With the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, it seems lots of folks are trying to claim some connection to the couple or the nuptials.
We dug around to see how Kentucky is linked to Wills and Kate. Despite numerous ties to his Thoroughbred-loving grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, there aren't many to the couple, who have never shown as much interest in racehorses. Here's a quick rundown of what we found.
» British equestrian William Fox-Pitt — defending champion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which starts Thursday at the Kentucky Horse Park — is the brother of Alicia Fox-Pitt, one of Kate Middleton's oldest friends and said to be one of the lucky 100 invited by the couple themselves to the wedding, the British press reports.
» In 1982, when they were Kentucky's governor and first lady, John Y. Jr. and Phyllis George Brown sent a Kentucky-made quilt to Prince William as a baby gift.
» Waddell Walker Hancock, matriarch of the famous Claiborne Farm in Bourbon County, entertained Prince William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in her home.
» William S. Farish of Lane's End Farm near Versailles served as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain from 2001 to 2004. Queen Elizabeth has stayed at the farm at least once.
» When Queen Elizabeth visited Kentucky in 1984, Lexington police Officer James Turley arrested Mark Edward Rhoads, who identified himself as a member of the U.S. Army's explosive disposal team that was traveling with the queen, for driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.
» Kate is descended from coal miners. Granted, they worked in Northern England's pits, but there are few more Kentucky-connected jobs. Not in Kate's Kentucky favor: She's allergic to horses.