Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, who passed away peacefully on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96. She was also the Supreme Governor and Defender of the Faith of the Church of England, the state church of England that broke with Roman Catholicism in the 16th century. But was she related to Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity and the Son of God according to Christian belief? Here is what we know from historical and biblical sources.
The Church of England and the Royal Family
The Church of England is a form of Christianity that traces its origins to King Henry VIII, who renounced the authority of the Pope in 1534 and declared himself as the head of the church in England. His daughter Elizabeth I later established herself as the Supreme Governor of the church, a title that has been inherited by her successors ever since.
The Church of England is part of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide family of churches that share a common faith and heritage. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion and the chief cleric of the Church of England.
As the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II had a duty to uphold and preserve its doctrine, worship, discipline and government. She also had a personal faith in Jesus Christ, which she expressed in her writings and speeches. For example, in her foreword for the book The Servant Queen And The King She Serves, she wrote:
> I have been — and remain — very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love. I have indeed seen his faithfulness.
She also said in her Christmas message in 2014:
> For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.
The Genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II was a descendant of many kings and queens of England, Scotland, Ireland and other European countries. Her ancestry can be traced back to William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066 and became its first Norman king. She was also related to other famous historical figures such as King Alfred the Great, King Edward III, King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, King Charles I, King George III and Queen Victoria.
But can her genealogy be traced back to Jesus Christ? The answer is not clear-cut, as there are different sources and methods for constructing genealogical trees. Some claim that there is a link between Queen Elizabeth II and Jesus through King David, the ancient king of Israel who was an ancestor of Jesus according to the Bible. Others argue that there is no reliable evidence for such a connection, as many records are missing or unreliable.
One possible source for finding a link between Queen Elizabeth II and Jesus is through Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to some Islamic sources, Mary was a sister of Elizabeth, who was the mother of John the Baptist. Elizabeth was from the tribe of Levi while Mary was from the tribe of Judah. Levi and Judah were brothers, two of the twelve sons of Israel. This would make Mary and Elizabeth relatives and perhaps cousins.
If this is true, then Queen Elizabeth II could be related to Jesus through Mary’s side. However, this claim is not accepted by most Christians or Jews, who do not regard Mary and Elizabeth as sisters or cousins. They base their view on the biblical accounts that do not mention any such relationship between them.
Another possible source for finding a link between Queen Elizabeth II and Jesus is through Joseph, the husband of Mary. Joseph was also from the tribe of Judah and a descendant of King David. According to some genealogists, Joseph had a distant cousin named Nathan Mayer Rothschild, who was a famous banker and financier in Europe. Nathan Mayer Rothschild had a daughter named Hannah Mayer Rothschild, who married Lionel de Rothschild, another prominent banker. Lionel de Rothschild had a son named Nathaniel de Rothschild, who married Charlotte de Rothschild. Charlotte de Rothschild had a daughter named Emma Louise von Rothschild, who married Nathan Mayer Rothschild (a different person from his namesake). Nathan Mayer Rothschild (the second) had a son named Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (the second), who married Marie Perugia. Marie Perugia had a daughter named Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley (later Mountbatten), who married Louis Mountbatten (later Earl Mountbatten). Louis Mountbatten had a daughter named Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten (later Knatchbull), who married John Knatchbull (later Baron Brabourne). John Knatchbull had a son named Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull (later Earl Mountbatten), who married Penelope Meredith Eastwood. Penelope Meredith Eastwood had a daughter named Alexandra Victoria Edwina Diana Knatchbull, who married Thomas Hooper. Thomas Hooper had a son named Timothy James Hamilton Hooper, who married Sarah Margaret Chatto. Sarah Margaret Chatto had a son named Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto, who is the 26th in line to the British throne and a second cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.
If this is true, then Queen Elizabeth II could be related to Jesus through Joseph’s side. However, this claim is also not widely accepted, as it relies on many assumptions and uncertainties. For example, it is not certain that Joseph and Nathan Mayer Rothschild were cousins, as there are gaps and discrepancies in the genealogical records. It is also not certain that Joseph was the biological father of Jesus, as some Christians believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.
In conclusion, there is no definitive answer to the question of whether Queen Elizabeth II was related to Jesus Christ. There are different sources and methods for tracing genealogies, and none of them can provide conclusive proof or disproof of such a relationship. However, what is certain is that Queen Elizabeth II had a strong faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and that she served him faithfully as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. She was also respected and admired by many people of different faiths or none, as she embodied the values of peace, justice, dignity and service. She was truly a servant queen and the king she served..