The British royal household has far-reaching familial connections. Though married, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had been distantly associated, and Princess Catherine even has distant ties to the agency. Included in that pack is Prince Albert II of Monaco, who’s a far-removed cousin of the late queen.
Again within the 1800s, a member of Britain’s excessive society who was an ancestor of the queen, Woman Mary Victoria Hamilton, married Prince Albert I of Monaco. Becoming a member of the Home of Grimaldi, Woman Mary married Albert I in an organized marriage — the couple solely crossed paths 4 weeks earlier than tying the knot at France’s Château de Marchais. Woman Mary and Albert I had a son, Louis, a yr after they received married, however that was not sufficient to avoid wasting their ill-fated union. Woman Mary rapidly grew to become disillusioned in Monaco, leaving Albert I. In a stunning twist for the time interval, the union was annulled in 1880.
Louis, who lived from 1870 and died on the throne in 1949, is Albert II’s great-grandfather, bringing the connection he has to the British royals full circle. Due to Woman Mary and thru a connection to Princess Alice of Battenberg, Elizabeth’s mother-in-law, the royal households of Britain and Monaco are intrinsically linked.