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Are you descended from royalty? It’s extremely likely if you have one of nine last names

There are other ways to work out if you are related to the monarchy.

This can be done looking through family records and online databases.

Philip said: “The best way to begin your journey is by organising the box of old photographs that’ve been sitting in your loft or basement for years.

“Looking through photographs and other documents can help you build out your family tree and history. Ask your family members to look in their homes too, and share anything interesting they find.

“Don’t only look for photographs; newspaper clippings, diaries, education certificates, job records, and family bibles can be great clues in your search for royal ancestry.

He went on: “Parish registers are local church records of baptisms, marriages, and burials and will pre-date official registration.

“Once you’ve uncovered the villages and towns where your relatives lived, you can use the parish register to trace your heritage back to the time of King Henry VII and potentially uncover a long-forgotten marriage to nobility or royalty.”

Or you can turn to palace records. Philip said: “You can also find a list of every individual who worked for the royal household between 1526-1924 online. Covering a period that spans almost 400 years, this is the go-to list if you think you may be related to the Royal Family or your ancestor may have worked for royalty.

“Monarchs would typically employ over 1,000 people, providing plenty of opportunities for you to uncover an ancestor who is tied to the Royal Family in some way.”

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