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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 1 decade ago

Hamilton Abercorn family links with the Royal family?

I read that the Dukes of Abercorn are related to the Royal family. How are they related?

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    1 decade ago
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    The current Duke of Abercon is related to the British royal family through his wife, Alexandra Anastasia "Sacha" Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn (b. 27 February 1946, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.). The Duchess of Abercorn and her children (as well as her sister) are in the line of succession to the British Throne, 630th, as direct descendants of Sophia, Electress of Hanover. It is through their Russian grand ducal father that Alexandra and Natalia are descended from Sophia, Electress of Hanover.

    The Duchess of Abercon is related distantly to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Their maternal grandmother Lady Wernher was born Countess Anastasia de Torby (later Lady "Zia" Wernher), younger morganatic daughter of Grand Duke Michael Mihailovich of Russia (a grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia) by his wife Countess Sophie of Merenberg, morganatic daughter of Prince Nicholas of Nassau (himself brother of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg by his wife, the younger daughter of Russia's greatest poet Alexander Pushkin. Lady Zia's sister Nadezhda (or "Nada") was wife of the George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven, elder maternal uncle of Prince Philip. The Torby sisters were third cousins of the prince through their common ancestor Nicholas I.

    The Duchess of Abercorn is a close friend of the Duke of Edinburgh today, and her sister the Duchess of Westminster is a godmother of Prince William of Wales. The Duke of Abercorn was himself closely related to the late Diana, Princess of Wales whose father was his first cousin. Diana was born into an aristocratic family of royal Stuart descent. On her father's side, she was a descendant of King Charles II of England through four illegitimate sons, which makes The Duke of Abercorn an illegetimate descent of Queen Mary of Scot.

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