Sunday 23 October 2016

DNA test to solve 300-year mystery of count 'who had affair with British King George's wife'

Published 26/08/2016 | 17:13

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The mysterious disappearance of a Swedish count reputed to have had an affair with the wife of George Ludwig of Hanover, later King George I of Britain, may soon be solved.

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German authorities are planning to test DNA taken from human remains found beneath Hanover's Leine Palace earlier this month to determine whether they belong to Count Philipp Christoph von Koenigsmarck.

Determining the identity and the cause of death may confirm whether von Koenigsmarck was murdered when he vanished without a trace on July 1 1694, German news agency dpa quoted Hanover prosecutor Thomas Klinge as saying.

The alleged affair between the dashing young soldier and Sophia Dorothea of Celle prompted the future George I to divorce her the same year. She was imprisoned until her death in 1726.

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