However, what's interesting to note is that despite the lack of native blood, the various European royals would, in fact, come to acquire the physical traits of the peoples in the lands of their various dynasties.
One wouldn't dream that the Duke of Braganza, for instance, is a German, through and through -- but he is: he certainly doesn't look it, however! In fact, he looks about as Portuguese as, say, Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1870-1949), who was every bit as German, looked Italian.
As for the Greek royals: these German-blooded cousins came to acquire classic, Grecian profiles. And the Romanovs of Russia came to acquire a Slavic look. Consider Czar Nicholas II and his brother-in-law, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich ...
What's truly remarkable is how members of the house of Orléans (descendants of King Louis-Philippe) have looked so very French despite the fact that they, too, are almost completely German!
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