In media outlets around the world, a strange claim is spreading like wildfire. Years ago, a British genealogist traced the family history of Queen Elizabeth II – and discovered some startling results. Now, the papers are reporting that she is descended from the Prophet Muhammad himself – but is there any truth behind the headlines?
When Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926, no one ever expected that she would grow up to rule the country. But when her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated, she became next in line to the British throne. And after King George VI died in 1952, she became Queen of the United Kingdom – a title that, at time of writing, she has held for more than 65 years.
In the years since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, the British nation has seen irrevocable change. But as the Empire’s influence waned across the globe, England’s royal family remained as the symbolic figureheads of a Commonwealth of dozens of countries, with the U.K. at its core. Surely, then, the Queen is as quintessentially British as cups of tea, Beefeaters and the Union Jack?