The Hapsburg Lip
The above portrait is of Charles II, who was King of Spain
from 1665 to 1700, and who displays this characteristic trait, a trait
that was passed down through the Austro-Hungarian monarchy through successive
inbreeding. The Hapsburg lip deformity
affected poor Charles II so badly that he could not chew his food. Years of inbreeding had also taken its toll on his
intelligence (he was retarded) and his powers of procreation (he was impotent).
For a pedigree of the Hapsburg lip trait, click HERE.
For a fun and irreverent history of the Hapsburg monarchy,
"Best Hideously Inbred Royal Family of the Millennium," click HERE.
For a more sober history of the Hapsburg monarchy, click