Bush Beats Gore in
Presidential 'Blue Blood' Stakes
Updated 11:12 AM ET October 17, 2000
LONDON (Reuters) - If royal genes have anything to do with electoral
success, then Republican U.S. presidential candidate George W. Bush will
be the next man in the White House, Britain's blue blood bible said
Tuesday. Burke's Peerage, a revered guide to the breeding of the
aristocracy, said both Bush and his rival Al Gore are of royal descent,
but investigations deep into their heritage show Bush has far more noble
and royal connections.
Bush is closely related to every European monarch on and off the throne --
including the King of Albania -- and has kinship with every member of
Britain's royal family, the House of Windsor.
He is a 13th cousin of Britain's Queen Mother, and of her daughter Queen
Elizabeth and is a 13th cousin once removed of the heir to the throne,
Bush's family tree can be documented as far back as the early 15th
He has a direct descent from Henry III and from Henry VIII's sister Mary
Tudor, who was also the wife of Louis XI of France. He is also descended
from Charles II of England.
"It is now clear that Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush have an unusually large
number of royal and noble descents," said Harold Brooks-Baker,
publishing director of Burke's Peerage.
"In point of fact, never in the history of the United States have two
presidential candidates been as well endowed with royal alliances."
Brooks-Baker said there had always been a significant "royalty
factor" in those who aspired to the White House, with Presidents
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt and
Ronald Reagan, among others, all boasting blue blood links.
Democrat candidate Gore, who is currently lagging Bush by one point in
opinion polls ahead of U.S. elections in November, has a less illustrious
Being a descendant of Edward I, he is also a cousin of former U.S.
president Richard Nixon, who resigned from the White House in 1974 for his
part in the Watergate scandal.
But Gore does have direct links to the holy Roman Empire.
He is a descendant of Roman Emperors Louis II, Charles II and Louis I and
is therefore also a direct descendant of Charlemagne -- the eight-century
The problem is, Gore's Charlemagne links also make him a cousin of George