Reading through the approved “souvenir programme” of The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from June 2, 1953, with its “Genealogical Table Showing the Descent of the Crown,” reminded me that both the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, are descended from Queen Victoria.

In fact, the couple are third cousins because they share great-great-grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Queen Victoria and Albert were parents of Elizabeth’s great-grandfather, King Edward VII, whose wife was Alexandra; and of Philip’s great-grandmother, Alice, who was married to Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Edward VII and Alice were siblings.

King Edward VII and Alexandra were parents of Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, whose wife was Mary. Alice and Louis IV were parents of Philip’s grandmother, Victoria, who was married to Louis of Battenburg (Mountbatten). Thus, George V and Alice were first cousins.

King George V and Mary were parents of King Edward VIII, who abdicated; and of King George VI (birth name Albert), who was married to Elizabeth, known as the Queen Mother. Alice and Louis IV were the parents of Alice, who was married to Andrew, son of King George I of the Hellenes. Thus George VI and Alice were second cousins.

King George VI and Elizabeth were parents of Princess Elizabeth II, who became Queen on her father’s death in 1952, though the Coronation wasn’t held until the next year. Alice and Andrew were parents of Philip, who was named Duke of Edinburgh by Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth and Philip are third cousins.

Queen Elizabeth and Philip have four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward. Besides being siblings, they also are fourth cousins to each other. Moreover, they are third cousins, once removed, to Philip through their mother’s line. And, they are third cousins, once removed, to the Queen through their father’s line.

Here’s the short lesson: If you share a set of grandparents with someone, you are first cousins. If you share great-grandparents, you are second cousins. If you share great-great-grandparents, you are third cousins.

Here is an interesting request, and I hope we can help. The Bangor Police Relief Association and the Bangor Police Department are preparing to dedicate plaques in memory of two people who were killed in the line of duty as Bangor police officers — Officer Patrick Jordan and Officer Francis Murray.

Both officers had family in Bangor when they were killed. If there are any relatives of these officers still in the Bangor area now, they are asked to contact Sgt. Cathy Rumsey at the Bangor Police Department at 947-7460.

The hope is to find relatives who might be able to attend the dedication of the plaques on Police Memorial Day on May 14.

The Brewer Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the community room on the second floor at Machias Savings Bank, 581 Wilson St. The speakers will be Maine Civil War authors Diane and Ned Smith.

Diane will discuss her new book on Gen. Ulysses Grant and the Overland Campaign and the conflicts within the Union Army after Grant took over. Ned will speak about his new book on the 2nd Maine Cavalry.

All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

The Wassebec Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the conference room at Mayo Regional Hospital on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Nina Brawn, genealogy columnist for weeklies such as the Piscataquis Observer, will speak on “Researching Your Irish Ancestry.” All are welcome. For directions or information, call 564-3576.

The Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the Emergency Management Room at 28 Center St. in Machias. The speaker for the afternoon will be Ronie Strout of Addison, who will discuss “The Worcester Family of Western Washington County.”

WCHGS is a group dedicated to historical preservation and genealogical research in Washington County. Historical societies, genealogists and researchers pool their limited resources, collaborate on larger scale projects and promote each other’s work. Members receive a quarterly newsletter, Weirs & Woods, which features free queries, information and the exchange of genealogical material, in addition to news from the affiliating Washington County historical societies.

Membership in WCHGS is open to anyone interested in learning more about their family genealogy and/or the history of Washington County and neighboring Charlotte County, New Brunswick. Officers include President Betsy Fitzgerald of Bucks Harbor; Vice President Celeste Sherman of Machiasport; Secretary Valdine Atwood of Machias and Treasurer Carole Sprague of Marshfield. Dues for individual members are $10 per calendar year, payable to WCHGS and sent to Carole Sprague, 301 Ridge Road, Marshfield, ME 04654.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email

Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist