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The Habsburg lip/chin

From L to R: Philip III (1598 - 1621); Philip IV (1621 - 1665);
Charles II (1665 - 1700)

Generations of rampant inbreeding led to the development of an inherited deformity that became known as the “Habsburg lip”. The “Habsburg lip” was characterized by a protruding lower jaw, which often led to difficulties chewing, speaking and keeping one’s mouth closed.

Philip IV (son of Philip III), suffered from prominent “Habsburg lip”, as well as a difficulty in producing a suitable heir. In his lifetime, Philip had fifteen children with two separate wives. But most of his children were physically degenerate, and most died in childhood. However, the need to name an heir was absolute, and Philip had no choice but to hand the throne to his youngest son Charles II (son of Queen Mariana of Austria… Philip’s second wife and niece).

In King Charles was manifested centuries of tainted Habsburg genes. Charles’ “Habsburg lip” was so pronounced, he was unable to chew food. His tongue was so large, he was unable to speak intelligibly. He was so severely mentally handicapped, he was never given an education or taught to read. By the time he reached his thirties, Charles’ was fully bald, epileptic, and unable to walk. Towards the end of his 35 year reign, the Spanish people began to believe that he was possessed by the devil, and so Charles II became known as “The Bewitched”. A marriage was arranged for him, but he was physically incapable of fatherhood. When Charles II died heirless in 1770, the Habsburg bloodline died with him. (via)

Apparently, Marie Antoinette also had the Habsburg lip.

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    BFF and i had a super long discussion about inbreeding in royals the other day. we talked about europe and egypt (OH MY...
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    Velasquez did a lot of these paintings. They’re quite interesting, and it’s easy to see how the lip became even more...
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    This is so interesting.
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