29. Queen Elizabeth II – Hidden Uncle
Prince John was the fifth and youngest child of King George V and Queen Mary, he was also fifth in the line of succession.
In 1909, at four years of age, the Prince was found to have epilepsy and after his first episode, had shown signs of autism.
With his seizures increasing in intensity, Prince John was sent to live at Sandringham House, secluded from his parents and siblings.
He is remembered for his deep interest in the world around him, however, his tutors were withdrawn which impeded his educational progress even more; but this was due to the fact that it wasn’t guaranteed that he’d reach adulthood.
On January the 18th, aged 13, Prince John suffered a fatal seizure; it is said that when he passed away, “his face bore an angelic smile.”
His death brought forward the first-ever announcement of his epilepsy and he was buried not long after at St Mary Magdalene Church. He was Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle.