The royal connection

There was this online article about Prince William’s Fargo, North Dakota cousin’s royal celebration. “Kay Johnson wasn’t too upset about being overlooked for Friday’s royal wedding guest list. Besides, she wasn’t the only Spencer to get snubbed.” Unfortunately, the free access post disappeared.

This story is specificallly interesting to me because my wife and daughter are likewise related. Seems that late in the 17th century, John Olin married Susannah Spencer, and my wife is a direct descendent, ninth generation I believe. Susannah Spencer is somehow an ancestor of Diana Spencer, who married Prince Charles, who had two sons, William and Harry.

We didn’t get up early to watch the wedding. But we did turn on the TV c 7 a.m. EDT to see a bit of the post-wedding pageantry, during which time I shared with the daughter her royal connection. Ever since, she has shared the news with all of her friends, has done drawings of herself as princess, has dressed up as princess…This too shall pass, eventually.

I met Kay Johnson (pictured) at an Olin family reunion in Binghamton, NY a few years back.

0 thoughts on “The royal connection”

  1. I like royalty, but actually I am a bit sceptic and always wonder, how people can claim to be royal or belong to nobility. I think that the most dominant male persons, sometimes even female, claim to be the leaders and then lateron they call themselves kings or emperors. Look at Napoleon. He was a descendant of a modest middle- class family. He put all his relatives on the thrones of Europe. All Dutch princes and all crown princes of Europe marry commoners now. I don’t mind, for they are goodlooking and charming girls, but it means that it is not important what kind of class you belong to as long as you are fair and use your power for good causes. Classes are man-made.
    I think that you will agree with me that it’s more important what we do and who we are now than what our ancestors were or did. My husband’s step-mother was a Lady. Once she said to me :”don’t be ashamed that you are a simple middle-class girl”! I was angry because I am proud of my hardworking relatives, who were honest working-class people.
    BTW I watched the wedding all day long and enjoyed the whole ceremony.


  2. The Middleton sisters, Pippa, Kate and the new one we’re reading about, Catherine (!) seem on the way to being the most photographed women in the world since… well, since Princess Diana, Prince William’s mother and a former Royal wife. Let’s hope they fare better with the world’s press than she did – and that the press give them more room to live their lives too.


  3. I see Elizabeth Hurley’s now officially divorced from Arun Nayar. That big Hindu wedding, grander in some ways than our royal weddings locally, doesn’t seem to have helped much in the way of stability or lasting happiness. Regarding them, celebrities have just as hard a time as the rest of us, it seems. Maybe even worse. Who can say?


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