first cousin


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For the years leading up to his death at age 40, Radziwill was her husband’s primary caretaker alongside his first cousin, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and his wife, Radziwill’s close friend Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy., "Carole Radziwill Doesn't Care If She's Your Favorite Real Housewife," 11 June 2018 Robin and Tiffany were first cousins and the two youngest in the family. Michael Harriot, The Root, "How to Watch Your Family Drown Slowly," 15 May 2018 Bill Coleman, John’s first cousin, was killed during the war. Alex Kingsbury,, "You’ve got mail — for now," 10 May 2018 Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin, wore a John Cavanagh dress to marry Scottish businessman Sir Angus Ogilvy. Cady Lang, Time, "The 12 Most Influential British Royal Wedding Dresses of All Time," 1 May 2018 The fact that Marchand, one of the youngest first cousins in her family, was killed at 37 also strikes her because Marchand's own father died young of an illness, leaving Marchand, his two sisters and his mother behind. Emily Lane,, "'Life of the party' dead at 37 after New Orleans East shooting, family says," 27 Jan. 2018 Among the first were the new royal's godparents, Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Mrs. Robert Carter, and Duchess Kate's first cousin, Lucy Middleton. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton Wore Baby Blue to Her Nephew Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 Here’s a look at the marriages of key members of the British royal family beginning with Queen Victoria’s 1840 union with her first cousin, Prince Albert. Scott Harrison,, "Royal Wedding: British royal weddings since 1840," 15 May 2018 Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, the Queen's first cousin. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Was on the Buckingham Palace Balcony for the 100th Anniversary of the RAF?," 10 July 2018

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: a child of your aunt or uncle a

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