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King Philip IV of Spain, Signing Autographs in Front of Velázquez’s Philip IV of Spain

A Lesson in Humility

King Philip IV wasn’t quite as inbred as some of his less lucky and final relatives, such as his son Charles II of Spain. From Wikipedia:

Charles’s mother was a niece of Charles’s father, being a daughter of Maria Anna of Spain (1606–46) and Emperor Ferdinand III. Thus, Empress Maria Anna was simultaneously his aunt and grandmother… Joanna was two of Charles’ 16 great-great-great-grandmothers, six of his 32 great-great-great-great-grandmothers, and six of his 64 great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers… Charles II’s genome was actually more homozygous than that of an average child whose parents are siblings.

What we’re trying to say is that we hope this actor is okay with being compared to the guy’s dad.

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