Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Question from Haven - Descent of Elizabeth II from the Careys

I've been reading about descendants of Henry VIII and the Careys, and I've been wondering: How would Elizabeth II be a direct descendant of Henry VIII if he was the father of the Careys?


Dana said...

Her Majesty the Queen is descended from Henry VII, through his daughter, Margaret of Scotland; not Henry VIII. Margaret's great-grandson became James VI of Scotland and James I of England. His daughter Elizabeth of Bohemia was the ancesstress of the Hanoverians.

Lara said...

If Henry VIII was indeed the father of Mary Boleyn's children, then Elizabeth II would be a descendant though the following line (and regardless of the Carey parentage, she's descendant from the Boleyns):

Mary Boleyn
Katherine Carey
Lettice Knollys
Robert Devereux
Frances Devereux
Jane Seymour (d. 1679)
Charles Boyle
Charles Boyle
Richard Boyle
Charlotte Elizabeth Boyle
Dorothy Cavendish
William Cavendish-Bentinck
Charles Cavendish-Bentinck
Nina Cecile Cavendish-Bentinck
Elizabeth Bowes Lyon
Elizabeth II

(I may have missed a Boyle or a Cavendish in there, but you get the general idea... you can double-check it at )