Monday, 26 February 2007

H. M. Victoria Eugenia, Queen of Spain

H. M. Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain (1887-1969)

Insc.:Victoria Eugenia Hispaniarum Regina
Artist: Stern, Paris
Tech.: C1 or C2
She was the daughter of Prince Henry of Battenberg and of Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest daughter. Married May 31, 1906, at Madrid, the young King Alfonso XIII of Spain, at St. Jerome Church.
On the proclamation of the Republic in April 1931, the Queen left for Paris with her children and then to Rome with her husband where she lived till the King died in 1941. She then took residence in Lausanne where she lived till her death.
In 1968, after 37 years of exile the Queen returned to Spain for the baptism of her great grandchild Prince Philip de Borbón, elder son of the future King Don Juan Carlos I and of Princess Sophia of Greece. In 1985, her remains were taken to the Monastery of San Lorenzo de Escorial.
She is the grandmother of King Juan Carlos I, of Spain and of Prince Alfonso, former duc of Cadix and of Anjou.
Bibliography: Ricardo de la Cierva, Victoria Eugenia, el veneno en la sangre, Planeta, Barcelona, 1995

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