Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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Boris Johnson and Winston Churchill have both been called upon to lead Great Britain through some very troubled times. Boris has always been a great fan of Churchill’s — he even wrote a biography of the man, published in 2015 and named The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History. Perhaps his interest was inspired by something more than mere admiration for a historical figure or kinship for a fellow leader of the British nation: it turns out that they are distant cousins as well!
Tap to the right to discover the full family connection between Boris Johnson and Winston Churchill!
Today, world leaders across the globe are once again called to inspire their citizens to stay strong and do their part to fight — though we are facing a very different enemy. One world leader who personally battled the novel coronavirus and emerged victorious is Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Great Britain. Boris contracted COVID-19 in late March and spent 3 nights in intensive care — at some points with his life hanging in the balance — before eventually recovering from the illness.
The current U.K. Prime Minister, was born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson in New York City to British parents in 1964, and was raised in the United Kingdom. He was appointed prime minister after his predecessor, Theresa May, stepped down in 2019, and led his party to a stunning victory in the subsequent elections. His family history is quite diverse: his father has both Turkish and European roots and is himself 5th cousins twice removed with Queen Elizabeth II. Boris’s maternal great-grandmother was a Russian Jewish immigrant to the U.S.
Winston Churchill was born 90 years earlier, in 1874, in his family’s ancestral home in Oxfordshire — also from a mixed British and American background. A direct descendant of the Dukes of Marlborough, his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a Member of Parliament for Woodstock in 1873. His mother Jennie was the daughter of a wealthy American businessman named Leonard Jerome. Winston replaced Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister in 1940 and led his country in their stubborn and ultimately successful resistance against the Nazis during World War II. He is widely celebrated as one of the great leaders of the modern age, as well as an accomplished, Nobel-Prize-winning writer.
Boris’s father is a direct descendant of William “the Silent” van Nassau-Dillenburg, Prince of Orange, who was born in Hesse, Germany in 1533, and his wife, Charlotte de Bourbon-Montpensier, Princess of Orange. The prince and princess had several daughters, and Boris is descended from one of them, Countess Jouise Juliana van Nassau. Winston’s father Lord Randolph was a descendant of her sister, Princess Charlotte Brabantine van Nassau. That makes Boris and Winston 11th cousins twice removed!