Wednesday, 7 February 2007

My own, my love, my prrrecious... English Throne!!

Hundreds of people have stepped forward to claim the throne of England after a worldwide quest by genealogists to find a rightful heir.
After rooting through their family trees, legions of French, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish and Canadian would-be royals bid for the monarchy.
The ads, asking people to supply documentary proof on, asked "Can you trace your family tree back to 1066? Might your ancestors have claimed the English throne?"
Edgar Aetheling was named heir apparent by his great uncle King Edward the Confessor but was not crowned when the King died in 1066 because he was too young. Harold II was crowned instead. William the Conqueror crossed over from Normandy, defeating Harold at the Battle of Hastings. The teenage Aetheling later submitted to William.
"We had a chap from Arizona who tracked himself back to St Margaret. A lady from California could trace herself back to Edgar and William the Conqueror and says she has a pair of handsome sons who would make perfect princes. One Australian tied himself in with assorted 11th century royal families. A number of Scandinavians claimed Norse and Danish noble ties. We had many English claims from families called Ashling and Avling, suggesting a derivation of Aetheling."
Wouldn't you like to get the English Throne? Do you know the ancestors of your family? Do you think this is really important? Send your opinions!!

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