[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 8 November, 2004, 20:56 GMT
Royal mystery exhumation refused
Henry Locock's gravestone
Family legend claims Henry Locock was the son of Princess Louise
An attempt by a man to exhume the body of his grandfather in Kent to prove he has royal connections has failed.

A church court rejected an appeal by Nicholas Locock to dig up the remains of his grandfather Henry, which are in St Nicholas churchyard in Sevenoaks.

Mr Locock, of Hampshire, wanted to use DNA from his ancestor to find out if he was the illegitimate son of Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's daughter.

The court said Mr Locock had failed to show a real likelihood of a connection.

Mr Locock had hoped to use DNA samples from his grandfather, who was buried in 1907, and compare them with samples from the murdered Tsarina Alexandra - a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

Family legend

Previously another church court refused him permission because he failed to show there were special circumstances to break with normal procedure for bodies to rest in peace.

The ruling has now been backed by the Arches Court of Canterbury, the highest church court.

They said Mr Locock had failed to show there was a real likelihood of a connection having existed between his grandfather and Princess Louise.

He also had not proved that an exception should be made for the body to be exhumed.

According to family legend, Mr Locock's grandfather was adopted by the son of Queen Victoria's gynaecologist, Sir Charles Locock, after being born in secret in 1867.

Mr Locock had said he was motivated by historical reasons because a biography is being written about Sir Charles.

Exhumation of 'Harold' refused
10 Dec 03 |  Southern Counties



News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific