Ancestry experts said they were able to work a connection which established the Pirates of the Caribbean star and Queen Elizabeth II as 20th cousins.

The bloodline was not set in stone, though, with genealogists admitting they were relying upon an unreported but widely known marriage in the 1600s between Yorkshireman Richard Denton and Helen Windebank to link the pair. One branch of Depp's family tree descended from Sir William Gascoigne and his wife Margaret Percy, who was a direct descendant of King Edward III.

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