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Posted by Jane on 19/12/2019, 16:24:01User logged in as JanEl
Have there been cases in European royal history of this, other than the famous example of Mary of Modena giving birth to a healthy son and heir, resulting in the Glorious Revolution that toppled her husband (King James VII/II) from the British throne? I know there were allegations at the time that the queen's pregnancy had ended in miscarriage or stillbirth, and that a substitute child (born to a peasant woman, no less) had been presented as the longed-for heir. The contentious claim became the basis for the controversial practice (now discontinued) later on, of having witnesses present at British royal births.
I also know that Lady Colin Campbell contends, in her controversial biography of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, that Marguerite Rodière (the French-born family cook) was the actual birth mother of the woman born as the Honourable Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. But one is talking here of somebody born to nobility, not royalty.
I was just wondering about other cases of royal imposters (or charges of such claims). The fact of the matter is that in today's world, biological maternity can be questioned -- just as biological paternity has been for ages. How do you know, for instance, that the child is not a hospital mix-up baby?