In 2018, a Moroccan newspaper made an assertion that created quite a stir: that it had traced the lineage of Queen Elizabeth II all the way back to the Prophet Muhammad. In reality, the queen’s descent from the founder of Islam had been known – if not widely – since at least 1986. Below are thirty things about that, and other lesser-known British queen facts.
30. Queen Elizabeth II is Descended From the Prophet Muhammad
In 1986, Burke’s Peerage, an authority on British royal pedigree, traced the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II back 43 generations and determined that she was descended from the founder of Islam. Burke’s research revealed that Her Majesty’s bloodline runs through a fourteenth-century Earl, to medieval Spain, and eventually to Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. Those findings were supported by records from Middle Ages Spain, which in turn have been verified by a grand mufti – the highest Islamic religious scholar – of Egypt.
At the time, Burke wrote noted that: “It is little known by the British people that the blood of Mohammed flows in the veins of the queen. However, all Moslem religious leaders are proud of this fact“. In a letter to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Burke’s cautioned that the queen’s bloodline would not protect her from Islamic radicals. As they put it in a letter to the Prime Minister: “The royal family’s direct descent from the prophet Mohammed cannot be relied upon to protect the royal family forever from Moslem terrorists“. As seen below, the key link between the line of Islam’s founder and that of the British royal family is a medieval Muslim princess who fled to the Christian kingdom of Castile.