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Infographic: Deaf People in the Royalty

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Discover in this infographic the deaf people in royalty throughout history all over the world, up to the second line of succession (descendants of kings or queens).

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Infographic: Deaf People in the Royalty

JOAN STEWART

Scotland (1428-1493)

Daughter of James I, King of Scotland. Known as muta domina (mute lady). Said to be the first image of a deaf person in the world.

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YURI OF UGLICH

Russia (1532-1563)

Brother of Ivan the Terrible, born deaf. He was not a candidate to inherit the Russian throne but governed the appanage of Uglich.

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EMMANUEL PHILIBERT

Italy (1628-1709)

Second prince of Carignano, he was born deaf. A great lover of architecture, he built the Carignano Palace in Turin.

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KANTHIRAVA NARASAJA II

India (1672-1714)

King born deaf in the south of India. He was maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore and was called Múk-arasu (mute king), his reign enjoyed a certain popularity

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LOUISE OF ANHALT-DESSAU

Germany (1798-1858)

Princess by birth, daughter of Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Anhalt-Dessau. Born deaf.

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LOUISE OF HESSE-KASSEL

Germany - Denmark (1817-1900)

Queen consort of Denmark and wife of King Christian IX of Denmark. Deaf in the last years of her life.

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FRANÇOIS D'ORLÉANS

France (1818-1900)

Prince of Joinville, third son of Louis Philippe I of France, last French king. Deafness began in his youth. Talented watercolour artist.

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PRINCE PHILIPPE

Belgium (1837-1905)

Prince of Belgium, he renounced several privileges, including the throne of Greece in 1863, aware of the obstacles of his time with deaf people, staying in Belgium.

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ALICE OF BATTENBERG

United Kingdom (1885-1969)

Born profoundly deaf, she was admired for her beauty, her generosity and her renunciation of wealth and privilege in favour of the underprivileged.

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INFANTE JAIME

Spain (1908-1975)

Second son of king Alfonso XIII of Spain, he renounced the throne because he was deaf due to a childhood operation. He is recognised as an affable and affectionate person.

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