#572 Prince Leopold of England, hemophiliac

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Prince Leopold was the eighth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the youngest of their sons.  He was born April 7, 1853, and delivered with the aid of chloroform, administered by the Royal accoucheur, Dr. John Snow.  Leopold was the first of the Queen’s children to be born with her under it, Beatrice who followed four years later and was the last of the line, also received it.

; Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll by W. & D. Downey
by W. & D. Downey, albumen print, 1868

The safe arrival of Prince Leopold didn’t silence opposition to obstetric anesthesia altogether; but the Queen’s heartily expressed enthusiasm for pain-free childbirth helped make chloroform use respectable. Victoria’s youngest child, Princess Beatrice, was then delivered with the assistance of chloroform four years later in 1857.

Albert wrote that “Leo was jolly and fat” and “no beauty, ” and that set the tone of how the Royal parents treated him — he was left to the care of nannies until his father died on December 14, 1861, at which point the Queen became very taken with her last boy as solace.  She wrote that he was “abnormally pale” but tall and it was after she became close to him that she started to notice he “haemorrhaged” easily.  By the time he was a teenager, the family realized the problem.

The comparison of his chart to his second cousin, the Tsarevich, is an interesting one.

Leopold, the Duke of Albany, is Bowl with a lip that is formed by the Line of Personality, Saturn to Jupiter in the Ninth House at 24.27.  This common opposition has an outlet at T-Square at Mercury in Cardinal Aries at 23.29 in the eighth house of inheritances and finality.  As Aries rules the head and governs the Red Ray of Blood, it hints that he would die from a fall to his head & probably die from bleeding profusely from an inherited familial disease especially as Mars is also found in the house of its Lord.

Like the Tsarevich he has a few septiles in his chart.  The first one shows up between Pluto and his South Node, conjunct his Jupiter in the Fourth House of familial issues with a second opposition, technically a translation of light between Jupiter and the South Node, to the North Node, this mutable modality made him questioning with penetrating insight.


leopold birth

Theosophists  think that this opposition taps into the Sixth Violet Ray because Sagittarius rules the third decanate of Aries suggesting the superego regenerating Mars as it moves from the physical to the celestial plane and according to their system  Jupiter rules Uranus & Saturn rules Capricorn so that he would be cut down in the prime of life — hinted by Mars being square the North Node in the Tenth House of Adulthood.

When he died, February 21, 1884 at 3:30 according to his mother’s diary, the Duke of Albany had one Septile active, again from the Jupiter and the Galactic Center but this time to his MidHeaven at 18.25 Cancer, a Hyperion Symbol of “Guitars and Mandolins” embracing the duality that is  life and the North Node having moved from the Tenth House of aspirations to that of the Ninth and long journeys.leopold progressed

His son, Charles Edward Leopold, his Royal Highness Prince Leopold Charles Edward, inherited his title and became the second Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence and Baron Arklow.  The Duke, called Charlie, was born at Claremont House, near Esher Surrey, on July 19, 1884.

He was the first cousin of King George V (Edward and Leopold were brothers) as well as Kaiser Wilhelm II and forced by Grandmother Victoria to take over the House of Coburg-Saxe and Gotha, despite his many protestations at age fifteen.

Charlie married the niece of Empress August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenberg, Victoria Adelheid (Adelaide) and had five children including a daughter who married into the Swedish Royal Family.  He and his family remained loyal to the Kaiser during World War I while his sister married the British Queen Mary’s brother, the Duke of Teck and stayed on the Allied side of the Great War.


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