Haemophilia in the Spanish royal family

Haemophilia in the Spanish royal family

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Caption: Haemophilia in the Spanish royal family. Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887-1969), queen consort of Spain, with her eldest son Alfonso (1907-1938), Prince of Asturias, to whom she passed the gene for haemophilia, an incurable blood-clotting disorder that can cause life-threatening bleeding. Princess Victoria was a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of Britain. She married King Alfonso of Spain on 31 May 1906. She had inherited the haemophilia gene from Queen Victoria. It is said that her husband never forgave her when their child's condition was diagnosed. They later separated after the Spanish royal family went into exile on 14 April 1931. Alfonso died from internal bleeding following a car crash in the USA in 1938.

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