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I do see a fair bit of Xenia and Marie Feodorovna in the pictures of Irina as a young woman, but she also resembles her Aunt Anastasia. There's also a resemblance to both Olga and Tatiana; less so to Marie and Anastasia Nicholaievna. That makes sense since the family was so interrelated. I think Irina had a hard life and it shows in her facial expression. At a guess, I'd say she might have been a rather shy person who withheld much of her personality from others.

I suppose Vicky could have been a carrier with the phenomenally good luck not to have the disease manifest itself in her offspring. Her mother had three older sons -- Albert, Alfred and Arthur -- who were not hemophiliacs. Then WHAM! comes Leopold, the eighth child. Say Vicky was a carrier and none of the four boys was a hemophiliac. Her eldest daughter had only a daughter, who had no children herself. Charlotte and Feodora might have been carriers without anyone knowing it. Moretta had no children either that survived. She might have been a carrier as well. It's an interesting thought. If Henry had been a hemophiliac and he and Irene had a daughter, they might have had a rare case of a girl with hemophilia.

As a carrier of the hemophilia gene, Alexandra's own blood clotting factor would have been lower than normal. I wonder how much that contributed to her various health complaints. Since they used birth control, it seems that they deliberately chose not to have more children for whatever reason.

Now I'm really curious to see a picture of Barbara as an adult. Did she look like Anastasia later as well? I guess that solves the "mystery" of who Anastasia took after. She had the looks of her mother's family.

Anyone else see a striking resemblance between little Barbara and photos of Anastasia as a little girl?

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Prince Andrew of Greece and his family
« on: September 16, 2004, 07:24:27 PM »
Some have said that Elizabeth has looked elsewhere for affection!  There has been lots of speculation about Philip's extra-curricular activity - so to speak - but one fact that has been asserted is that he has a natural son who, I believe was conceived before his marriage.
With regard to Elizabeth, I find the idea that she may have sought solace elsewhere incompatible with what we know of her as a person; her concept of duty, royal or otherwise is fundamental to her character.
All this is bit off topic but I will conclude by saying that Philip is renowned in the UK for his tactlessness (which has taken on a racist form at times) and for being a hard taskmaster to his male children and staff.  It is said, with some truth I think, that Princess Anne most closely resembles her father in terms of temperament - more so than her siblings.  Quite frightening really.......

I find this site rather interesting:

It claims that Prince Andrew was actually fathered by someone known as Henry Herbert, Earl of Carnarvon or Lord Porchester, and Prince Edward's biological father was someone called Baron Patrick Plunket. There are photos of both men on the site that look quite similar to the respective princes. I've never seen much resemblance between Prince Andrew and Prince Philip. Edward looks a bit like his mother.  If Philip behaved the way some stories say, who could have blamed the poor Queen for finding love elsewhere?

But who knows? The webmaster of the site has an agenda. He wants to abolish the British monarchy and wants all of the Royal Family to submit to DNA testing.

Well, I'll confess to owning a copy of "Anastasia" and loving the song "Once Upon a December." I'm in my thirties. I also don't view liking the movie or the fictionalizations of the story as a betrayal of anything. There are two Anastasias, really: the historical version and the one who has passed into myth and legend. Studying the history as a sort of amateur historian has been been my hobby since I was in junior high. I respect the research historians can do and have branched out to read about the history of the Old Believers, of Revolutionaries, of what made the ordinary Russian tick. I think I read War and Peace when I was 16 because I was interested in Anastasia's world. But as a writer and a lover of fairy tales and myth I love the movie. Anastasia fills a primal archetype: the lost princess trying to find her way home. The family wouldn't be nearly so popular if there wasn't that question about whether Anastasia survived. We tell Anastasia stories the way people in other centuries told stories about the French Dauphin or the Princes in the Tower. All had many pretenders. All were innocent children who were displaced. We tell the myths because we need them and because it's satisfying and hopeful to put a happy ending to them. And the cartoon really was pretty well done. I could have done without the stupid talking bat though.

I may well be mistaken, but isn't mitochondrial DNA less rare than some people believed initially. I remember reading a book that came out a few years ago -- "The Seven Tribes of Eve" or some such that says there are seven main groups of mitochondrial DNA for Europeans. The mitochondrial DNA for Alix and her daughters was of a type that is relatively common in Germany, according to this book.

In any case, the mitochondrial DNA is interesting because it helps scientists and anthropologists trace the migration of different population groups to different areas. It gives us a new insight into history before there are written records.

You know -- I still can't tell the difference between the two girls! May at 2 looked like her sister at a similar age and the girls also looked alike at 4. Who is the older girl in the above photo? Is that Ella or Irene?

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