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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:39 am
 


Singer James Blunt, who used to be a soldier in the British Army and fought in Kosovo, is a descendant of a Danish king with blue teeth who used to rule England.

By MARTEL MAXWELL
and ELISE JENKINS

POSH singer James Blunt has revealed he is related to Danish royalty — and that his ancestors fought at the Battle of Hastings.

That means ancient relatives of the pop hunk, who hit No1 with You’re Beautiful, may feature on the famous Bayeux tapestry, which charts the 1066 clash.

Blue-blooded James, 28, who attended Harrow private school, is a descendant of Viking Gorm the Old, who ruled Denmark in the middle of the tenth century.


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Bayeux ancestory ... James Blunt



He said: “I’m related to King Gorm the Old — and my ancestors left Denmark in 1066 to fight in the battle of Hastings. Our family name was Blond.”

Successors of Old Gorm — whose son Harald was dubbed Bluetooth — later ruled England.

James followed in their warlike footsteps by joining the Army before taking to the stage.

These days James, who lives in London, is ruling the charts after selling 1.5million albums.

Yet despite his success the star — recently voted Best New Act at the Q magazine awards — admits he is totally skint.

The king’s relative is waiting for royalties to pour in so he can afford a place to live.

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Harald The Bluetooth


VIKING Old Gorm set up Denmark’s first royal house with son Harald.

They unified the nation and launched an empire.

Their successors also came to rule England, Norway and part of Sweden.



All this crumbled after the 1035 death of King Canute, although Gorm’s descendants continued to reign in Denmark.

Harald was nicknamed “Bluetooth” because his teeth were stained blue from eating blueberries.

Modern bluetooth technology is named after him as it unites mobile gadgets.


thesun.co.uk


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