Royal family: a relative of Prince Charles born 150 years ago who is the spitting image in an old photo
Members of the royal family are often subjected to people pointing out how much they resemble their historical ancestors. Whether it’s how eerily similar Princess Beatrice and Queen Victoria are to how much Zara Tindall looks like the queen’s aunt, there are certainly plenty of royal lookalikes out there.
But if there was one living royal who shares the closest resemblance to a deceased relative, it is undoubtedly Prince Charles and his paternal great-grandmother. Prince Charles Philip Arthur George was born on November 14, 1948 at Buckingham Palace to the then Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
As for his looks, the Prince of Wales later became famous for his bulging ears – a long-running joke that even prompted the Queen to say: “Thank God he doesn’t have ears like his father” when Prince William was born in 1982.
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But if there was one historical figure to turn to for insight into the origin of Prince Charles’ genetics, it would definitely be Prince Philip’s grandmother, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine. Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (later known as the Marchioness of Milford Haven) was born at Windsor Castle in 1863 and was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
She would then marry Prince Louis of Battenberg and have four children, Princess Alice (mother of Prince Philip), Queen Louise of Sweden, George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven and Lord Louis Mountbatten. During World War I, the Battenberg family dropped their German surname and adopted the more English name of Mountbatten.
Princess Victoria was widowed in 1921 and eventually helped raise and educate Prince Philip after his mother’s institutionalization and subsequent divorce.
Prince Philip would later recall: “I loved my grandmother very much and she was always helpful. She was very good with children…she took a hands-on approach to them. and the emotional.”
Victoria spent much of her life at Kensington Palace and sadly died there on September 24, 1950. She is buried next to her husband in St. Mildred’s Church on the Isle of Wight. Another relative that Prince Charles looks like is his great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII.
Albert Edward was born in 1841 and was the second child and eldest son of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. He was born at Buckingham Palace and grew up to be known for his round figure and huge sexual appetite.
‘Bertie’ – as he was known by his family – had to wait more than 60 years to accede to the throne as King Edward VII following his mother’s death on January 22, 1901, but his reign was relatively short as he died in 1910.
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