Throughout their 70 years of marriage, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip share a lot more than memories. The royals are cousins, writes Independent.
"They share the same bloodline, and are both directly related to Queen Victoria " - the article reads
Travel website Expedia developed an online tool that shows how the Scandinavian and British royal families have been linked through marriage throughout the years. It also shows just how closely linked the British royal family is.
Elizabeth is a direct descendant on her father's side. In February 1837, Victoria was crowned the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1840, and together they had nine children — four sons and five daughters. Her eldest son, Edward, was born in 1841 and ascended the throne in 1901 following Victoria's death. His second-eldest son George — who is Queen Elizabeth's grandfather — succeeded him in 1910.
Victoria's second daughter, Princess Alice, was born in 1843. In 1862, she married Ludwig IV — the Grand Duke of Hesse and had seven children. In 1863, Alive gave birth to her first child, Victoria, who went on to marry her father's first cousin, Prince Louis of Battenburg.
She married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903, after meeting him at King Edward VII's coronation in London the previous year. Together they had five children, with Prince Philip being the youngest, born in 1921. It makes Philip and Elizabeth third cousins.