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For hundreds of years, the British royal family have enjoyed astonishing popularity in many countries around the world. Even to this day, news that one of the members of the clan is getting married can put the planet into a frenzy. But while Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s respective entries to The Firm prove that aristocrats aren’t the only ones allowed to wed a prince, traditionally things were once a little different. And as it happens, even current-day royals have some alarmingly close connections within their family tree.

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With a reign only surpassed in length by her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria remains one of Britain’s most iconic monarchs. Notably, Victoria’s time on the throne saw the further development of the U.K.’s constitutional monarchy; her husband, Albert, you see, had urged her to be less partisan when dealing with Parliament. And while Victoria and Albert were famously very close, their familial ties didn’t stop at marriage. In actual fact, the pair were first cousins.

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