Kate Middleton has Canadian connection
Kate Middleton reacts to the crowd during a visit Witton Country Park in Darwen, northern England April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool
Kate Middleton has a connection to Canada -- her grandfather spent many years here, the website Ancestry.ca says.
Historical records reveal her grandfather, Peter Middleton, "spent some of his formative years in Calgary, where he was stationed during the Second World War while training with the Royal Air Force," the website said in a release.
He was posted to Canada as a flying instructor for more than two years before he saw military action in England in 1944.
At 17, Peter Middleton also visited Canada on a school trip in August, 1939.
It was part of a school "empire tour" party and a passenger list shows him arriving in Quebec, from Liverpool, on August 11 aboard the SS Andania.
Kate Middleton is the finace of Prince William. They are set to marry April
29 and will be travelling to Canada June 30 to July 8.
The website also notes in Canada this year, there will be nine thousand "royal" weddings -- nuptials where one of the partners can claim ties to some form of royalty. About 10% of Canadians have royalty in their family tree, the release said.
For those wondering if they have royalty in their veins, Ancestry.ca suggests looking at surnames, look for wealth in your family's history, look for titles such as sir or count, and find out if any surnames have Norman origins. Many early Normans had direct royal connections.
"With the royal wedding coming up, it's a great time to try to discover if you have a royal tie, and there may be many Canadians out there now who have connections with the royal family without even knowing it," website historian Lesley Anderson said in a release.