History: How Queen Victoria unintentionally killed a whole bunch of European royals

Part I in a series looking at all the times monarchs have been royally screwed by death and disease

European royalty has been plagued by ill-health throughout history — to the surprise of absolutely no one since they were all as inbred as a bulgy-eyed brachycephalic pug stranded on a desert island with its equally brachycephalic family.

Queen Victoria

Here is part one in a series showing how, for certain monarchs, ‘keeping it in the family’ means inheriting more than just the throne.

McLeod’s daughters
Bearded Lothario and hot-tempered husband Henry VIII is rumoured to have fathered up to 13 children, only four of whom survived