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Not to mention, the Queen is a direct descendant of not only British, English and Scottish ones (those who left descendants, at any rate), but also of native Princes of Wales, High Kings of Ireland, and Anglo-Saxon Monarchs.

Diana came from illustrious family, but to say that it's older, more aristocratic or noble than the reigning royal family of the United Kingdom is simply not true.
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The Royal Family as you may or may not know only became the House of Windsor in 1910.
It was actually 1917.
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Is Diana still remembered in the UK ? I don't hear abour her at all here now.
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Yes, she is still very much remembered. People still put pictures and flowers at Kensington Palace at the anniversary of her death, although not so many. Personally, I don't think that Diana will be forgotten. She'll be in the history books as Charles' first wife and as William's mother as well being remembered for a person who was an important public figure and celebrity of the late 20th century. I think that her tragic death will also be a way of her being remembered. She was a beautiful woman who had a tragic life and death; those kinds of ladies, even when they're not princesses, are remembered. I'm 50 years old. If I live another 30 or 35 years, I'll be among the last who'll remember Diana as she first appeared on the scene as a very pretty, kind girl who loved children and gave people joy when she appeared in hospitals and nursing homes and schools and other places. Diana isn't in the newspapers or magazines much now because she's been gone for almost 15 years; there's no news of her. No new outfits or hairstyles, no boyfriends or adventures, no public stands on various matters. We have memories and will have whatever comes to light in years to come when archives become available, including the official diary that she kept. I likely won't live to see all the information that's there come out, but her youngest fans might see some of it.
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Diana is on the cover of the current issue of Macleans magazine, but it's not a flattering article.

The writer claims she did massive damage to William by involving him in her battles with Charles, her jealousy of his nanny, her hostility to Tiggy, etc.

It really doesn't say anything positive about Diana at all.

Has anyone else read it?
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Yes, she is still very much remembered....
That is nice. I read or heard from someone that the Harrods departmentstore's Diana memorial was removed or something. So, I was not so sure if people cared about Diana any more. I guess that, because there is a memorial in Kensington Garden in London, she will be remembered whenever people visit the place, won't she ? I feel very sorry for this princess because, apart from having had two lovely sons, she didn't seem to have any happiness at all in her life time. So, at least, I only hope that she won't be forgotten by the people of the United Kingdom. I was amazed when I saw a picture of her holding the hands of a man with HIV & Aids. She was truly a kind and brave person, I thought then.

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Diana is on the cover of the current issue of Macleans magazine, but it's not a flattering article.

The writer claims she did massive damage to William by involving him in her battles with Charles, her jealousy of his nanny, her hostility to Tiggy, etc.

It really doesn't say anything positive about Diana at all.

Has anyone else read it?
That is so sad but maybe these things might have had happened then, I don't know. She was a human being and she had such a difficult life and she might have been a naive person when she was a lot younger that she got hurt so much. I don't know. Whatever she might have said to her sons about their father, they seem to have grown sort of soundly and healthily and doing their charitable works and so or for people of the world regardless of their nationalities and social classes. So, Diana's good will is still living in her children, I think, and I truly hope that her good examples will be passed onto their children, too, in the future and she will be remembered as a good grandmother by them.

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well, the spencer are a noble family from some centurys along, william when become king will be the firt in line with charles II, for example. I have the line complete of diana and in some point diana and charles are cousins, I don't know the nivel.
But it's normal that the name spencer was unknow until diana married charles, but in the high class of england was very know.

surely it can reach higher than the spencer, all the glory will be the day that William becomes king. after all, he is half spencer
I read somewhere I cannot remember but the Spencers were the richest pig farmers in England. They must have been very rich and successful then because they were enobled in the end. I also read that Diana was descended from Charles II through his one of his mistresses' son. Is this true ? If so, she was royal by blood, too ?

Maybe some well informed person here will be able to tell me more about Diana's ancestors. I know she was related to Georgiana the 5th Duchess of Devonshire whose life turned out to be similar to her own.

Talking about Prince William being half Spencer, I wonder if he will call himself Spencer-Windsor or Spencer-Mountbatten or Mountbatten-Windsor ?
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I read somewhere I cannot remember but the Spencers were the richest pig farmers in England. They must have been very rich and successful then because they were enobled in the end. I also read that Diana was descended from Charles II through his one of his mistresses' son. Is this true ? If so, she was royal by blood, too ?
Diana was five times descended from the House of Stuart through five of Charles II's illegitimate children - James, 1st Duke of Monmouth, Henry FitzRoyal, 1st Duke of Grafton, Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St. Albans, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, and Henrietta FitzJames, Countess of Newcastle.

That is not, however, something exceptional; most of English aristocracy and nobility are descended from one of Charles II's many illegitimate sons, including Diana, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sarah, Duchess of York. Most people of English and Scottish ancestry have a royal ancestor somewhere in their family tree.

Just one of the lines Diana is descended from Charles II, through Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond:
- Charles II
- Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond
- Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond
- Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond
- Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond
- Lady Cecilia Catherine Gordon-Lennox
- Lady Rosalind Cecilia Hamilton
- Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer
- John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
- Lady Diana Spencer


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Maybe some well informed person here will be able to tell me more about Diana's ancestors. I know she was related to Georgiana the 5th Duchess of Devonshire whose life turned out to be similar to her own.
Goergiana was just Duchess of Cavendish, not 5th Duchess; that would imply she was a Duchess in her own right. Her husband, however, was indeed the 5th Duke of Cavendish. Diana was not a descendant of the Duchess; she was her great-great-grandniece. Sarah, Duchess of York is, on the other hand a direct descendant, through Georgiana's illegitimate daughter Eliza Courtney:
- Georgiana, Duchess of Cavendish
- Eliza Courtney
- Eliza Brand, Viscountess Hampden
- Henry Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden
- Honourable Margaret Brand
- Colonel Andrew Ferguson
- Major Ronald Ferguson
- Sarah Ferguson

Diana's notable ancesotrs include John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Britain's first Prime Minister Robert Walpole, Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh. Through the House of Stuart, Diana (like Sarah and Camilla) was descended from the House of Bourbon (through Henry IV of France's daughter, Henrietta of France - Charles I's wife), House of Medici, House of Sforza, House of Wittelsbach, and other prominent houses.

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Talking about Prince William being half Spencer, I wonder if he will call himself Spencer-Windsor or Spencer-Mountbatten or Mountbatten-Windsor ?
The name of the Royal House is and will be Windsor. Now, when Prince Charles becomes King, he may issue Royal Proclamation changing it to Windsor-Mountbatten, although personally I think it is extremely unlikely. What is not just unlikely, but virtually impossible is a House of Windsor-Mountbatten-Spencer; I could bet every last penny I have that will not happen, neither during William's reign, nor that of his descendants.
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I read somewhere...the Spencers were the richest pig farmers in England.
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I think that Charles and William will both use Windsor, because it's the name of the Royal House. Windsor is very much the family "brand"; and the family has been successful, for the most part, when they've used it.

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Diana is on the cover of the current issue of Macleans magazine, but it's not a flattering article....
No, I haven't read it; but it sounds as though the article might be a publicity piece for Penny Junor's new book. Was it written by her?

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I read or heard from someone that the Harrods departmentstore's Diana memorial was removed or something.
The removal of the memorial to Diana and Dodi was removed because Harrod's was sold by Dodi's father. The memorial was actually quite "tacky" and was more a propaganda piece by Mohammad al Fayed attempting to show that Diana and Dodi were deeply in love and were going to marry. It actually wasn't a very attractive piece. It was too romantic. There are a lot of memorials to Diana around, from her memorial fountain to displays in Kensington Palace to a memorial walk to hospital wings with her name on them. She won't be forgotten for a long time.
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Diana was five times descended from the House of Stuart...
Thank you very much for the information above. You know a lot about the nobility and the royalty of the UK.
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I think that Charles and William will both use Windsor, because it's the name of the Royal House.
Yes, it's more likely. I think so, too.
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The removal of the memorial to Diana and Dodi was removed because Harrod's was sold by Dodi's father.
I see. I had never seen the Diana memorial at Harrods but if it was bad, then, it was good that it was removed.

I did not know there are other Diana memorials in London. One I saw was in Kensington and I saw a building attached a hotel where I stayed which housed something to do with Diana Memorial Fund.

Hope Diana will live in people's hearts for ever.
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Thank you very much for the information above. You know a lot about the nobility and the royalty of the UK.
You are welcome.
Genealogy is a hobby of mine, especially genealogy of British noble families.
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No, I haven't read it; but it sounds as though the article might be a publicity piece for Penny Junor's new book. Was it written by her?

No, but it does quote her.
The writer was a man named Kenneth Macqueen.
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Thank you very much for the information above. You know a lot about the nobility and the royalty of the UK.
Thank you !
Yes, it's more likely. I think so, too.
I see. I had never seen the Diana memorial at Harrods but if it was bad, then, it was good that it was removed.

I did not know there are other Diana memorials in London. One I saw was in Kensington and I saw a building attached a hotel where I stayed which housed something to do with Diana Memorial Fund.

Hope Diana will live in people's hearts for ever.
I saw the memorial at Harrod's a few years ago. It was a plexiglass box about a meter square with 'the ring' and a few mementos.
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Does anyone know how to compare the lineage of British nobles and put them in relation?

I'M interested in Diana and Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce, daughter of the Earl of Cardigan - Lady Catherine sings as "Bo Bruce" and reminds me a lot of Diana. Is there any blodd-relation between those two Earl's daughters?
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Prince Philip was born a Prince of Greece and Denmark, and Denmark has Europe's oldest monarchy. Therefore, Philip's original title was older than Diana's. I agree with you about Sir Winston Churchill. He was a great man.
yes.. Prince Philip himself was born a Prince of Greece and Denmark and is a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg which itself in turn descends from the older House of Oldenburg..

Diana saying those words may have meant Philip's tittle of Duke of Edinburgh which was granted to him by King George VI on 1947 while Diana's status on a "Lady" stretches back on 1783..

STILL, going by Diana's words, tracing both their lineages, the lineage of the Spencer family is way older than that of the House of Oldenburg where Prince Philip patrilineally descends from..

you see, the founder of the House of Oldenburg was Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg.. he is the direct ancestor of Prince Philip hence as well as of Prince Charles, William and Harry.. I believe it is widely known that the Kingdom of Denmark is the oldest monarchy in Europe, leading all the way back to Gorm the Old, BUT the House of Oldenburg does not descend from Gorm the Old.. the first Danish king from the House of Oldenburg was Christian I of Denmark who was elected to the vacant Danish throne upon the death of King Christopher of Denmark, Sweden and Norway in January 1448..

here is Prince Philip's descent from Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg..
  • Elimar I 1101–1108
  • Elimar II 1108–1143
  • Christian I the Quarrelsome 1143–1168
  • Maurice I 1168–1211
  • Otto I 1209–1251
  • Christian II 1211–1251
  • John I 1244–1272
  • Christian III 1272–1278
  • Otto II, Count of Oldenburg-Delmenhorst 1272–1301
  • John II 1278–1305
  • Christian IV 1302–1323
  • John III 1305–1345
  • John IV 1331–1356
  • Conrad I 1345–1368
  • Conrad II 1368–1386
  • Maurice II 1386–1420
  • Christian V 1368–1398
  • Dietrich, Count of Oldenburg 1398-1440
  • Christian I of Denmark 1426-1481
  • Frederick I of Denmark 1471-1533
  • Christian III of Denmark 1503-1559
  • John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg 1545–1622
  • Alexander, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg 1573–1627
  • August Philipp, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Beck 1612-1675
  • Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck 1653-1728
  • Peter August, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck 1697-1775
  • Karl Anton August, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck 1727-1759
  • Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck 1757-1816
  • Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg 1785-1831
  • Christian IX of Denmark 1818-1906
  • George I of Greece 1845-1913
  • Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark 1882-1944
  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-Present
meanwhile, Lady Diana's lineage stretches far back than Prince Philip's.. you see the House of Oldenburg only stretches as far back as 1101 while Lady Diana's lineage can be traced back as far back as 920..

here is Lady Diana's descent from ancient Norman Nobility..
  • Raoul de Tancarville, 920-?, son of a "Tancrède de Norvège", who came to France with Duke Rollo
  • Gérard de Tancarville, ?-?
  • Gerard "Dapifer" de Tancarville, 1015-?
  • Amaury d'Abetot, Norman nobleman, tenants of the lords of Tancarville in Normandy, ca 1066
  • Robert Despenser, died after 1098, Royal Steward of King William II of England
  • Wlliam Despenser, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born ca 1090
  • Thurston le Despencer, born ca 1122
  • Hugh Despencer, of Rhyale, Rutland, 1152-1199
  • Thomas Despencer, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born 1169 (his fourth son was Hugh le Despenser I whose son Hugh was the ancestor of the medieval Despencer family).
  • Geoffrey le Despencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, 1185-1242
  • John le Despencer, 1235-1251
  • William Spencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, (fl.c.1330), he changed his surname from the original french Le Despenser to the english Spencer
  • John Spencer, of Defford, born 1310
  • Nicholas Spencer, of Defford, born ca 1340
  • Thomas Spencer, of Defford, born 1366
  • Henry Spencer, of Badby, Northamptonshire, 1392-1476
  • John Spencer, of Hodnell, 1420-?
  • William Spencer, of Rodburn, Warwickshire, ?-1485
  • Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Snitterfield & Althorp , 1447-1522
  • Sir William Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, 1483-1532, married Susan, daughter of Sir Richard Knightley, of Fawsley, Northamptonshire
  • Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, 1517-1586
  • Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, 1550-1599 married Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Catlyn
  • Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton 1570-1627
  • William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton 1591–1636
  • Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland 1620–1643
  • Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland 1640–1702
  • Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland 1675–1722
  • The Honorable John Spencer 1708-1746
  • John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer 1734-1783
  • George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer 1758-1834
  • Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer 1798-1857
  • Charles Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer 1857-1922
  • Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer 1892-1975
  • John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer 1924-1992
  • Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales 1961-1997
i remember reading a book where it was stated that Diana always reminds William that his Spencer forefathers can be traced back for a thousand years..
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Not to mention, the Queen is a direct descendant of not only British, English and Scottish ones (those who left descendants, at any rate), but also of native Princes of Wales, High Kings of Ireland, and Anglo-Saxon Monarchs.

Diana came from illustrious family, but to say that it's older, more aristocratic or noble than the reigning royal family of the United Kingdom is simply not true.
yes, the Queen is all you say she is.. but so to speak, as is Diana.. the Queen's patrilineal ancestry makes her a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha which was changed by King George V to the House of Windsor in 1917.. the Queen's nearest English born ancestor, patrilineally, was Princess Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I, who married Frederick V, Elector Palatine, and who's daughter was Sophia of Hanover.. the Queen's matrilineal ancestors were mostly Scottish kings and nobles, as well as Dutch ancestry from her descent from the Dutch House of Bentick.. King George V has himself referred to before as "more German than the Kaiser" seeing how his nearest ancestors were all of German origins (Ansbach, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha), as well as his consort Princess Mary of Teck, who is patrilineally a member of the German House of Teck..

Diana's ancestry connects her with most crown heads of Europe.. she is a direct descendant of the French kings through her descent from King Henry IV of France as well as of the powerful Italian House of Medici.. through Henry IV, Diana can further trance her ancestry to the early Capetian kings all the way back to the Merovingian kings.. Diana is also related to almost every French noble houses.. Diana also descended from ancient noble and royal Gaelic families of Ireland from her mother's side. From her maternal great-great grandfather, Edmond Roche, 1st Baron Fermoy, Diana descends from both the O'Donovan family who ruled the Kingdom of Desmond until the 13th century and became semi-sovereign princes of Carbery from the line of Donal IV O'Donovan, Lord of Clancahill, the De Barry family, an ancient family of Cambro-Norman origins who descends from Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn, a Welsh prince and the O'Shaughnessy family, a family which descends from Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin, King of Connacht.. and most interesting enough is that Lady Diana is also a descendant of Arsakes Vologaeses V Dikaios Epiphanes Philhellen, Sacral King of Parthia, of the Parthian Royal House of Arsaces who ruled Persia (Iran), Mesopotamia and Babylon.. the Parthian kings in turn claimed descent from the earlier Achaemenid Dynasty.. if true, that relationship would make Lady Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry, descendants of Cyrus the Great and establish a blood link with classical Greece..

the Queen, as i said earlier is from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who itself descends from the House of Wettin.. the founder of the House of Wettin was Dietrich I, Count of Wettin who died on 976.. as such, the House of Wettin may have probably been found somewhere during the early 900 to 920.. Here is Queen Elizabeth's descent from Dietrich I, Count of Wettin..
  • Dietrich I, Count of Wettin, d. 976
  • Dedi II, Count in the Hessegau, 946 - 1009
  • Dietrich II, Margrave of Lower Lusatia, 991 - 1034
  • Thimo I, Count of Wettin, d. 1099
  • Conrad, Margrave of Meissen, 1098–1157
  • Otto II, Margrave of Meissen, 1125–1190
  • Dietrich I, Margrave of Meissen, 1162–1221
  • Henry III, Margrave of Meissen, c. 1215 - 1288
  • Albert II, Margrave of Meissen, 1240–1314
  • Frederick I, Margrave of Meissen, 1257–1323
  • Frederick II, Margrave of Meissen, 1310–1349
  • Frederick III, Landgrave of Thuringia, 1332–1381
  • Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, 1370–1428
  • Frederick II, Elector of Saxony, 1412–1464
  • Ernest, Elector of Saxony, 1441–1486
  • John, Elector of Saxony, 1468–1532
  • John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, 1503–1554
  • Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, 1530–1573
  • John II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, 1570–1605
  • Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha, 1601–1675
  • John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1658–1729
  • Francis Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1697–1764
  • Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1724–1800
  • Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1750–1806
  • Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 1784–1844
  • Albert, Prince Consort, 1819–1861
  • Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1841–1910
  • George V of the United Kingdom, 1865–1936
  • George VI of the United Kingdom, 1895–1952
  • Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, 1926 -
Diana's family ancestry meanwhile can be traced back as early as 920, as shown here..
  • Raoul de Tancarville, 920-?, son of a "Tancrède de Norvège", who came to France with Duke Rollo
  • Gérard de Tancarville, ?-?
  • Gerard "Dapifer" de Tancarville, 1015-?
  • Amaury d'Abetot, Norman nobleman, tenants of the lords of Tancarville in Normandy, ca 1066
  • Robert Despenser, died after 1098, Royal Steward of King William II of England
  • Wlliam Despenser, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born ca 1090
  • Thurston le Despencer, born ca 1122
  • Hugh Despencer, of Rhyale, Rutland, 1152-1199
  • Thomas Despencer, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born 1169 (his fourth son was Hugh le Despenser I whose son Hugh was the ancestor of the medieval Despencer family).
  • Geoffrey le Despencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, 1185-1242
  • John le Despencer, 1235-1251
  • William Spencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, (fl.c.1330), he changed his surname from the original french Le Despenser to the english Spencer
  • John Spencer, of Defford, born 1310
  • Nicholas Spencer, of Defford, born ca 1340
  • Thomas Spencer, of Defford, born 1366
  • Henry Spencer, of Badby, Northamptonshire, 1392-1476
  • John Spencer, of Hodnell, 1420-?
  • William Spencer, of Rodburn, Warwickshire, ?-1485
  • Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Snitterfield & Althorp , 1447-1522
  • Sir William Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, 1483-1532, married Susan, daughter of Sir Richard Knightley, of Fawsley, Northamptonshire
  • Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, 1517-1586
  • Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, 1550-1599 married Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Catlyn
  • Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton 1570-1627
  • William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton 1591–1636
  • Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland 1620–1643
  • Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland 1640–1702
  • Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland 1675–1722
  • The Honorable John Spencer 1708-1746
  • John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer 1734-1783
  • George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer 1758-1834
  • Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer 1798-1857
  • Charles Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer 1857-1922
  • Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer 1892-1975
  • John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer 1924-1992
  • Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales 1961-1997
the House of Wettin is probably as old as the Spencer family itself.. as for the Spencer family being more aristocratic, it all goes down to one's opinion i think.. seeing how the Queen descends primarily from German royals with a hint of Danish, Scottish and Dutch, while Diana's ancestry is primarily English, descending from most if not all of "true" British kings and nobles as well as of French, Italian, Spanish and even some German royal/noble blood flowing in her veins..

to say the least, Diana lacks the German royal connection the Queen has which makes her related to most royal houses (Wettin, Hanover, Hohenzollern, Oldenburg, Mecklenburg, Ascania, Zahringen, Saxe-Coburg, Saxe-Meiningen, Saxe-Weimar, Saxe-Altenburg, etc.) on the other hand, Diana and the Spencer family has blood connection with most of French and Italian, and other Catholic royal houses which the Queen lacks (Merovingian, Capetian, Bourbon, Medici, Sforza, Habsburg, Wittelsbach, Savoy, Orsini, Burgundy (Castile), Alba, etc.).. this is because, after the Glorious Revolution, no British monarch had married into any Catholic Royal family, confining their descent to German royal houses..
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Eh, some aristos used to sneer at the Spencers as "sheep farmers!"

Just goes to show, no matter how high your position, you can always find a bigger snob to look down on you.
I believe that comment came from the Earl of Arundel.. the Earls of Arundel as well as the House of Howard of the Dukes of Norfolk and considered to be the premier noble family since they were titled since the 12th century..

This humble origins of the Spencers once caused a heated exchange of words between wealthy yet then-upstart Spencers with the more established Howards who had been the Earls of Arundel since the 12th century. During a warm debate in the House of Peers, Lord Spencer was speaking something in the house that their great ancestors did, when suddenly the Earl of Arundel cuts him off and then said "My Lord, when these things you speak of were doing, your ancestors were keeping sheep". Lord Spencer then instantly replied, "When my ancestors as you say were keeping sheep, your ancestors were plotting treason.".. the Earl of Arundel was later confined in the tower for his actions..

as for antiquity of nobility, the Howards were indeed older than the Spencers, but as for family origins, the Spencers and Howards are not very much far apart.. as for national contribution, many Howards were beheaded for treason while the Spencers include the greatest general in British History, a beatified priest, and the greatest war-time leader in their ranks..

in my opinion, the Spencers, Howards, Percys, Seymours, Nevilles, and Cecils are the greatest aristocratic dynasties in Britain..
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Does anyone know how to compare the lineage of British nobles and put them in relation?

I'M interested in Diana and Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce, daughter of the Earl of Cardigan - Lady Catherine sings as "Bo Bruce" and reminds me a lot of Diana. Is there any blodd-relation between those two Earl's daughters?


Yes.
Diana, Camilla and Sarah Ferguson are descendants of the Earl of Cardigan. Diana & Sarah on multiple sides. (About a year ago, I created family trees for multiple branches for Camilla, Diana, Charles and Sarah to see how they are related. If I had seen your post earlier would have replied.)

Through this line Camilla, Sarah and Diana are 7th cousins. Camilla & Diana are also 8th cousins. Sarah & Diana are also 4th cousins. Sarah and Camilla are also 5th cousin once removed.

Sarah & Camilla are related to Angus Oglivy (Princess Alexandra's husband). Camilla & Angus are 4th cousins once removed. I think quite a lot of the nobility of England are descendents of Francis Brudenell. I didn't save the information as I was only interested in the Windsor clan.

Diana's Brudenell line ended in the 1800's; Camilla in the 1700's.

You can use peerage & work your way back but you need to know who was married to whom then create a spread sheet or a family tree. Camilla's complete ancestry is online so it was easier as I knew which person I was looking for in each generation.

Diana's Brudnell ancestry ended with:
Anne Brudenell b. 29 Jun 1809, d. 2 Apr 1877 m. George Charles Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan

so you can count back to see how they fall in line as cousins.
Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce
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I disagree with you and all the posters who said that Diana is more royal than the Queen.

Just because you may be able to trace Diana's ancestors farther back does not mean they are royal. Infact by your own example Diana has no royal ancestors vs the Queen. In the series, Queen & Country several of the villager can trace their ancestry to the founding of the village. Does this make them royal? NO!!!

Diana's ancestry connects her with most crown heads of Europe.
You did not prove this you only listed names and not a family tree. The Queen does and there is proof of that.

And most importantly you did not include her mother's side.
  • Dietrich I, Count of Wettin, d. 976
  • Dedi II, Count in the Hessegau, 946 - 1009
  • Dietrich II, Margrave of Lower Lusatia, 991 - 1034
  • Thimo I, Count of Wettin, d. 1099
  • Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha, 1601–1675
  • John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1658–1729
  • Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 1784–1844
  • Albert, Prince Consort, 1819–1861
  • Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1841–1910
  • George V of the United Kingdom, 1865–1936
  • George VI of the United Kingdom, 1895–1952
  • Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, 1926 -
Diana's family ancestry meanwhile can be traced back as early as 920, as shown here..

You did not prove this. I'll take your word that DeSpencer became Spencer but the 1st Despencer is Robert. Where are the previous DeSpencers? Who are the 1st 4? The 1st title is Robert Spencer 1570 vs the Queens in the 10th century.

  • Raoul de Tancarville, 920-?, son of a "Tancrède de Norvège", who came to France with Duke Rollo
  • Gérard de Tancarville, ?-?
  • Gerard "Dapifer" de Tancarville, 1015-?
  • Amaury d'Abetot, Norman nobleman, tenants of the lords of Tancarville in Normandy, ca 1066
  • Robert Despenser, died after 1098, Royal Steward of King William II of England
  • Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton 1570-1627
  • William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton 1591–1636
  • Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland 1620–1643
  • John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer 1734-1783
  • John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer 1924-1992
  • Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales 1961-1997
seeing how the Queen descends primarily from German royals with a hint of Danish, Scottish and Dutch.

The Queen's Mother is Scottish & English. How is the Queen primarily German.


By your example, Camilla is more royal than Diana.

Camilla descends from the King of Scotland on several branches of her family on the right side of the mattress and her ancestry can also be traced to the 10th century.

She descends from Robert III daughter, Mary who married William Edmonstone in 1425.

She and the Queen Mother descend from Sir John Lyon who married Robert II daughter, Joanna in the 1376.

Camilla also descends from the of Glen Lyon family.

Thanks to you, I was reminded that John Lyon was married to a royal princess.

Camilla descends from Robert the Bruce on multiple lines of her family.

(I also read that she and Diana's Fermoy side descend from King James on the right side of the mattress. I don't know which one, tried to relocate but computer was not cooperating.)
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I disagree with you and all the posters who said that Diana is more royal than the Queen.


"Just because you may be able to trace Diana's ancestors farther back does not mean they are royal. Infact by your own example Diana has no royal ancestors vs the Queen. In the series, Queen & Country several of the villager can trace their ancestry to the founding of the village. Does this make them royal? NO!!!"

-- what i posted is the antiquity of their family.. someone once pointed out Diana's heated exchange of words with Prince Philip when he threatened that they will take her title away where Diana replied that her title if older than his.. someone said that since Prince Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark from the House of Oldenburg, his family is older than her's.. i just pointed out that House of Oldenburg was founded in 1101 while the Spencers can trace their ancestral line back to 920.. i also just pointed out that the House of Wettin is just as old as the Spencer family.. never did in that post i said that the Spencers were more aristocratic than them.. Also i think its nice to mention that antiquity of nobility in the legitimate male line, not royal/noble quarterings, was the main criterion of rank in the Ancien Régime.

"And most importantly you did not include her mother's side."
--- i never denied the fact that the Bowes-Lyons are also quite aristocratic.. the Bowes-Lyons descended from John Lyon, Lord of Glamis who married Princess Johanna, daughter of Robert II of Scotland and Elizabeth Mure.. but this does not really say much as Diana herself also descends from Robert II of Scotland and Elizabeth Mure through Diana's descent from Mary, Queen of Scots..

now, if the point your trying to put through is because of the sanctity of marriage, Diana's ancestor Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine was also married to Luise von Degenfeld. Charles I Louis was the son of Frederick V, Elector Palatine; the "Winter King", and Princess Elizabeth of Scotland, daughter of James I of England and granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots.. this points to Diana's legitimate descent from royal houses.. One of Charles I Louis' children from his first marriage was Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine who married Philippe I, Duke of Orléans.. Elizabeth Charlotte's son Philippe II, Duke of Orléans is the ancestor of the current House of Orleans which include Louis Philippe I, King of the French. Meanwhile, through her daughter, Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, who married Leopold, Duke of Lorraine, they are the parents of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, husband of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and thus the ancestor of the current House of Habsburg-Lorraine, which includes Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.. In conclusion, Diana is related to practically related to most crown heads of Europe..

"You did not prove this. I'll take your word that DeSpencer became Spencer but the 1st Despencer is Robert. Where are the previous DeSpencers? Who are the 1st 4? The 1st title is Robert Spencer 1570 vs the Queens in the 8th century."
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  • Raoul de Tancarville
  • Gérard de Tancarville
  • Gerard "Dapifer" de Tancarville
  • Amaury d'Abetot
You see, the Tancarville family held the title of Héréditaire le titre de Chambellan de Normandie or Hereditary title of Chamberlain of Normandy. Raoul de Tancarville came to England along Robert "The Magnificent", Duke of Normandy. Amaury d'Abetot was probably the father of Urse d'Abetot, Sheriff of Worcestershire and royal official under Kings William I, William II and Henry I. His brother was Robert Despenser, who's last name of Despenser derives from his office, that of dispenser, in the royal household.. Amaury d'Abetot's great great grandson, Thomas Despencer was the father of Hugh le Despenser I, whose son was Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer.. His other son, Geoffrey le Despencer, is to whom the current lines of the Spencers came from.. I think this was even mentioned in the 2001 BBC radio series This Sceptred Isle: Dynasties.. You see, the true family name was Tancerville, which held a hereditary title since 920, future descendants adopted the surname Despencer, and eventually Spencer..

"The Queen's Mother is Scottish & English. How is the Queen primarily German."
--- I said that because the most, if not Queen's patrilineal ancestors were of German origin.. in my defense, i never said that the Queen is German, i only said, most of the royal blood that flows in her veins are from German royals..

"By your example, Camilla is more royal than Diana.

Camilla descends from the King of Scotland on several branches of her family on the right side of the mattress and her ancestry can also be traced to the 8th century.

She descends from Robert III daughter, Mary who married William Edmonstone in 1425.

She and the Queen Mother descend from Sir John Lyon who married Robert II daughter, Joanna in the 1376.

Camilla also descends from the of Glen Lyon family.

Thanks to you, I was reminded that John Lyon was married to a royal princess.

Camilla descends from Robert the Bruce on multiple lines of her family.
"

--- that is all fine and dandy.. Camilla may have had royal blood in her, but so is most people in the UK via illegitimate line.. Camilla's connection with Charles II also gives her an impressive bloodline but saying she has more royal blood in her than Diana would be absurd..

As proven, Diana is related to practically related to every crown head of Europe through both legitimate and illegitimate lines.. Patrilineally, as a Spencer, she descends from titled nobility since 920, making her a member of Europe's Ancient Nobility or in German, "Uradel" families.. from her Hamilton ancestors, she is a legitimate descendant of King James II of Scotland and his Queen consort Mary of Guelders, who's daughter Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland married James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton.. their son, James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault was the direct ancestor of the Dukes of Abercorn.. as also discussed, Diana is a legitimate descendant of the Electors Palatine which makes her related to the Houses of Orleans and Habsburg-Lorraine.. not to mention countless other connections to various royal families.. More so, as a direct descendant of John Churchill, who was the sovereign Prince of Mindelheim, the Spencers would have enjoyed legitimate royal status if the Imperial Diet allowed their imperial titles to be passed down in the female line..

As i said earlier, i never said that Diana has more royal blood in her than the queen.. I said it all goes down to preference and personal opinion.. If you think that the Queen who descends from actual rulers since the 10th century and is related to the Kings of England, Scotland, Prussia, Denmark, Saxony, Hanover, Wurttemberg, Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg, Dukes of Ernestine Duchies, etc. is more royal, then its all good.. or if you think an aristocratic Lady that came from a hereditary titled family since the 10th century and is related to Holy Roman Emperors, Austrian Emperors, Kings of England, Scotland, France, Spain, Bavaria, Ancient Gaelic Kingdoms, Electors of the Palatinate, Grand Dukes of Tuscany, Dukes of Milan, etc has more blue blood in her, then its okay too..

thanks for reading my post.. it was a great honor..
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