Eastern Courier : April 29th 2011
e-edition EXTRA Grandad discovers royal link Prince Williams' distant cousins will be crowding around their television in Onehunga when he ties the knot with Kate Middleton. Kezia Latif found out this week that she is seventh cousin to the Prince of Wales, thanks to a surprising discovery made by her grandfather Neville Salisbury. Mr Salisbury has been researching the family history for a number of years and was able to verify the Salisbury link to the British monarchs with the help of top New Zealand geneologist Jan Gow this month. Kezia, who is half Indian and half English, says being related to the Royals means extra bragging rights with her friends, but as yet no wedding invite. "I've always felt there was something different about us -- so I wasn't that surprised," she jokes. "But seriously, to think I'm that closely related is pretty buzzy. Because if you look at us - we don't exactly share much of a resemblance. " She's optimistic that she may one day meet her distance relatives. "If the opportunity came up one day to meet them of course I'd take it, and we'd have to take some of Mum's curry as a gift." And she's impressed with her cousin's choice in a wife. "I like Kate, she's got a humbleness about her. And being a commoner will make William more down to earth." Mr Salisbury has been researching his family's geneology since 1979 and was able to get the connection confirmed with some extra assistance from Ms Gow. Ms Gow says the Salisburys and the Windors share a common relative, Thomas Salisbury who died in 1778, making Mr Salisbury sixth cousin to the Queen. "After looking at all of Neville's research and doing my own digging I'm 100 per cent certain they are related," she says. But Mr Salisbury isn't getting too carried away with the discovery. "It's a bit whimsical really," Mr Salisbury says. "At the end of the day we're all just ordinary people. And to be honest I'm prouder to be a descendant of the early pioneering farmers who first came here than the Royals. But it's certainly been a matter of amusement for us all to make the link." And the family will definitely be glued to its television set on the big night. "We'll all be getting dressed up, like we were invited," Kezia says. "It'll be a bit of fun." If you'd like a hand researching your own family history you can email Jan Gow on firstname.lastname@example.org. COUSIN'S WEDDING: Prince William and Kate Middleton have a link to the south Auckland suburb of Onehunga. BLUE BLOODS: Kezia Latif and Neville Salisbury have discovered they are related to the Royal family, but unfortunately their link hasn't resulted in an invite to the big wedding on Friday.
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