Edited by Damian on 13/5/2017, 23:56:03
: I am not sure whether the general public knew
: about the PoA's illness. Probably not. But
: surely the politicians did.
I recall reading that there were widespread rumours that the PoA was suffering from some sort of blood disorder and a belief, especially among the simpler folk, that a soldier was periodically selected to provide blood for the heir to the throne. Then again I read similar things about the Tsarevich too so not sure how true any of this was.
: You are right. The illness ruined the royal
: marriage. After the PoA's birthday and the
: diagnosis, the couple was never the same.
: The King was aware that it was not her
: wife's fault, but he said he could not avoid
: blaming her for bringing the illness to his
I read that Alfonso was warned about the dangers of marrying into Queen Victoria's family because of the possibility of haemophilia but chose to take the risk and when it sadly didn't pay off then ironically chose to blame his wife which may have been a convenient way of denying his own responsibility for ignoring the warnings.
: No idea about Ena and Alix. I do not know
: even if they had any kind of relationship.
: We know about letters between Queen VE and
: Queen Mary, for example, but I have never
: read letters between the Queen of Spain and
: the Tsarina.
Like you I'm not aware of any published correspondence between the two but nevertheless I find it hard to believe that Alix and Ena were not fully aware of their common predicament because of their unfortunate inheritance. For one thing, there was the significant Battenberg connection with Alix's sister being married to the brother of Ena's father and the undeniable family gossip that must have passed between the two branches. The Battenbergs were nothing if not talkative.
: BTW, one of Queen VE descendants, Alessandro
: Lequio, grandson of Infanta Beatriz, has
: recently found out that he has a mild form
: of haemophilia. So, it seems Infanta Beatriz
: inherited the gene.
That is very sad to hear but at least a relief that it seems to be in a mild form plus the availability of modern medicine which renders this condition much less dangerous than it was in the time of Ena and Alix. It would seem then that the less desirable of QV's genes have now persisted down to the fifth generation. She would not have been amused!
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