One thing we know is that the new Duchess of Cambridge is from a middle-class family. Both her parents were, at one time, flight attendants for British Airways.
So will she be Britain’s first middle-class queen?
Not according to The Spectator (12 March 2011).
She is apparently Henry VIII’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grand-daughter!
Before this beheading-loving king fell for Anne Boleyn, he had a four-year affair with her older sister, Mary. Mary Boleyn had two children: Catherine in 1524 and Henry in 1526.
Following Catherine’s line, almost five hundred years later, will lead us to one Kate Middleton.
If we follow our family tree upwards, eventually it’s likely to connect with some famous person, royalty, politician, nobility prestigious family or even infamous character, such as an axe-murderer!
It’s up to us which connection we wish to deem as important.
We have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 16 great grandparents, 32 great, great grandparents, 64 great, great, great grandparents, 128 great, great, great, great grandparents and so the numbers multiply as we go up the family tree and back in time.
Eventually, bingo!, we’ll hit some notable ancestor.
Having such a person in our family tree, for some of us, gives us a feeling of some importance.
But true importance, the feeling of self-worth, comes from within.