Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kate Middleton and Jane Austen Are Distant Cousins.

As I was driving home today, I heard the radio news cast about Ancestry.com revealing that Kate Middleton and Jane Austen were related. Oh dear, that is news indeed!

According to Time.com; "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Jane Austen might have written those words but who would have known that all these years later, a distant relative might indeed be able to relate?

Ancestry.com has done some digging and revealed that the newest member of the royal family, Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the legendary author, Jane Austen, are related.

Their common ancestor? That would be a certain Henry Percy, who was the 2nd Earl of Northumberland in the first half of the 15th century.  Percy is Kate's 16th great-grandfather and Austen's 10th great-grandfather, making them – but of course! – 11th cousins, six times removed.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/06/28/stranger-than-fiction-kate-middleton-and-jane-austen-are-distant-cousins/#ixzz1QZezDkpl

So, everyone's best loved Princess who, will undoubtedly go on to do many great things are also related to A. B. Hubback and T. R. Hubback, as a distant cousin despite being removed a few times! You can read  our article on The Hubback's relationship with Jane Austen here. My goodness! With the Hubback's contribution to Malaya, I do hope that this will stir more interest into our local history here in Malaysia with this news! What better way then to finish off, and I quote Mr. Ian Anderson, "I've had a Hubback Day!", unquote.


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