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Haemophilia in Spanish Royal Family
Posted by JSR
on 12/5/2017, 13:22:27
I have just read Robert Service's excellent book "The Last of the Tsars", which describes in detail the end of the Romanov rule in Russia. It was known at the time that haemophilia was a genetic disorder and was present in some descendants of Queen Victoria. The fact that Nicholas's heir, Alexis, had inherited the disease was only known to the boy's parents and doctors, although some other members of the family and courtiers had an idea Alexis had this illness.
I understand that Queen Victoria Eugenie also carried the gene for the disease and that her and Alphonso XIII's eldest son, Alphonso, and their youngest son, Gonzalo, had the illness. Was this known to the public in Spain at the time? Do we think that Queen Ena and her cousin the Tsarina knew about the illness in each other's children? I know that the Tsar, for all his faults, was a loving husband and never blamed the Tsarina for the illness. I have heard King Alphonso was less understanding.