Friday, January 6, 2017

Fact of the Day: Arabic Heritage

Queen Elizabeth II is said to be a descendant of Islam's Muhammad himself through his daughter Fatimah. However this actually goes back to the English King Edward IV, and all his descendants not just Elizabeth II. Edward IV was descended from Maria de Padilla as her daughter married a son of King Edward III. Maria de Padilla was a Castilian noblewoman and her family claimed descent from Muhammad's daughter Fatimah. Almost all of Europe's royals could claim the same as most have King Edward IV as an ancestor too. 

10 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Go all the way back and you can relate to many

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Pretty watered down now, seven centuries or so later!

Sharon said...

I didn't know this! I think my country's royal family is probably related to other royal families as well, as they all married far away family members back in the day

Jen said...

Oh wow this is really interesting!

Martha said...

A very interesting family tree.

stephen Hayes said...

Aren't most European royalty related?

Andrew-L'autre said...

Neat!

Red said...

I notice that you have an interest in English history. When it comes to royalty there are some interesting stories.

Christine said...

interesting

Fundy Blue said...

I had no idea! Wow!