As Prince William and his wife Catherine arrive in New Zealand today, on the start of their Australia/ New Zealand Royal Tour, there is one family in Brisbane brimming with excitement.
You might look at Mark Lowers and think he looks like an ordinary bloke, but it turns out he is actually the second cousin of the woman about to woo Australia.
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William touch down in New Zealand today to an adoring public desperate to catch a glimpse of Prince George. It is the first time the public is expected to see an extended glimpse of the Royal baby out and about since his birth.
After an eight-day tour of New Zealand, they will finally touch down on Aussie soil and one blood relative is waiting in hopeful anticipation.
Mark Lowers, a 46-year-old mine worker who lives in Brisbane, is actually Kate Middleton’s second cousin.
He told the Daily Mail over the weekend that he would “love to have them over, throw a few snags on the barbie and crack a few cold ones but I don’t think they’re going to have time!”
He’s been in the public eye before. Back when the Duchess was pregnant, his family tree was splashed all over the newspapers. It turns out his mum Lillian and Kate’s mum Carole had the same grandmother, Edith Eliza Chandler.
“That makes them first cousins and makes Kate and me second. I guess the little fella George is a third cousin of some sort,” he said.