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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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« on: November 27, 2005, 10:49:44 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


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: November 30, 2005, 03:29:41 AM »
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« on: December 04, 2005, 09:48:13 PM »
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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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« on: December 13, 2005, 02:06:23 AM »
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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.




Victoria of Mecklenbourg?? I think it is Maria Antonia of Mecklenbourg-Schwerin, we discussed her in some thread.
Pity that Olga of Cumberland is almost the last in the list! Sad She was very pretty girl.
As for Wiltrud of Bavaria...ahhm... Wink she was not that type of beauty to strike Spanish people...actually she was not a beauty at all  Lips sealed.
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« on: December 13, 2005, 02:47:53 AM »
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Interestingly Baby Bee, who was also on the list, ended up in Spain as well... I don't think you know the true story of Bee & Ena yet... but in time you will.
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« on: December 15, 2005, 01:34:59 AM »
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Dear Eric, i am curious about their true story......, what true story?, do you know more details about their relation ship?. Please, tell us, more.
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« on: December 15, 2005, 03:42:29 AM »
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About Ena and Bee, there are a lot of storys, sure that not all of them are true, but the legend of their crisis exists.

That crisis begun in 1916, the 27 september, prince Alexander of Battenberg, Enaīs brother, wrote a letter to the King Alfonso, ....this letter exists, and remainds in the Palaceīs archive.

In that letter, Alexander wrote to Alfonso that he knew very well, that Bee was speaking very badly about Ena, and how Bee spoked ill about his sister, also that Bee was in excelents terms with him (Alfonso XIII).

Some writers had interpreted this as a romance between Bee and Alfonso XIII, but they are not proofs about it, and it seems not posible knowing the love Between Bee and Ali.

But the fact is that the crisis was so big that the Queen Mother spoke with Bee and asked her to leave Spain, Bee was not agree, and the King had to arrange the matter, he obliged her to leave Spain with Ali. To hide this he gived to Ali , a military post in Switzwerland.

There exists an other version. Missy said that the origin of the crisis was the pursit towards Bee by Alfonso XIII.
Ali was witness of this, and so they left Spain.

It is posible too.

Knowing the characthere of Alfonso XIII, in my opinion, the second version is more believable.

But the truth is that Bee didnīt speak very kindly about her cousin, apparently ........and in my opinion i still beliving that she was jalous of her position, i donīt see an other reason.
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Reply #104
« on: December 15, 2005, 05:41:53 AM »
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First of all I do not believe that Bee had an affair with Alfonso XIII. Thanks to him, she and Ali was exiled for a number of years after her marriage to Ali. In fact I tend to think that they did not get along well (although she respect him as King).

Yes there could be an element of truth that Alfonso XIII fell for Bee, after seeing her giving birth to 3 healthy sons, while his and Ena's were sickly. It would have been easy for him to regret "I should have chosen her instead." However I do not believe Bee was interested.

Also just before the Royal family were exiled. The two eldest sons of Bee were briefly engaged to Ena's daughters, Infantas Cristina & Beatriz. Would Ena agree to such an angagement if she so many reasons to hate Bee ?

Another thing was when the Spanish government fell and the Royal family was exiled. Ena tried to phone Bee to say goodbye but cannot get through, while Bee asked Ali to guard King Alfonso, even they had a exe to grind with him. To Bee, he was the king, and at this critical moment, you must show your loyalty. Bee herself also guarded Infanta Isabel, and accompany the old woman to safety in France. I had a great respect for her in this.  Roll Eyes
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