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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Bishop Justin Welby's descent from royal bastard

__.Bishop Justin Welby, the Old Etonian Bishop of Durham, who is expected to be named as Archbishop of Canterbury, has a distinguished lineage which includes Marshal of the RAF Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford, who was chief of the Air Staff though most of the Second World War, and he counts the Stuart kings among his ancestors.

Welby (b 6 Jan 1956), is eleven generations in descent from the Merrie Monarch King Charles II and his French mistress Louise Renee de Penancoet de Keroualle, via their son Charles Lennox, who was created Duke of Richmond. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is also a Lennox descendant and thus a kinswoman of the primate-to-be.

The bishop's royal genes have been passed down from Welby's mother, Jane, Lady Williams of Elvel. Another collateral is the 18th century statesman Charles James Fox.

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