What disease runs in the royal family?

The monarchy of Britain has been afflicted with the disease Hemophilia.

Queen Victoria apparently carried the gene.  She married her first cousin and had nine children.  The gene was then passed on to her male descendants.  Her son Leopold died from blood loss after a fall.  Her grandson bled out at age two, and two other grandsons were affected.

Hemophilia was originally called the  “Royal Disease”, because it was first identified through Queen Victoria’s family.

Queen Victoria’s heirs married into royal families across Europe and Russia, carrying the genetic disease to many thrones.

New DNA tests performed on deceased royal family members have now confirmed that the family suffered from Hemophilia.

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