Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Izzy’s celebrity cousins

Isadore Navarre has many notable ancestors, including kings, emperors, dukes, counts, etc., as well as many prominent figures in the establishment of French Canada and Wisconsin.  All of that will be the subject of other articles.  Today I would like to mention some of the known living celebrities whom Izzy claims as cousins.

Royal Family

It may come as a surprise to some that Izzy, with this strong French background, claims as cousins Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom who is married to Duke Philip of Edinburgh.  Their son, Prince Charles of Wales who married Princess Diana, married Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, who is also a cousin of Izzy.

Queen Elizabeth is Izzy’s cousin through various common grandparents:

  • Count Baldwin IV of Hainaut and Alice of Namur 
  • King Henry I of England and mistress 
  • King William I "the Conqueror" of England and Matilda of Flanders 
  • Simon I de Montfort and Agnes d’Evreaux 
  • King Henry I of France and Anne of Kiev 
  • Count Baldwin V of Flanders and Adela of France 
  • Duke William V of Aquitaine and Agnès of Burgundy 
  • Fulbert of Failaise and Doda 
  • King Henry I of France and Anne of Kiev 
  • King Robert II of the Franks and Constance of Arles 

She is also the mother-in-law of Duchess Camilla of Cornwall who is Izzy’s 9th cousin, once removed.

Prince Charles of Wales, as the son of Queen Elizabeth, is also a cousin, simply once more removed.  He was married to Princess Diana of Wales and is married to Duchess Camilla of Cornwall.  And, of course, Prince Charles’ children, Prince William of Wales (married to Duchess Catherine of Cambridge) and Prince Harry of Wales, are also cousins, again one more time removed.

Duchess Camilla of Cornwall is a special case in that she is a 9th cousin once removed of Izzy.  They share the following common grandparents:

  • Zacharie Cloutier and Madeleine Emard 
  • Jean Guyon Du Buisson and Mathurine-Madeleine Robin dit Boulé 
  • Louis Hebért and Marie Rollet 
  • Count Baldwin IV of Hainaut and Alice of Namur 


We know of two current entertainers who share common grandparents with Izzy – Céline Dion and Madonna.

Celine Dion is Izzy’s 8th cousin once removed.  They share common grandparents in Antoine Desrosiers (1617-1691) and his wife Anne Du Hérisson (1732-1711).

Celine Dionne is a Canadian recording artist and entrepreneur.  Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world and, in 1990, she released the English-language album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. 

The rock star Madonna was born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.  She is Izzy’s 9th cousin and shares the same grandparents in Zacharie Cloutier (1617-1708) and Madeleine Emard (1626-1708).

Madonna is an American singer-songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums by which she found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts.

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