Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Queen of the castle

When Catherine Middleton was awarded the title Baroness Carrickfergus just before her wedding to Prince William, it was widely regarded as a mere royal perk for the commoner bride.

But it seems that she is indeed deserving of the title as her lineage on her father's side has been traced back to the Earls of Ulster, the de Burghs, one of whom was born in Carrickfergus Castle. So the old jibes about Catherine's mum being an air stewardess and being the stock of penniless miners from the north of England no longer hold water. And it does mean that she is distantly related to UUP MLA Danny Kinahan and singer Chris de Burgh. Maybe he will pen a follow up to his hit Lady in Red for his new relation.

When Catherine Middleton was awarded the title Baroness Carrickfergus just before her wedding to Prince William, it was widely regarded as a mere royal perk for the commoner bride. But it seems that she is indeed deserving of the title as her lineage on her father's side has been traced back to the Earls of Ulster, the de Burghs, one of whom was born in Carrickfergus Castle. So the old jibes about Catherine's mum being an air stewardess and being the stock of penniless miners from the north of England no longer hold water. And it does mean that she is distantly related to UUP MLA Danny Kinahan and singer Chris de Burgh. Maybe he will pen a follow up to his hit Lady in Red for his new relation.

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