Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is related to some European monarchs through the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. Pictured: The Queen is driven from Crathie Kirk Church following the service on September 2, 2018 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Getty Images/Jeff J. Mitchell

Queen Elizabeth II is related to several European monarchs in the Western world.

Matthew Robinson, a journalist for Express, revealed that the Queen is closely related to King Harald V of Norway, and they are second cousins. The king is also 60th in line to the British throne.

The Queen is also closely related to Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and former King Juan Carlos of Spain. All three are her third cousins. Her Majesty and former Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands are fifth cousins.

Robinson claimed that the Queen is related to several European monarchs because of the former obligation for royals to marry individuals with noble blood. This rule is stipulated in the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.

For instance, Queen Victoria’s children married into the European Royal household, creating close relationships between the monarchs from other nations. Queen Victoria also arranged the marriage of her son, Edward VII, to Alexandra of Denmark, the eldest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark.

In related news, Her Majesty has also maintained a close bond with a number of her royal counterparts. She also invited some of them to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, as well as the Sovereign’s Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle a year later.

Queen Margarethe II previously spoke warmly about the Queen and said, “She’s wonderful. I really admire the way she has lived her life, the way she continues to live her life. She’s so dedicated and she has a marvelous sense of humor. I’m lucky enough to know her privately and I do enjoy that sense of humor. I also think that in the later years, that sense of humor has come across to the general public in Britain much more than it used to. And I’m so delighted for her sake.”

The Danish monarch has enjoyed multiple trips to London to visit the Queen, as well as to attend the theater.