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I've traced my family and I should be Queen!

Byline: By Gareth Rogers South Wales Echo

A south Wales mum believes she could have been Queen of England - if only Harold had won the Battle of Hastings. In an English Heritage quest to find the real royal family, they asked people who could trace their family tree back to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to come forward and Judith Di-Sandolo, of Pontyclun, has done just that.

The former farmer's wife, 60, is housebound with a breathing condition, but has a real passion for tracing her family tree and believes she has found blood lines to two branches of royalty.

She is related to William the Conqueror and St Margaret of Scotland, whose brother Edgar may have been king if Harold had won the Battle of Hastings.

Mrs Di-Sandolo, originally from Pembrokeshire, said: 'I have been researching my family history since my mum died about 20 years ago.

'I wanted to find out more about my family history and it is incredible to think of the people who I am related to.'

Judith, whose maiden name is Hunt, says she has researched her history back to Henry Hunt, who married a woman called Jane De Veere in the early 1600s.

Miss De Veere was the daughter of the 15th Earl of Oxford, a direct relative of William the Conqueror.

Mrs Di-Sandolo, whose father came from London, said: 'I have become absolutely fascinated with finding out where I've come from and to think I could have been in the Royal Family is amazing.'

English Heritage plans to settle some of the many disputes to the British crown which took place after Norman king William the Conqueror claimed the throne in 1066, and Mrs Di-Sandolo is one of hundreds to come forward.

English Heritage is looking for people who are linked to William the Conqueror or St Margaret of Scotland.

Genealogist Nick Barratt said: 'We were exploring a 'What If?' scenario.

'Queen Elizabeth and the House of Windsor need not feel threatened. The throne is safe with them.'

Mrs Di-Sandolo, who believes she is relative of both, said: 'I love the Royal Family and I would love the idea of being Queen for the day, but I don't think I could to the job full-time, I would have to abdicate!': William the Conqueror links:Judith Di-Sandolo - daughter of David Hunt (born in London in 1927). Descendant of Henry Hunt (born 1542 in Gosfield, Essex), who married Jane De Veere. She was the daughter of Aubrey De Veere. He was the Son of John De Veere (15th Earl of Oxford), who was a direct descendant of William the Conqueror. Judith Di-Sandolo - daughter of David Hunt. Direct relative of Thomas Hunt, who married Dorothy Bloomfield. Dorothy was the son of John Bloomfield, who married Jane Josselin. Jane Josselin was the daughter of St Gilbert Josselin of Semperingham, who was a descendant of St Margaret of Scotland.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 9, 2007
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