How is Queen Elizabeth II related to Queen Victoria?

Queen Elizabeth II at a ball at Buckingham Palace

The connection between Elizabeth and Victoria explained (Image: Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It’s a wonderful and special time for fans of the Royal family – because it’s Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum anniversary.

As well as a four day bank holiday (woo) across the UK there are many festive events and parties including the annual Trooping The Color parade.

The Platinum Jubilee marks Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary on the throne, making her the longest reigning monarch in our history.

Previously, the record was held by Queen Victoria, who reigned for almost 64 years.

Of course, as monarchs, Elizabeth and Victoria are related – but how exactly? Here’s what you need to know.

How is Queen Elizabeth II related to Queen Victoria?

Queen Victoria

A portrait of Queen Victoria, the Queen’s great-grandmother of two (Image: Culture Club/Getty Images)

Queen Victoria is Queen Elizabeth II great-great-grandmother.

Victoria was born in 1819 and succeeded her uncle King William IV in 1838.

She had many children with Prince Albert – including her eldest son, Albert Edward, who grew to be King Edward VII – and Elizabeth’s great-grandfather.

Edward VII’s son, King George V, was Elizabeth’s grandfather, with Mrs. Queen Mary (of Teck) her grandmother.

His eldest son Edward VIII was Elizabeth’s uncle. He was briefly king until abdicating the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. He was then known as The Duke of Windsor.

The line to trace Philip and Elizabeth back to Queen Victoria (Image:

And then it was the second son Elizabeth’s beloved father – known to his family as Bertie – who unexpectedly ascended the throne as King George VI.

After his death in February 1952, Elizabeth – then known by her title Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh – became Queen of the United Kingdom immediately at the age of 25.

Interestingly, the relationship with Queen Victoria means that Queen Elizabeth and her late husband, Prince Philip, were distantly related.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were technically third cousins.

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