Sen. John F. Kerry has blue blood from all the royal houses of Europe, with even more titled relations than President Bush, Burke's Peerage said Monday.
Burke's Peerage, which researches genealogy, said the Democratic presidential candidate traces descent through his mother, Rosemary Forbes, to the royal houses of Albania, England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Byzantium, Persia (Iran) and France.
Forbes was descended from William Forbes, the Laird of Newe, an extended family that included many baronets, Burke's Peerage said. "It is via this family that the Democratic candidate is descended from Henry II, the king of England and father of Richard the Lionheart, who was leader of the third Crusade in 1189," the Peerage said.
By contrast, Bush is related to Queen Elizabeth II, 20 British dukes and many European princes, it said.
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