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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2006, 07:29:03 AM »
this is the palaceof san Telmo, where de queen Mercedes lived with her parents. This palace is in Sevilla. Here the dukes of montpensier were supporting an autentic court.


Palacio de san Telmo
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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2006, 09:15:32 PM »
Lovely photos...Looking at these I can understand why Alfonso fell head over heels in love with this charming beauty.  :D

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2006, 01:34:57 AM »
You have describe her very well Eric. Charming. I donīt think she was a beauty, but she had beatiful eyes, and a special charm in all her person.

When the Governement of Spain was discussing about her marriage with Alfonso XII. One of the ministers (they were against the marriage, because she was the daughter of Montpensier), said "the angels donīt have to be discussed" . (Excuses of my english , perhaps the translation is not very good,)

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2006, 11:08:59 AM »
She was indeed an angel...who return to heaven too early... :'(

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2006, 02:49:07 AM »


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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #35 on: January 03, 2007, 04:41:19 AM »
http://www.geocities.com/fototecahispalense/066.jpg

An other photo of the little infanta Mercedes

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #37 on: June 19, 2008, 11:29:16 AM »
Nice photo. Wonder if more photos of Mecedes and her sisters exists...

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #38 on: December 26, 2008, 01:43:26 PM »
This could be the photograph mentioned earlier in this thread, Mercedes laying in state:

http://www.elcultural.es/Img-Gal/borbones/expo7.asp

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #39 on: May 12, 2009, 09:47:52 AM »
I found this story on the web:

"...Spanish king would sully the opal's already sordid reputation further still. In the late 19th Century, Alfonzo XII fell madly in love with a beautiful aristocrat named the Comtesse de Castiglione. The Comtesse reciprocated the King's affection, but months before the pair were to wed the faithless Alfonzo married another woman, the Princess Mercedes. Vowing to get even, the Comtesse sent the couple a wedding present in the form of a magnificent opal set in a huge ring of the purest gold. The princess was immediately smitten by the gift and insisted that her husband slip it on her finger. He obliged, and two months later the princess mysteriously died.

After the funeral Alfonzo gave the ring to his grandmother, Queen Christina, who almost immediately thereafter also expired. After that the ring passed to Alfonzo's sister, the Infanta Maria del Pilar. Maria died as well, apparently victim to the same weird illness that had taken the other two women. The ring was up for grabs yet again, and when Alfonzo's sister-in-law expressed an interest, he let her have it with the usual result.

Deeply depressed by then, the King decided to end it all by slipping the ring on his own finger, just as Cleopatra had embraced the asp to terminate her own misery. In little over a month, the ring did to Alfonzo what the snake had done to the Egyptian Queen. The ring was finally attached to a gold chain and strung around the neck of a statue of the patron saint of Madrid, the Virgin of Alumdena. That put an end to the incredible chain of tragic circumstances..."

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2009, 09:49:30 AM »
I wanted to know who is this Countess de Castiglione who was in love with the King and who sent those opals to the new Queen Mercedes?

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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2009, 11:17:03 AM »
The comtesse di castiglione aka Virginia Oldoini was this woman




She was also lover of Napoleon III (among others) and Eugenie Montijo just hated her !


More info about her Here



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Re: Most Beloved Queen: Mercedes, consort of Alfonso XII
« Reply #43 on: May 12, 2009, 01:03:08 PM »
Thank you,I knew about her but never known that she was involved also with King Alfonso XII of Spain...this article says that he/she had the plan to marry which I doubt...