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« Reply #60 on: June 02, 2019, 05:26:26 PM »



Compared to her cousin Alexandra of Russia, she had to deal with an angry husband in addition to all the other problems. I always disliked him for that until I read recently (can't remember in which book it was) that he was the only European royal honestly lobbying to save the Romanovs. While all the others more or less washed their hands of cousin Nicky and cousin Alicky, Alfonso tried what he could to save them. It really made me appreciate this otherwise not very likeable man. Now all I have to do is find the book where I read about it!

Am pretty sure it is Helen Rappaport's  The Race to Save the Romanovs. I raced through it and and King Alfonso came out well.
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« Reply #61 on: June 02, 2019, 05:28:52 PM »



Compared to her cousin Alexandra of Russia, she had to deal with an angry husband in addition to all the other problems. I always disliked him for that until I read recently (can't remember in which book it was) that he was the only European royal honestly lobbying to save the Romanovs. While all the others more or less washed their hands of cousin Nicky and cousin Alicky, Alfonso tried what he could to save them. It really made me appreciate this otherwise not very likeable man. Now all I have to do is find the book where I read about it!

Am pretty sure it is Helen Rappaport's  The Race to Save the Romanovs. I raced through it and and King Alfonso came out well.
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As for her eyes, remember that their wedding coach was attacked : 24 people were killed and about 100 were wounded.That must have made a long-lasting impression. Also, she had been a British Anglican princess once and became a Very Catolic Spanish Majesty and the Spanish Court can't have been the liveliest in Europe,either. I think she always felt foreign and lonely.

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« Reply #62 on: June 29, 2019, 04:03:49 AM »

In 1920 Queen Victoria Eugenie launched the Spanish Navy Cruiser Reina Victoria Eugenia which was named after her.
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« Reply #63 on: October 11, 2019, 02:37:20 AM »

Soon after he first met Princess Victoria Eugenie, King Alfonso XIII wrote letter after letter and postcard after postcard. This went on for about a year as the Spanish court negotiated the terms of marriage with King Edward VII.
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« Reply #64 on: October 11, 2019, 07:41:25 AM »

Soon after he first met Princess Victoria Eugenie, King Alfonso XIII wrote letter after letter and postcard after postcard. This went on for about a year as the Spanish court negotiated the terms of marriage with King Edward VII.

Sadly for VE his affection didn't last.
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« Reply #65 on: October 11, 2019, 11:58:40 AM »

Soon after he first met Princess Victoria Eugenie, King Alfonso XIII wrote letter after letter and postcard after postcard. This went on for about a year as the Spanish court negotiated the terms of marriage with King Edward VII.

Sadly for VE his affection didn't last.

He was even blaming her for bringing the "dreadful blooddisease" into the family. Weren't at least 2 sons afflicted?
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« Reply #66 on: October 11, 2019, 12:06:21 PM »

Soon after he first met Princess Victoria Eugenie, King Alfonso XIII wrote letter after letter and postcard after postcard. This went on for about a year as the Spanish court negotiated the terms of marriage with King Edward VII.

Sadly for VE his affection didn't last.

He was even blaming her for bringing the "dreadful blooddisease" into the family. Weren't at least 2 sons afflicted?

Alfonso and Gonzalo were haemophilic, Jaime was deaf. Only Juan was unaffected.

Another son, Fernando, was born dead.
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« Reply #67 on: October 11, 2019, 12:26:18 PM »

Soon after he first met Princess Victoria Eugenie, King Alfonso XIII wrote letter after letter and postcard after postcard. This went on for about a year as the Spanish court negotiated the terms of marriage with King Edward VII.

Sadly for VE his affection didn't last.

He was even blaming her for bringing the "dreadful blooddisease" into the family. Weren't at least 2 sons afflicted?

Alfonso and Gonzalo were haemophilic, Jaime was deaf. Only Juan was unaffected.

Another son, Fernando, was born dead.

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« Reply #68 on: October 20, 2019, 03:38:13 AM »


Soon after he first met Princess Victoria Eugenie, King Alfonso XIII wrote letter after letter and postcard after postcard. This went on for about a year as the Spanish court negotiated the terms of marriage with King Edward VII.

Sadly for VE his affection didn't last.

He was even blaming her for bringing the "dreadful blooddisease" into the family. Weren't at least 2 sons afflicted?

Alfonso and Gonzalo were haemophilic, Jaime was deaf. Only Juan was unaffected.

Another son, Fernando, was born dead.


I believe Jaime was born healthy but became deaf after a mastoid operation when very young.  Apparently he never learned (or was given help) to speak clearly and was rather badly treated for having these disabilities which resulted in low self esteem and a "touchy" nature.  He was persuaded to renounce any claim to the throne of Spain (he had also made an unequal marriage) and he, and his sons, caused some difficulties before Juan Carlos was restored. 
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« Reply #69 on: December 07, 2019, 11:12:35 PM »

King Alfonso XIII kept Spain neutral during the First World War. He did not wish to side against his mother's relatives in Austria-Hungary or his British in-laws.
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« Reply #70 on: January 25, 2020, 10:31:06 PM »

King Alfonso XIII paid a state visit to King Gustav V of Sweden in 1928.     
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JyPSvcf7bA
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« Reply #71 on: January 26, 2020, 06:12:52 PM »

King Alfonso XIII kept Spain neutral during the First World War. He did not wish to side against his mother's relatives in Austria-Hungary or his British in-laws.
The country  had been at war with the USA (and lost)  for Cuba and the Philippines and there was a sense of doom. We hadn't even had time to lick our wounds.
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