It's Good to Be the King

Sometimes when people research their family history they discover that they are descendants of royalty. It makes sense. I mean, if one bloodline were to be preserved over the ages, it would likely be a kingly one. Which raises the question, what would you do if you found out that you had royal ancestry?

First things first—get a crown. Nothing says “king” like a big jewel-encrusted crown made of solid gold. Of course, wearing a crown around town would make me look ridiculous—which is why I’d need a floor-length red cape with white-fur trim to go with it. A scepter would be cool, but I have no idea what I’d use it for other than pointing it at people that I’m addressing:

“You! Fetch me a goblet of root beer.” (As king, I would drink everything from a goblet.)

Finally, I’d commission a sculpture to capture my kingliness in immortal marble.

In all seriousness, what a discovery that would be! To learn that you have ancestors who bore a demanding mantle and who could have shaped the course of a people, a country, or even history. I imagine it would bolster one’s confidence to know that bearing responsibility is in one’s (royal) blood.

In an upcoming episode of The Generations Project, Hawaiian native Boyd tries to find truth in the family myth of his royal lineage. See what he discovers and what it means for him and his family.

What would it mean to you if you discovered you were the descendant of kings, chiefs, etc.? Leave your comments below.

And then bring me a root beer.


Jean-Fran├žois de Buren | May 6, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Well Charlemagne, but many Europeans are. Actually the royalty connection is the inverse, in the sense that I don't descend from today's royals but rather we share a common ancestor. My family were low on the peerage ladder. We were barons of the Holy Roman Empire until the title was stripped in 1831. It was a good gig while it lasted, the seal is pretty nice as well.

Anonymous | May 16, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I am related to Princess Diana

Tara | May 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I loved reading this little article! I am a straight descendant from many royals, and people always make fun of me when I tell them that! Hahaha! But I seriously love it. I jokingly tell people that they should bow to me, but then I get a few dirty looks. They also say, "Everyone is descended from royalty," which is so not true. Anyway...I'm glad that I am not the only one who thinks this way! :)

Some of my royal ancestors are:

Charlemagne: 41st GGF
Eleanor of Aquitaine: something GGM
Brian Boru: 34th GGF
William the Conqueror: 31 GGF

I feel like I'm bragging now. Thanks!

Anonymous | May 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

You know who's king of my house? Mr. Potato Head!

maryjane | May 24, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Wow, that's quite the royal blood line. If you asked me to bow to you... I think i would.

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