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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2005, 08:42:20 PM »
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Victoria Eugenia and Alfonso XIII had seven children, including a stillborn boy.


Just one more tragedy involving her sons.  :( (2 hemophiliacs, 1 a deaf-mute after a childhood illness, 1 stillborn)

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Their fourth son was Infante don Juan (1913-1993), Prince of Asturias, Count of Barcelona, who in 1935 married Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1910-2000).  The Count and Countess of barcelona had four children: Pilar (b. 1936), Juan Carlos (b. 1938), Margarita (b. 1939) and Alfonso (1941-1956). Pilar, Juan Carlos and Margarita gave their parents ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren thus far.



JC's brother Alfonso died after being shot while alone with JC. An article not too long ago claimed that JC accidentally shot him and that it was covered up or worse that it was an act of anger that got out of control. Very nasty allegation. The article came out in connection with a bio on JC--perhaps Art knows more.
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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2005, 09:13:06 PM »
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Just one more tragedy involving her sons.  :( (2 hemophiliacs, 1 a deaf-mute after a childhood illness, 1 stillborn)



Have two hemophiliac sons and a deaf mute son must have been horrible, I cannot imagine it. Did her daughters carry hemophilia? I heard that the Spanish Royal family and its descendents are all free from it now. ( I always ask though cause you never know if what you read is true).

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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2005, 10:39:47 PM »
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Have two hemophiliac sons and a deaf mute son must have been horrible, I cannot imagine it. Did her daughters carry hemophilia? I heard that the Spanish Royal family and its descendents are all free from it now. ( I always ask though cause you never know if what you read is true).



It is not known if Beatriz nor Maria Cristina were carriers because  neither of Beatriz's two sons had the disease, and neither of her daughters passed the gene.  Maria Cristina was the mother of four daughters, and none passed the gene - so one can largely assume that the disease is now extinct within the family.
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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2005, 08:37:31 PM »
don Juan Carlos and don Alfonso were cleaning their father's guns.  A gun Juan Carlos held in his hands went off and the bullet hit Alfonso in the forehead.  It was a terrible tragedy.  Enemies of don Juan carlos have spread this rumnor that he killed his own brother, which I find simply an abomination.  The tragedy devastated the family, particularly doña María and her eldest son Juan Carlos.  Such was the horror of it all that the Countess of Barcelona had to be placed in a clinic and when she finally recovered not only was she physically changed, but her spririt seemed to have flown away.

Madame, the late Countess of Paris, told me during our last meeting, three weeks before her sudden death, that the Countess of Barcelona, her cousin and great friend, had suffered terribly from this tragedy, a pain even further increased by the nasty rumors claiming don Juan Carlos had done it on purpose.

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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2005, 12:28:48 AM »
When the story came out that I read--do you know if it was in connection with a bio on JC? It would be really recent. I remember thinking that it was a horrible thing to allege if it was an accident and how traumatic it would be for a young boy to have killed his brother accidentally. If I remember correctly about the bio connection that there was a pointed lack of response from the Spanish RF--not even going to dignify such an allegation with even a 'no comment'. If there was no reason to allege such a crime such a very cruel thing to lay on someone who must be haunted by it the remainder of their life--especially as the older brother (the protector) and for it to be his only brother.  :(
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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2005, 11:28:19 AM »
Historians who have used this family tragedy to vilify His Majesty are morally reprehensible.  It was a really a horrific episode.  I know other families where something like that has happened, two siblings finding and playing with their father's guns...blast...a bullet..a death...tragedy...one of the many reasons why I do not allow guns in my home.

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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2005, 12:27:17 PM »
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Historians who have used this family tragedy to vilify His Majesty are morally reprehensible.  It was a really a horrific episode.  I know other families where something like that has happened, two siblings finding and playing with their father's guns...blast...a bullet..a death...tragedy...one of the many reasons why I do not allow guns in my home.

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Same here.

Do you know if this allegation was made in the recent bio of him?
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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2005, 01:59:57 PM »
This has been going around for a long time...the rumors and the incidiousness in an effort to discredit the King...dreadful really!

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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #23 on: March 20, 2005, 03:20:13 PM »
I know but the only thing I'm trying to clear up in my own mind is--was it in the most recent bio?
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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2005, 05:11:55 PM »
I do not know where you may have read this, but it has been mentioned in various books dealing with His Majesty.

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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2005, 07:35:27 PM »
I had read it in an article that I was pretty sure was in connection with a very recently published bio. It was either in Majesty or Royalty but I can't exactly remember--I only buy them when there's an 'old royals' article and then skim through the rest. I figured since you're on top of the royal books you would remember if one recently came out that contained such allegations. On the other hand, I buy used copies of Majesty & Royalty for the old articles so it could've been a few years ago.  :-/
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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2005, 07:49:19 PM »
Now you have me curious as well. I had read about the accusation in a rabidly anti-monarchist article some time ago. So it was not a biography. at least that I had read.
As I recall, the piece was actually very fascist- accusing JC of betraying Franco an such.
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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2005, 11:45:26 AM »
How is Ena relaited to Queen Louisa of sweeden, Alice of greece abd Alexanda of Bulgaria?

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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2005, 12:15:33 PM »
Who is Alexandra of Bulgaria?

Or do you mean Prince ALEXANDER of Bulgaria?  if that is the case, he was the brother of Louis and Henry of Battenberg, who were the fathers of Alice and Louise, and Victoria Eugenia, respectively.

Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse were first cousins, as both were granddaughters of Queen Victoria. Victoria of Hesse was married to Louis of Battenberg, hence her daughters Alice and Louise were first cousins once removed to Victoria Eugenia.

Victoria Eugenia was also a first cousin of both Princess Alice and Queen Louise of Sweden -since their fathers Louis and Henry of Battenberg- were brothers.

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Re: Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2005, 02:49:19 AM »
What has happend to the House of Battenburg? Which part of Germany did they come from and did Ena Change her name to Mountbatton later on.