Celebrities with family ties to royalty

Famous descendants of royalty: Ellen DeGeneres
Famous descendants of royalty: Benedict Cumberbatch
Famous descendants of royalty: Angelina Jolie
Famous descendants of royalty: Beyoncé
Famous descendants of royalty: Tilda Swinton
Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Tom Hanks
Famous descendants of royalty: Brad Pitt
Famous descendants of royalty: Hillary Duff
Famous descendants of royalty: Uma Thurman
Famous descendants of royalty: Hugh Grant
Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Famous descendants of royalty: Jake Gyllenhaal
Famous descendants of royalty: Michael Douglas
Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Rose Leslie
Famous descendants of royalty: Johnny Depp
Famous descendants of royalty: Kit Harrington
Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Brooke Shields
Famous descendants of royalty: Cara Delevingne
Famous descendants of royalty: Ralph Fiennes
Famous descendants of royalty: Helena Bonham Carter
Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Eddie Redmayne
Famous descendants of royalty: Meghan Markle
Famous descendants of royalty: Tom Hiddleston
Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Paris Hilton
Famous descendants of royalty: Christopher Guest
Famous descendants of royalty: Bill Hader
Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Dakota Fanning
Famous descendants of royalty: Elle Fanning
Famous descendants of royalty: Madonna
Famous descendants of royalty: Guy Ritchie
Famous descendants of royalty: George W. Bush
Famous descendants of royalty: Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is a cousin of both Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II of England. Now, we have to add that she is separated by 15 and 19 generations of these respective families.

Famous descendants of royalty: Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch appears to be a descendant of King Richard II of England. He is also reportedly related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author and creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Famous descendants of royalty: Angelina Jolie

Who knew! Actress and director Angelina Jolie is Queen Elizabeth's 26th cousin. Her kinship reportedly comes from the side of Mary of France, the daughter of King Philip II.

Famous descendants of royalty: Beyoncé

Beyoncé is a queen anyhow, but as a descendant of Henry II of England, she is also Queen Elizabeth's 25th cousin.

Famous descendants of royalty: Tilda Swinton

This Scottish actress is reportedly 19 generations removed from Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland.

Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks descended from King John of England, which also makes him a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth.

Famous descendants of royalty: Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is a direct descendant of King Henry II of England. So when Pitt and Angelina were married, they formed a real noble family!

Famous descendants of royalty: Hillary Duff

The actress is Queen Elizabeth's 19th cousin thanks to her ancestor Alexander Spotswood, who was a British army officer.

Famous descendants of royalty: Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman is the Queen's 21st cousin. She is descended from King Edward I of England, remembered as the "Hammer of the Scots", who ruled from 1272 to 1307.

Famous descendants of royalty: Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant descended from the House of Tudor, specifically from King Henry VII and also James IV, who was King of Scotland between 1488 and 1513.

Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Maggie Gyllenhaal

The actress is allegedly a descendant of Edward III of England and a 19th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

Famous descendants of royalty: Jake Gyllenhaal

This means that Maggie's younger brother, the actor Jake Gyllenhaal, is also the Queen's cousin.

Famous descendants of royalty: Michael Douglas

Married to a Welsh actress (Catherine Zeta Jones), Michael Douglas is actually the queen's 19th cousin.

Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Rose Leslie

The Scottish star of 'Game of Thrones' not only has royal blood, but she literally grew up in a castle. Her mother is related to King Charles II, while her father is actually a chief of the Scottish Leslie clan.

Famous descendants of royalty: Johnny Depp

Reportedly, the actor is Queen Elizabeth's 20th cousin, as the two share a great-grandfather of 19 generations back.

Famous descendants of royalty: Kit Harrington

The 'Game of Thrones' actor has royal blood in real life too: he is related to King Charles II.

Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Brooke Shields

The actress's ancestors include King Henry IV of France.

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Famous descendants of royalty: Cara Delevingne

The Delevingnes are known for their aristocratic ties. Cara Delevingne's great-grandfather on her father's side was Hamar Greenwood, the first Viscount of Greenwood. Jane Sheffield, Delevingne's grandmother, was Princess Margaret's maid of honor.

Famous descendants of royalty: Ralph Fiennes

When going over the British actor's family tree, you will finally end up with King James II of Scotland.

Famous descendants of royalty: Helena Bonham Carter

In 'The King's Speech,' she was a convincing royal. In real life, her family tree includes the politician Sir Maurice Bonham-Carter and Violet Bonham Carter, the daughter of Prime Minister HH Asquith, First Earl of Oxford and Asquith.

Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Eddie Redmayne

It turns out that the Duchess of Cambridge's and Redmayne's families crossed paths three generations ago. According to reports, the actor's great-grandfather, Richard Redmayne, worked in a coal mine alongside Kate Middleton's great-great-grandfather, John Harrison.

Famous descendants of royalty: Meghan Markle

Even before marrying the prince, she was already a little bit royal. She is said to be a descendant of Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII. Meghan's twelfth great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hildyard, was Seymour's second cousin.

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Famous descendants of royalty: Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston's great-great-grandfather, Sir Edmund Hoyle Vestey, the first baronet, was a shipbuilder.

Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Paris Hilton

The royal connection is said to come from her father Richard Hilton's side, making her the Queen's 20th cousin.

Famous descendants of royalty: Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest, multimedia artist and husband of Jamie Lee Curtis, is the 5th Baron of Haden-Guest. That means his family once sat in the House of Lords.

Famous descendants of royalty: Bill Hader

"Saturday Night Live" comedian Bill Hader is related to King Edward I of England and Charlemagne (Charles the Great).

Celebrities with family ties to royalty: Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning's 22nd great-grandfather was King Edward III of England. It's not difficult to imagine her historical ties to royalty when you see the actress in her outfit from 'The Alienist.'

Famous descendants of royalty: Elle Fanning

If Dakota Fanning is related to royalty, so is her younger sister Elle. As a result, she must have felt really at home in her role of Russian Empress Catherine the Great in the Hulu series 'The Great.'

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Famous descendants of royalty: Madonna

Madonna is not just the Queen of Pop declared by music lovers, she is also a descendant of a prominent 17th century French-Canadian family.

Famous descendants of royalty: Guy Ritchie

Director Guy Ritchie may have been married to the Queen of Pop, but without Madonna he already had family ties to royalty. Ritchie and the Duchess of Cambridge happen to be sixth cousins, and they are even friends. The director was even to Kate's wedding with Prince William in 2011. (He attended it with his new partner, Jacqui Ainsley.)

Famous descendants of royalty: George W. Bush

It turns out that Princess Diana of Wales is actually George's W. Bush's 11th cousin.

 

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