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« on: November 01, 2005, 09:29:43 AM »
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This is a matter of semantics Eric...she did not have to, but chose to sell jewels to help out her son's expenditures related to Juan Carlos's marriage to Sophie of Greece.  Remember that by then Victoria Eugenia was in a much better financial condition, particularly after the Franco regime restored her pension.

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« on: November 01, 2005, 09:36:48 AM »
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Yes...although she sold quite a number during her years of exile. For example the long diamond chain she wore in a lot of photos was long gone. Noboby knew where that went...
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« on: November 26, 2005, 02:36:41 PM »
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This is one of my favorites--so happy and relaxed. I love candid photos.



I have a great photo from their engagement that shows the group laughing--Ena, Alfonso, Frederika of Hannover (whose house the engagement took place) and Beatrice. I'll try and find it--I know I scanned it.
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« on: November 27, 2005, 08:43:12 PM »
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Interesting, I actually have this one as an English postcard, while this one is Spanish.  There must have been a brisk international trade in these pics, particularly since Queen Ena was seen by the British as one of theirs.  I once heard an amusing story about the British warship Princess Ena (which carried away some of the Romanov survivors and their retainers during the Russian revolution) passing the Spanish warship, Queen Victoria Eugenia, in the Mediterranean.  The irony was not lost on the captains who saluted each other.    
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« on: November 27, 2005, 08:47:06 PM »
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Ursula has once again put together a beautiful page on another of Queen Ena's jewels:  the rarely photographed 1927 Cartier Laurel Loop tiara.   http://www.royal-magazin.de/spain/Victoria-Eugenia-reina-diadem.htm
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Ursula has once again put together a beautiful page on another of Queen Ena's jewels:  the rarely photographed 1927 Cartier Laurel Loop tiara.   http://www.royal-magazin.de/spain/Victoria-Eugenia-reina-diadem.htm


This one which maybe be rarely photographed but this photo was actually used in an advertisement back in the day

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« on: December 10, 2005, 07:25:06 AM »
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Ena was only the first royal to put on a tight fitting bathing suit. That act scandalized her mother-in-law's ladies, who seemed to have been selected from convents... Grin
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« on: December 12, 2005, 03:22:55 AM »
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Just after the first meeting between Alfonso and Ena, when Alfonso just returned to Spain, the spanish news-paper ABC, published, the 14 of June, a beautiful portrait of Ena, wich enchanted spanish people.

In August, the same news-paper, called all the readers to make a referendum about their preferences about the future Queen of Spain. "Who would be the future Queen of Spain?", they published eight pictures.

In the front line....Olga of Cumberland, niece of the Queen of England; Victoria of Prussia, daughter of the Kaiser; Wiltrude of Baviera and Patricia of Connaught. In the lower line...Victoria of Mecklenburg, Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg, Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, and Louise of Orleans.

In September, they published the results.....

Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg...........18.427 votes
Patricia of Connaught.........................13.719
Victoria Louise of Prussia....................12.901
Louise of Orleans................................10.675
Victoria of Mecklenburg.........................7.040
Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg.......................4.093
Olga of Cumberland..............................2.112
Wiltrude of Baviera................................1.488

Both.., Alfonso and Ena were very happy with this results.

Is curious, but four of those candidates, would finally have a direct conexion with the Spanish Royal Family....,

Victoria Eugenia as Queen;
Victoria Louise of Prussia, would be the grand mother of our actual Queen, Sofía of Greece
Louise of Orleans would be the mother of our actual King´s mother, Maria de las Mercedes of Orleans.
Beatrice of Saxe Coburg, would marry the Infante Alfonso of Orleans.

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« on: December 12, 2005, 09:26:07 AM »
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Yes...They love Ena from the start. If only there has been no bomb, that psycologically seperate the young queen from the people.  Cry
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« on: December 12, 2005, 06:22:16 PM »
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I don't know how long the honeymoon would've lasted. Ena excited them by her looks--so different from the Spanish--but her personality underwhelmed them when she arrived. The bombing was just the first time they would notice the difference. She was brought up to be sedate and stiff-upper-lip and conducted herself as such after the attack. According to Gerard Noel, the Spanish people, so passionate and emotional, couldn't understand her 'cold' response. This impression would be reinforced over and over. Ena in her early years as Queen was shy and rather stiff in public and rather overwhelmed by her position and her problems with her marriage and her children. She was also isolated in the Court and didn't have much outlet to express herself. As she grew older and more confident her popularity grew but it was pretty much  towards the end of Alfonso's reign. She really wasn't much appreciated in her time.
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