: 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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