_Amber Rudd, the Conservative MP and newly appointed Home Secretary has a colourful royal ancestry.
The Home Secretary is eight generations in descent from the Merrie Monarch King Charles II and his mistress Barbara Palmer, Duchess of Cleveland.
She descends from King Charles's illegitimate daughter Lady Anne Fitzroy who was born in 1661. Lady Anne married Thomas Lennard, 15th Baron Dacre, and 1st Earl of Sussex. Their daughter Anne, was Baroness Dacre in her own right, and mother of Thomas Barrett-Lennard, 17th Baron Dacre. The 17th peer was father of Sir Thomas Barrett-Lennard, 1st Baronet. His grandson, another Thomas, was 2nd baronet. Sir Thomas, the second baronet, was the father of Emma Isolda Barrett-Lennard (later Fitzgerald). Emma was mother of lawyer, Maurice Pembroke Fitzgerald, QC, whose daughter, Ethne is the wife of stockbroker Tony Rudd, Amber's father.
The newly appointed Home Secretary is a 9th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.