Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884), Fourth and youngest son of Queen Victoria
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The birth of Leopold was the first at which Victoria used chloroform, thus sanctioning the use of anaesthesia recently developed by James Young Simpson. Leopold inherited the disease of haemophilia from his mother and spent most of his childhood as a semi-invalid. He also suffered from epilepsy, an illness that affected the course of his life. Unable to pursue a military career because of his illness, he instead became a patron of the arts and literature and served as an unofficial secretary to his mother.
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