3rd cousins. Both she and Queen Elizabeth II will become the only 2 Queen Regnants left in the world after Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates later this year. Queen Margrethe is said to be very close to Queen Elizabeth. Those who observe her in TV interviews and the like say she holds Queen Elizabeth in high regard and pays regular visits where possible.

Queen Margrethe is a Lady of the Order Of The Garter and a Dame Grand Cross (highest rank) of the Royal Victorian Order.

HM King Juan Carlos Of Spain (3rd Cousin)

Queen Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos are 3rd cousins. The Royal house of Spain and Great Britain share a very close relationship, King Juan Carlos and Queen Elizabeth are especially close. Queen Elizabeth calls him “Juanito” and King Juan Carlos calls her “Lilibet”, The Queen’s childhood nickname.

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Juan Carlos’s Consort Queen Sophía is also related, more closely to the British Royal Family. She is a second cousin to the Prince Of Wales, but also his fourth cousin through Queen Victoria, and a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. She is also a first cousin once removed of Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

HM King Carl XVI Gustaf Of Sweden (3rd Cousin)

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Elizabeth II are also third cousins. King Carl Gustaf is descended from Queen Victoria through two lines – through Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (Queen Victoria’s sons).

King Carl Gustaf is also related to Prince Philip through the same common ancestor.

King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden is actually 203rd in line to the British throne as well.

HM Queen Beatrix Of The Netherlands (5th Cousin)

Queen Beatrix Of The Netherlands is a 5th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth is said to enjoy a warm and close relationship with Queen Beatrix. Queen Beatrix was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1982 and also a stranger Lady of the Most Noble Order Of The Garter in 1989.

Queen Beatrix is to abdicate from the throne in April of this year to make way for her son, Prince Willem-Alexander to become King.

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix are said to be close confidantes and often pay. visits to each other.



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  • Alex David

    Fascinating article. King Albert II of Belgium is also related to the Queen–they are 4th cousins through Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent (her brother was the first King of the Belgians), which means she is also related to the House of Luxembourg! I think you have to travel outside of Europe to find a monarch she is NOT a cousin to!!

  • Thomas Sigar

    King Albert II of Belgium & the late Grand Duchess of Luxemburg are also 3rd cousins of Queen Elizabeth II, knowing that Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, who’s Albert & Josephine Charlotte’s grand mother is first cousin of King George V


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