I can't find the reuters archive but abcnews also reported on that (link not works any more too old) http://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/DailyNews/london001025.html When it comes to picking the winner in the American presidential race, Britainâs leading chroniclers of royal ancestors say theyâve never been wrong â not once in almost 200 years. Based on facts gleaned from the old scrolls and dusty archives of Burkeâs Peerage â researchers of royal bloodlines since 1826 â the Brits wager it will be Texas Gov. George W. Bush. âThe presidential candidate with the most royal genes and chromosomes has, up to now, always won the White House,â say the researchers at Burkeâs Peerage. They say Bushâs blue blood runs thicker than Vice President Al Goreâs. In fact it trumps the royal ties of every other president to date, including his fatherâs. It seems George W. has inherited his motherâs deep blue blood-line. His Royal Highness, King Dubya Burkeâs publishing director, Harold Brooks-Baker says Bushâs royal connections are startling. â[Bush] is closely related to every European Monarch both on and off the throne,â says Brooks-Baker. Some of the governorâs royal kin include Britainâs Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Dutchess Sarah âFergyâ Ferguson and even the late Princess Diana. His most prominent ancestor may be Englandâs King Charles II, who shared the governorâs vision of a strong military. Going back nearly 1000 years, Brooks-Baker points out both the Bush and Pierce families [Barbara Bushâs maiden name is Pierce] were high society. âNot one member of his family was working class, middle class, or even middle, middle class,â he notes. Alâs Family Hardly Peasants Goreâs family members werenât exactly peasants. The vice presidentâs family tree includes Charlemagne and three Holy Roman emperors. And a good fight wouldnât frighten the vice presidentâs most famous ancestor, Englandâs Edward I â best known today as the king who defeated, then executed Braveheart. Edward was also said to be very popular with the ladies. His descendent, Al Gore certainly won the hearts of many American ladies with âthat kissâ he publicly planted on wife Tipper. Although Gore is running a bit behind Bush in the European royal count, his blood-line runs close to some American home-grown nobility, including Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, and âBuffalo Billâ Cody. Trump Card Buckingham Palace politely declined to comment on the recorded royal connections of either candidate. âThis sort of thing happens every time thereâs an American Presidential Election,â scoffed one palace official. But if the Burkeâs Peerage prediction has its doubters, the company doesnât hesitate to defend its crowning legacy. âYou canât just write off 200 years of accurate predictions,â says Brooks-Baker pointing out Mike Dukakis learned about the âroyal factorâ the hard way. The 1988 Democratic nominee and son of Greek immigrants had no connections to any European thrones, and he lost in a landslide. October Surpise? Although Bush maintains a clear royal advantage, Burkeâs Peerage claims to know why the race is so close. âNever in the history of the United States have two presidential candidates been as well endowed with royal alliances.â However the royal researchers are hedging their bets saying their dig through the documents continues. Brooks-Baker says Gore still has a chance to prove heâs âroyal enoughâ for the top job. âLike Jimmy Carter, it is possible that he is the product of several royal love children of the past,â Brooks-Baker says. âThose connections are harder to trace.â Thus Burkeâs Peerage leaves open the possibility for an October surprise â and either a Bush, or a Gore, coronation Nov. 7. If They Were Alive Today... Bushâs most famous relative, Englandâs King Charles II built a strong military, but at record spending levels. His health care plan proved to be a disaster during his reign â as 70,000 perished from the plague in London alone. If Charles were alive today, he might have been useful to Bush with his strong Catholic ties, and a proven victory in New York. (Charles walloped what was then the Dutch colony âNew Amsterdam.â) Goreâs most famous relative fought back considerable uprisings from Scotlandâs William Wallace and the Welsh. But Englandâs King Edward also faced public scrutiny for his (military) campaign fundraising. Though generally regarded as a successful lawmaker and administrator, record tax increases he imposed to fight Scotland and Wales made the king highly unpopular with his key constituents.