Queen Victoria Spread Hemophilia Throughout Europe's Royal Houses

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Queen Victoria, a major proponent of pure blood lines, married her cousin Albert, and the two had nine children who then passed hemophilia to royal families throughout Europe. She arranged all their marriages to other Royal family members.
Queen Victoria, known as the matriarch of European royalty, had hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder. Though she managed to avoid most serious side effects of the disease throughout her lengthy lifetime, the ancestors who brought it with them to royal houses throughout Europe were not so fortunate. Typically, hemophilia is acquired by women through both parents's genes and would have had nothing to do with the fact that Queen Victoria was married to her first cousin, the prince Albert.

However, historians have disputed whether or not the queen's father — Edward, the Duke of Kent — was in fact her biological one. Five of Queen Victoria's grandchildren and one of her own children died from hemophiliac complications, and as her lineage spread throughout royal houses in seemingly every European country, hemophilia continued to afflict them for decades — including possibly launching WWI as well as causing the murder of the Romanovs.
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That was a VERY interesting article! I loved reading the stories, I only wish there were more details provided with each one. This one stuck out to me, because of the subject ---
Cleopatra Was Probably Obese - As Was The Rest Of Her Family

While Cleopatra is known in popular culture for her slender figure and stunning beauty, it's more likely she wasn't that at all. Specifically, archeologists believe Cleopatra suffered from obesity, and her family was to blame. In the Ptolemy tradition, Cleopatra's family regularly practiced incest. Obesity in her family was exacerbated by the incest, and many believe she and her brother and sister were both afflicted with less-than-attractive features.

Cleopatra was fleshy faced, hawk nosed and had fat hanging under her jaw.

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Women are typically carriers of hemophilia. It is quite rare for women to suffer from the disease because of the way it's passed genetically. Von Willebrands, another clotting disorder is passed genetically to both sexes however and some forms of VWB can be as severe as hemophilia.
Hemophilia is a rare blood disease that usually occurs in males. In fact, it’s extremely rare for women to be born with the condition because of the way it’s passed down genetically. A female would need to inherit two copies of the faulty gene — one from each parent — to develop hemophilia A, B or C. Boys only need to inherit one copy of the faulty gene responsible for hemophilia A and B, but both parents’ faulty gene for hemophilia C.

However, women can be carriers of the disease and may also experience issues with clotting factor. These women often only possess between 30 percent and 70 percent of the clotting factor of someone who isn’t a carrier. This is usually enough to protect from severe bleeds but can lead to problems with heavy menstruation.

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