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Princess-to-be Kate Middleton has Maryland family ties

Princess-to-be Kate Middleton has Maryland family ties

Soon-to-be princess Kate Middleton has a few prominent Marylanders — and American celebrities — in her family tree.

Middleton, a commoner who marries Prince William on Friday, is a distant cousin of "The Star-Spangled Banner" author Francis Scott Key, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and Colonial Maryland governor Sir Thomas Bladen, the namesake of Bladensburg, according to "The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton."

Released this month by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the book traces Middleton's roots back hundreds of years, and ties the 29-year-old to a host of historical figures, from George Washington to World War II Gen. George S....