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Duchess in red: Is Kate is related to Chris de Burgh with links to Irish aristocracy and 14th Century royalty
Kate Middleton is related to Chris de Burgh, Guy Ritchie and Beatrix PotterTourism Ireland is set to use Duchess's Irish link in visit Ireland campaign
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Members of the royal family have attended the parade by 1st Battalion Irish Guards for more than 100 years
Although the Duchess's Irish heritage
dates back to the 14th century, Tourism Ireland has deemed this link
strong enough to feature in a campaign to attract visitors to the
The Irish Tourism
board has yet to release its findings, but chief executive Niall Gibbons
said Kate's Irish links had been proven.
Kate looked perfectly poised in emerald as she celebrated St Patrick's Day with the Irish Guards last year
The Duchess of Cambridge was pictured with Prince William at the wedding of Mark Tomlinson and Laura Bechtolsheimer in Switzerland
Mr de Burgh, who has sold 45 million records over a 40-year career, told
the Daily Telegraph: 'I was unaware that there is a distant connection
between the de Burgh family and the Middletons.
'At least that will give us something to talk about should we ever have a cup of tea together.'
The Argentinian-born singer added: 'There are probably many others also connected to both families.'
de Burgh's guess was correct, as the duchess can name film director Guy
Ritchie, actor Sir John Gielgud and authors Beatrix Potter and Arthur
Ransome, among her distant relatives.
Mr de Burgh has military tradition in his ancestry, with his
grandfather having been British Army General Sir Eric de Burgh, who
became chief of general staff in India in 1939.
Last year Kate celebrated St Patrick's Day by presenting soldiers from the Irish Guard with shamrocks, as part of a royal family tradition.
The duchess was pictured this week with her husband Prince William at the wedding of Mark Tomlinson and Laura Bechtolsheimer in Switzerland.