Elizabeth II’s claim of descent through Zaida of Seville back to Fatima Al-Zahra

Image: Princess Elizabeth of York in October 1951 on her vist to Canada, wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad tiara by Cartier.

by Ahmed Khan, Founder, The Rahnuma Daily
Editor-In-Chief (therahnuma.com)

(RAHNUMA) In 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

While the United Kingdom celebrates Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, it is little known by the British people it is also claimed, the blood of the Prophet Mohammed also flows in the veins of the queen.

Yes, the icon of Western civilization, the British royal family, and hence subsequently Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, “has Arab Muslim antecedents and is in fact descended from the Prophet Mohammed through the Arab kings of Seville, who once ruled Spain”, according to the British royal family’s official genealogy.

This claim came to light on the Internet when Professor of History at the University of Michigan John Ricardo, an American scholar, and historian of the modern Middle East and South Asia announced it.

Ricardo, who cited the UK’s prestigious Burke’s Peerage, the genealogical guide to royalty which claims, “by marriage, their blood passed to the European kings of Portugal and Castille, and through them to England’s 15th century King Edward IV.”

Rodrigo García-Velasco, a PhD Scholar at Woolf Institute & Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, also recognized and elaborated on this relation stating Zaida, a Muslim princess living in 11th-century Seville, is one of the most extraordinary ancestors of the British royal family.

“Her bloodline reached the English shores through her engagement to Alfonso VI, king of León-Castile. From their offspring descended Isabel Pérez of Castile, who in the 14th century was sent to England to marry Edmund Duke of York, son of King Edward III of England” said Garcia-Velasco for the University of Cambridge.

“Their grandson, Richard, Duke of York, led a rebellion against King Henry VI which developed into the Wars of the Roses. Richard’s second son Edward took the throne in 1461. Thus the legacy of Islamic Spain – better known as al-Andalus – found its way into the Plantagenet royal court.”

Until 1917, the House of Windsor used their original name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, indicating their Germanic roots, but as a result of the First World War against Germany, they decided to change their name to Windsor.

In fact, most of Europe’s royal families – including those of Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Austria and Spain – trace their bloodlines back to one another, through Zaida of Seville, thereby giving them the right to also claim relation though her, to the Prophet Mohammed through Fatima Al-Zahra.

Respected experts and commentators from the Arab world as senior Ali Gomaa, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt, commented Zaida of Seville was the House of al-Muʿtamid, ruler of Seville and a descendant of the daughter of the Prophet, Faṭima and her husband Imam Ali.

The relation originally came out when Harold B. Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke’s, wrote to then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to ask for better security for the royal family. “The royal family’s direct descent from the prophet Mohammed cannot be relied upon to protect the royal family forever…” he said.

Probably realizing afterwards the connection would be a surprise to many, he added, ”It is little known by the British people that the blood of Mohammed flows in the veins of the queen. However, all Moslem religious leaders are proud of this fact.”

Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her Platinum Jubilee.

Ahmed Khan is the Founder of The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online global English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu daily print newspapers throughout India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home and can be contacted at, editor@therahnuma.com
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