Blast From The Past: Celebrities With Famous Historical Ancestors


1. Beyoncé and Queen Elizabeth II

It’s undeniable that Queen Bey is music royalty, but did you know that she also has familial ties to one of the most famous queens in the world? That’s right, Beyhive, this music queen shares noble blood with Queen Elizabeth II. The two are 25th cousins (once removed) thanks to their shared ancestor, Henry II.

Beyonce and Queen Elizabeth II, historical ancestors

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Now that we know where her royalty stems from, let’s talk about where she gets her musical talent. It turns out that Beyoncé is also distantly related to 19th century Austrian composer and conductor, Gustav Mahler. While not many people can say they share Mahler’s Austrian blood, there is actually another celebrity on this list who is lucky enough to call Queen Elizabeth II an ancestor. Any guesses as to who it might be?