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I can guess the genuine answer for this is “the prequels make no sense”, however I'm wondering if there's an in-universe answer.

At the end of Revenge of the Sith we see Luke get sent to his step uncle, and Leia adopted by the first person to put their hand up to have her. (A politician who no-one ran any background checks on, and no alarm bells were going off!)

I have a few problems with this. On the surface Leia got the best deal out of this, a life of luxury and space travel, whereas poor Luke got stuck in a desert, not allowed to join the academy and drinking blue milk.

Obviously it makes sense to split the two children, but did Padmé not have any family one of them could have gone with? She obviously had the family villa in Italy and seemed very well-respected and loved by her fellow Nabooians, hence the rather large funeral.

I can't believe her friends/family didn't know she was pregnant, or that with Coruscant’s fantastic medical care, questions weren't raised about whether children survived. (Cue a rather well-off angry old Naboo couple starting an investigation to find their missing grandchild, claiming it's a conspiracy).

So I suppose a TL/DR: did Padmé have any family? If yes, why didn’t one of the children go with them?

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Quick note, padme still looked pregnant at her funeral. I think they stuffed her like a turkey to make it look like she was still pregnant and her babies had died – ATB Jan 14 at 10:06
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that would be briliant. lets hide a child the first place anybody would look. just briliant! – Cherubel Jan 14 at 10:15
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Deleted scene - Padme's Family - youtube.com/watch?v=JK8kosNqKyw – Valorum Jan 14 at 10:30
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@CrazyDino, yes but since that farm is the very place where Shmi lies buried, Vader avoids the place like the plague (presumably to avoid being reminded once again about how weak he used to be when he was just Anakin). He doesn't even go planetside to look for the Death Star plans himself, whereas usually he is more an on-scene commander (at least after the initial fighting is done and a foothold has been established, as seen with the boarding party on Tantive IV or the Hoth Base). – BMWurm Jan 14 at 10:50
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“with Coruscant’s fantastic medical care, questions weren't raised about whether children survived” — Coruscant’s fantastic medical care apparently couldn’t even figure out that she was carrying twins! – Paul D. Waite Jan 14 at 10:57
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Although most of what has been written about these characters' back story is not canon, they do however exist in canon. Padme's parents are Jobal Naberrie and Ruwee Naberrie.

Padme changed her name to Amidala when she became Queen, and thanks to scott.korin's comment it appears that this is a tradition.

According to the novelization, the Organas were struggling to have a child at the time of Padme's death. It appears that they were blessed to adopt her:

“I can …” Bail Organa stopped, flushing slightly. “I’m sorry to interrupt, Masters; I know little about the Force, but I do know something of love. The Queen and I-well, we’ve always talked of adopting a girl. If you have no objection, I would like to take Leia to Alderaan, and raise her as our daughter. She would be loved with us.”

Yoda and Obi-Wan exchanged a look. Yoda tilted his head. “No happier fate could any child ask for. With our blessing, and that of the Force, let Leia be your child.”

So it seems that the remaining Jedi council were principally responsible for the fate of Luke and Leia, which is understandable because they were likely huge targets for the Empire should it become common knowledge. It's possible that the Jedi had chosen the safest possible places for each child, and the Naberries didn't have the necessary environment to be able to protect either of them (although this last bit is pure conjecture based on my own thoughts).

Discussion in this other question suggests that it was actually the purpose of the Jedi to place Leia in a position where she could be aligned with the Empire, but very easily be "activated" at a later date, even if it didn't happen per se.

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I believe each queen changes her name when she becomes queen. But I don't have a source for this. The Databanks just seem to infer this is tradition. starwars.com/databank/padm-amidala-biography-gallery – scott.korin Jan 14 at 13:50
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Edited my answer to include this and credited you. Thanks. – John Bell Jan 14 at 14:17
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@Kevin Perhaps one of them is infertile. I'm sure real world families struggling to conceive would be glad to hear how easy to think it is. – Azor-Ahai Jan 14 at 20:17
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@Kevin maybe Bail didn't feel comfortable telling two people that he wasn't that close to intimate details on his or his wife's fertility? – Cearon O'Flynn Jan 15 at 11:16
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"A rocky place where your seed can find no purchase, her womb is." - Yoda – mxyzplk Jan 15 at 14:57

Padme Amidala was born Padme Nabberie. House Naberrie is a proeminent family of Naboo, mainly involved in public service. Here her family tree :

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Source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/House_Naberrie

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Hmm... An interesting point of note there. It appears that on Naboo, family names are matriarchal (passed down from the mother). Had she survived, would Like have been Luke Amidala rather than Skywalker? – Theo Brinkman Jan 15 at 20:58
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@TheoBrinkman Leia and Luke took their adoptive family's name. Leia Skywalker is Leia Organa, cause she was adopted by family organa. Luke went to Anakin's family, so he became Luke Skywalker :) – Saphirel Jan 16 at 0:11
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Actually, Leia took her adopted family's name, but Luke went to the Lars family. (Specifically, to Anakin's half-brother, Owen Lars.) – Theo Brinkman Jan 16 at 5:41
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Doesn't quite have the same ring to it. "Luke Lars". Sounds like a 70s porn star. – John Bell Jan 16 at 9:07
    
Quite right... Just missed the porn-stache. Oh. Wait. Thanks Internet : i.ytimg.com/vi/x_IfmO3mu2M/hqdefault.jpg – Saphirel Jan 17 at 23:12

As to whether Padmé had a family, the answer is a firm yes.

Her parents and family are mentioned in both the Attack of the Clones novelisation and the original film script.

“No, but I-” the distracted Anakin started to answer, but he was interrupted by the squeals of two little girls, running out from the yard toward his companion.

“Aunt Padmé! Aunt Padmé!”

Padmé’s smile went as wide as Anakin had ever seen it and she rushed ahead, bending low to scoop the pair, who looked to be no more than a few years old, one a bit taller than the other, into her arms. One had hair short and blond and curly, the other, the older of the two, had hair that resembled Padmé's.

“Ryoo! Pooja!” Padmé cried, hugging them and twirling them about. “I’m so happy to see you!” She kissed them both and set them down, then took them by the hand and led them toward Anakin.

and

Not exactly like Padmé, Anakin noted. She was a little older, a little heavier, and a little more… worn, was the only word he could think of. But not in a bad way. Yes, he could see it now, he thought, watching as she and Padmé hugged tightly. This was whom Padmé could become-more settled, more content, perhaps. Considering the amazing resemblance, Anakin was hardly surprised when Padmé introduced the woman as her sister, Sola.

“Mom and Dad will be so happy to see you,” Sola said to Padmé. “It’s been a difficult few weeks.”

and

The next introductions were a bit more uncomfortable, but only for a moment, as Padmé showed Anakin to Ruwee, her father, a strong-shouldered man with a face that was plain and strong and compassionate all at once. He wore his brown hair short, but still it was a bit out of place, a bit… comfortable. Padmé introduced Jobal next, and Anakin knew that the woman was her mother without being told. The moment he met her, he understood where Padmé had gotten her innocent and sincere smile, a look that could disarm a mob of bloodthirsty Gamorrean raiders. Jobal’s face had that same comforting quality, that same obvious generosity.


There were even scenes filmed (that were ultimately deleted) in which we meet her extended family and learn more about Padmé's midriff household.

(timestamps 09:01 and 05:01 are especially illuminating)


When it comes to the question of why her family didn't come looking for her children, the simplest answer is that after her death, her corpse was arranged to look like she was still pregnant. According to the Star Wars Episode III: Visual Dictionary, her parents and sister were informed of her death but no further investigation (or official autopsy) was carried out on the planet due to Naboobian tradition.

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We also learn that her boots contain cushioned inserts, but that's mainly because I couldn't be bothered to crop the image properly. – Valorum Jan 14 at 21:36
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Why are these not (all) in the shiny new Blu-Ray set I bought? Hrmpf. – Raphael Jan 14 at 23:13
    
@Raphael - You should have coined out for the special edition bluray. It came in a box-set with about six other disks filled with crap. – Valorum Jan 14 at 23:18
    
I have a 9-disk box. I didn't think to look for more. Well, d'uh. Now I have some of the interesting material, and a bunch of other stuff. – Raphael Jan 14 at 23:20
    
Per the Ep III novelization, you're right. Padme's body was prepped to look like she was still pregnant. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/7943/… – TheIronCheek Jul 15 at 16:03

In the DVD extras (you can find some compilations like "15 minutes you did not know exist in Episode X") there are lengthy scenes about Anakin's visit to Padme's family as a Jedi bodyguard and suspect-boyfriend.

I guess, given the circumstances of her death, it was not hard to announce (or Force-convince) that the child died and was lost on the volcano planet... not sure if anyone knew twins were underway, and records (if any) might be altered. It might be announced a miracle that HER body was found and recovered so as to bury something. In military tradition, might as well be an empty zinc box.

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Sending Luke or Leia to Padme's family would have aroused more suspicion as to their true identity than to a stranger. They were lucky Vader did not suspect that his children might have survived (especially as Padme had a public funeral). I have thought that sending Luke to his family was dangerous, but that would still not have been noticeable to the wider empire due to their low profile and weak ties to Vader.

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