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Kate Middleton: Jewish or not?11:00 am Wednesday, November 17, 2010
by rachel leibold
Is Kate Middleton Jewish?
I was intrigued to learn that the future princess' mother was born Carole Goldsmith. Could Prince William possibly be marrying an MOT - and how would that sit with the House of Windsor?
Technically, according to Slate magazine, royals can only be removed from the line of succession if they marry a Roman Catholic - so Jews are still a-ok. But as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, I think the queen would sleep a little better at night if her line married Anglicans or similar.
Sadly, according to fairly definitive online source JewornotJew.com, even if there are Jews in Kate's family tree, at least five generations of the Goldsmith clan have been married in churches, so if there was any Jewish link (and I have a hunch there was...) it was lost long ago. Still, it's nice to think that there might possibly be a couple drops of Jewish blood in the royal family for many generations to come - even if they won't exactly be hosting a seder at Buckingham Palace.
There may be, however, at least one Jewish connection to the royal wedding next year: Elizabeth Emanuel, the Jewish fashion designer who created Lady Diana's '80s-tastic wedding dress for her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. The Jewish Chronicle reports that bookmakers are giving 5-to-1 odds on Emanuel being tapped to design Kate's dress.Permalink Leave a comment Spread the Word E-mail a friend
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