See how ‘Europe’s grandmother’ connected British, Swedish and Norwegian royal families

By Meaghan Wray

It turns out that royal families around the world share a lot more than an incredible sense of style and devotion to their countries – some actually share bloodlines, too, and there’s a new interactive Scandinavian ancestry tree by Expedia to prove it. By putting to work almost 200 years of royal history, the new service clearly shows the connections between many European royals across the continent. Interestingly enough, many of the English-Swedish royal links date back further than that, and all history points to a woman who was called “Europe’s grandmother.”

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and their daughter, Princess Estelle, attended Victoria's birthday celebrations. Photo: © MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/WireImage

Queen Victoria , or “Europe’s grandmother,” married off her children into different European royal houses, and by the beginning of the 20 th century they were occupying the majority of thrones across the continent. This explains the fun connections between the families, like Prince Charles being cousins with Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden , or King Herald V of Norway’s relation to second cousin Queen Elizabeth II . The latter are patrons of the Anglo-Norse Society, a collective which helps educate their countries on each other’s way of life. Because of his connection to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Herald is interestingly the first foreign monarch in succession to the British throne.

Prince Charles and Camilla visited the Sandringham Flower Show. Photo: © Samir Hussein/WireImage

But it’s not just England that boasts familial connections with Sweden –Denmark can also call members of the Swedish royal family relatives. The current King of Sweden, Carl Gustaf, is cousins with the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II. The two have the same grandfather, former Swedish King Gustaf VI Adolf. While this exciting new family tree mainly shows bloodlines of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian royal families, there’s certainly some information to be found regarding England’s royal past, as well as the histories of other Nordic countries.

The interconnected nature of Europe’s royal families – including the most popular among them, Crown Princess Victoria – has made for some wonderful friendships and allegiances. But impressive royal relations don’t end there. While Celine Dion has always been considered Canadian royalty, it turns out she’s related to actual royalty, too. The Quebec native and fellow musical superstar Madonna are both believed to be distant cousins of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall , descending from an esteemed 17 th century French-Canadian couple. Family trees don’t get much better than this!

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