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The Habsburgs / Inter-Marriage and In-Breeding
« on: April 21, 2007, 03:54:57 AM »
The Hemophilia spread more throughout the families, and was helped to continue on through first cousins marrying each other, but the probably initial case of Hemophilia (in QV as a carrier) was due to a spontaneous genetic mutation at her conception, which may have had something to do with the advanced age of her father.

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The Windsors / Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll
« on: February 19, 2007, 01:08:55 PM »
Is it true that Louise's real name was actually Louisa?

I had never heard or read that before but it says so in the following information:

Princess Louise of Great Britain
1848

Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 18 March 1848 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 3 December 1939 at Kensington Palace
Christened: 13 May 1848 in the Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace by John Bird Sumner, Archbishop of Canterbury*
Names: Louisa Caroline Alberta†
Godparents:
• Duke Gustav of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (for whom her father Prince Albert stood proxy)‡
• the Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen (née Princess Marie of Hesse-Cassel, for whom Dowager Queen Adelaide stood proxy)
• the Hereditary Grand Duchess (later Grand Duchess) of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (née Princess Augusta of Great Britain, the Queen's cousin, for whom Augusta's mother the Duchess of Cambridge stood proxy)
Sources: BBR:246; Illustrated London News, 30 May 1848; The Times, 15 May 1848; Wake:19-20

* Queen Victoria's elderly aunt, Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, was a guest at the ceremony. The Duchess was, however, "in one of her nervous states", according to Her Majesty when she wrote to her uncle King Leopold I three days later, "and gave us a dreadful fright at the Christening by quite forgetting where she was, and coming and kneeling at my feet in the midst of the service. Imagine our horror!" (Benson/Esher, Letters, Vol. II, p. 174)

† The names pronounced at Princess Louise's christening were Louisa Caroline Alberta, but within a few years, "the first name by which she was known [Louisa] took the form of Louise". (Williamson, Brewer's British Royalty, p. 246)

‡ Princess Louise's parents had initially chosen a fourth godparent for their daughter (the Prince of Prussia, the future German Emperor Wilhelm I), but it was deemed politically prudent not to have a member of a royal family whose throne was seen as unstable during the revolutionary state of affairs in Europe at this time. (Wake, Princess Louise, p. 20)

From the Royal Christenings site: http://users.uniserve.com/~canyon/christenings.htm#Christenings



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The Tudors / King Stephen I
« on: December 20, 2006, 10:30:28 AM »
I noticed King Stephen does not have a thread about him.

Does anyone have any pictures and information about him? He interests me.



From what little I have read of him, he sounds like a kind and not very ruthless man, especially for the time.

From Wikipedia:

Stephen had many traits that made him seem superficially fit for kingship: his high birth, his descent from the Conqueror, his handsomeness, his bravery and his good nature. But he possessed none of the ruthlessness necessary for the ruthless times he lived in; indeed, Walter Map says of Stephen: "He was adept at the martial arts but in other respects little more than a simpleton."

He doesn't look to handsome in the above pic though.  :-\

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The Windsors / King William IV, Queen Adelaide, the family
« on: September 09, 2006, 02:03:26 AM »
I was looking for a thread on H.M. Queen Adelaide who was the Queen Consort of William IV, but I have been unable to find one.
Can anyone tell me anything about her? I am curious why she does not get much attention. Does anybody have some pictures or stories of Adelaide?



I have one good picture:



I would also be really interested in seeing a picture of Queen Adelaide's Coronation Crown, I haven't been able to find one anywhere. Apparently she was the first Queen Consort since Mary of Modena, consort of James II, to have her own Coronation Crown made.

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