Which member of royalty are you most closely connected to?

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WikiTree profile: Philip Mountbatten
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (446k points)
edited by Sarah Callis
Does China still have an Empress?

Prince Phillip is 18 degrees from me, 4 degrees fewer than Henry VIII.  I believe that he would be my closest.
Henrik af Danmark at 15 Degrees, by way of my paternal line Swedish cousins.
Doug,

China's monarchy was abolished in 1912, and after a difficult political period was formally established as the current People's Republic in 1949.
So, in that case, there is no Chinese Monarchy, except perhaps, a monarchy-in-exile, or a member of the old regime using the title?  But the Empress died in 1908, while the Monarchy was still the Government. I missed that detail.
There's no monarchy-in-exile or member of the old regime using the title. Puyi, the final Emperor of China, was forced to abdicate in 1912 due to the Xinhai Revolution, briefly restored for two weeks in 1917 by a loyalist before being again forced to abdicate, and he eventually fled with his wife in 1924. the current People's Republic of mainland China properly established itself in 1949 after an earlier Republic in the interim, and is now a unitary one-party 'socialist' republic. Puyi was only six when he was forced to abdicate, and there have never (as far as I'm aware) been any claimants to the title since.

Yes, Cixi died in 1908, but she was not still Empress Dowager at the time. The Emperor at the time of the Revolution, Puyi, was her great-grandson - she was married to Xianfeng, the eighth Qing Emperor, and Puyi was the eleventh.
I am 15 degree's from King Jan Sobieski.
Is Prince Phillip considered a Notable? I am still new
I don't think he can be a Notable until now, since living people can not normally have visible profiles. It is not shown on his profile.  The usual test for being a Notable is that he has an entry on Wikipedia.
Prince Philip and I are 13th cousins, 3x removed
Also 18 degrees from Prince Phillip, but 20 degrees from Henry VIII :)
19 th cousin Prince Phillip 2x Micheal de la Pole,. 17x from King Poland
Not really an answer, but I was a little surprised to see Romanov-29 was a first cousin once removed to Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg-1

I am 21 degrees from Jan Sobieski.

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+21 votes
I was so proud to write Te Atairangikaahu's biography this past week! So it seems fitting that she's my closest connection, at 15 degrees.

I'm then 21 degrees from Prince Philip, Prince Consort Henrik af Danmark and King Jan Sobieski; 24 degrees from Queen Lili'uokalani Kapaakea, 26 degrees from Princess Grace, 28 degrees from King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 33 degrees from Queen Sālote Mafile’o Pilolevu Veiongo Tupou, and 40 from Empress Dowager Cixi.
by Amelia Utting G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
I'm 15 from Dame Te Atairangikaahu, 17 from Philip, 21 from Henry VIII....
+17 votes
Jan Sobieski, at 16 degrees, a surprise, I read about him, just yesterday!
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (212k points)

He is the closest for me, too, at 15 steps.

I (and presumably also you) have that connection because a Sobieski (also called Zabriskie), brother of Jan Sobieski(!), was among the non-Dutch settlers of New Netherland.

That's it, Ellen.
I'll say it here, it's really bothering me. Was that Zabriskie person really the brother of Jan Sobieski? The names are not even that similar, and after reading the profile, it seems there is precious little evidence supporting the theory.
It does seem a bit tenuous.

I actually don,t think so. At the very least he should be marked uncertain.  have been trying to find information about him, not very sucessfull but I found this interesting see Walking With Ancestors: The Zabriskie Mystery, Part 1

and the interesting information supplied by seagem how and why he thinks that i don,t know and if it is any more reliable than what we already have. Jan Lubbertzsen  is on Ancestry but dont have an account. from seagem the  information is see. Albert Zabriskie is // Jan Lubbertzsen from Edam Netherlands Jan Lubbertzsen van Edam, aka: Albert Zabriskie

1632–1711
BIRTH 1632 • Edam, Edam-Volendam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
DEATH 15 SEP 1711 • Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey, USA his birth place. His parents are Lubbert Gijsbertzsen (van Blaricum)
1601–1655
BIRTH 1601 • Blaricum, Blaricum Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands DEATH 1 SEP 1655 • Fort Orange, Peach Tree War September 15, 1655 and his mother is Divertje Cornelis Dieber//BIRTH 1603 • Noord, Sint Anthonis, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
DEATH 12 NOV 1681 • Flatbush, Livingston, New York, United State.

The massive 1963 book The Zabriskie Family includes a thorough treatment of the mythologies surrounding Albrecht/Albert who immigrated to New Netherland, including the problems with various assertions that were made about him. I created a Source page for the book at Space:The Zabriskie Family

The author said that three different Polish ancestries (Sobieski, Zborowski, and Zaborowski) were claimed by various present-day members of the family. He reviewed the various claims, concluding that the name was not Sobieski and that it probably was Zaborowski, but he said that the Zaborowski ancestries claimed for this man were almost certainly wrong.

16 degrees for me as well, and I guess now I  need to study up on my New Netherlands ancestors!
+16 votes
Prince Philip is my 19th cousin
by Ken Tremblay G2G2 (2.8k points)
Prins Philip is my 18th cousin, I'm working my way up, to connect him with the rest of my royal and Nobel family Line.
+14 votes
Count me as another person surprised by Jan Sobieski.  We are at 15 degrees, through a Jan Roeloffsen Seubering who immigrated to New Netherland from the Netherlands.

Philip is a close second at 17 degrees, through the Markle connection.
by J Ryan G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)
A discussion here reveals that my connection relies on Sobieski's brother Albrecht Zabriskie, who is probably not a brother at all.  Leaving him out it jumps to 22 degrees, and even swaps from my mother's side to father's.

I guess it's Philip then, assuming no more errors.
+13 votes
I am most closely connected to Te Atairangikaahu and Jan Sobieski at 24 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 8 (86.2k points)
+13 votes
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+11 votes
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (210k points)
+9 votes

My closest connection is Te Atairangikaahu at 14 degrees. 

by Charlene Newport G2G6 Mach 1 (14.9k points)
+10 votes

18 degrees from Prince Philip, no blood relationship (Queen Elizabeth II is my half-11th cousin 2x removed through descent from Henry Clitherow, a London merchant who was master of the Ironmongers' Company); also 18 degrees from Jan III Sobieski.

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (111k points)
+10 votes

My degrees with the royals:


First, even from 'across the pond', honored to be a 21st cousin 3x removed through MRCA Gilbert Pecche with Prince Philip, Duke of Edenburgh Mountbatten. This documented Pecche line extends back to Charlemagne. RIP Prince Philip. 


8 degrees from Jan Sobieski

20 degrees from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Mountbatten (and cousin relationship above)

22 degrees from Lili'uokalani Kapaakea

23 degrees from Henrik af Danmark

24 degrees from Grace de Monaco

26 degrees from Te Atairangikaahu Paki

29 degrees from Bhumibol Adulyadej

35 degrees from  慈禧 葉赫那拉

36 degrees from Salote Tupou

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (448k points)
+10 votes

Prince Phillip and I are 20th cousins, 4x removed (via Thibaud (Bar-Pierrepont) de Bar.)

Jan Sobieski and I are otherwise the closest at 17 degrees apart.

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 5 (59.8k points)
+9 votes
19 degrees from Prince Philip, on my father's side. I am told that I am also a distant cousin of Princess Diana and the royal family of Spain, but I cannot find profiles on them to run the connection finder.
by Carolyn Comings G2G6 Mach 1 (13.2k points)

heres profile for Princess Diana- https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Spencer-40

Thanks! Turns out I am 19 degrees from Princess Diana, and we are also 9th cousins once removed. Our common ancestor is a chap named Edward Walden, who was born in 1629.
Wow, me too! Same ancestor- Edward Walden. He makes Diana and I 10th cousins!
Me too, I believe...

King Henry VIII was married Catherine of Aragon. Catherine is the daughter of Queen Isabella, and King Ferdinand of Spain.

That might be your connection...
I’m 14 cousins once removed from Lady Diana Spencer.
+9 votes
Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh  and Helena Blomfield-Lobet  Lobet are 20th cousins once removed,

Henrik of Danmark is 18 degrees from Helena Blomfield-Lobet
by Helena Blomfield-Lobet G2G2 (2.2k points)
+8 votes
My 2 closest connections are Prince Philip Mountbatten and The Maori Queen of NZ - Te Atairangikaahu Paki.

Both are at 17 degrees from me

Everyone is 18 degrees or higher
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (891k points)
+9 votes
18 degrees from Jan Sobieski
20 degrees from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Mountbatten (17th cousins, 5x removed)
23 degrees from Henrik af Danmark
23 degrees from Claus van Amsberg
24 degrees from Grace de Monaco
24 degrees from Te Atairangikaahu Paki
25 degrees from Liliu Loloku Walania Kamakaeha Liliuokalani Kapaakea
27 degrees from Bhumibol Adulyadej
34 degrees from 慈禧 葉赫那拉
39 degrees from Sālote Mafile’o Pilolevu Veiongo Tupou
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (39.0k points)
+11 votes

Mary of Guise Princess of Guelders, Queen of Scotland" von Gueldres (1432 - 1463)
is my 15th great-grandmother

James ll Stewart (King of Scotland)  (1430 - 1460)
is my 15th great-grandfather

Joan "Queen Consort of Scotland" (1398 - 1445)                  is my 16th great-grandmother

Edward lll Plantagenet (1312 - 1377)                                  is my 19th great-grandfather

King Robert of Scotland Bruce (1274 - 1329)                      is my 19th great-grandfather

Llewelyn Fawr, Prince of Wales, ap Iorwerth (1170 - 1240)
is my 21st great-grandfather

King David I of Scotland (1083 - 1153)                                        is my 22nd great-grandfather

King John Lackland Plantagenet (1167 - 1216)
is my 22nd great-grandfather

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Maredydd (Prince of Wales) Ap Owain (938 - 998)
is my 28th great-grandfather

by Eunice Edwards G2G Crew (770 points)

looks like we may share a few grandparents Eunice.smiley we share 115 common ancestors and are 21st cousins 2xs removed.

+12 votes
Now this is interesting... when I was a child, I was told I was an 8th cousin of Queen Victoria, on my mother's side. I bragged about it at school and no one believed me.

Well... I just ran the relationship finder and Victoria is indeed related to me... on my father's side. We are 14th cousins 6 times removed, and the common ancestor was born in 1364.

And she is 15 degrees from me in the connection finder... also on my father's side.

A lot of my maternal ancestry is not yet in the tree because there are major tangles I am still trying to sort out. (Too many people named Thomas and George and Sarah!) Perhaps a  royal cousin relationship on that side may still be found... but not today.

Interesting, what you can discover when you poke around in the ancestral woodpile. :)
by Carolyn Comings G2G6 Mach 1 (13.2k points)

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