Elizabeth Farnese dutchess of Parma & Phillip V
Can anyone shed light on the actual wedding date(s) for King Philip and Elizabeth?
Most internet references use the date of 24 December 1714 as their marriage by proxy.
Somewhere on this forum I read that the marriage by proxy date was 16 September 1714 and the ceremony in person was 14 December 1714.
Also there is a story (backed by archival documentation) about the "queen's jewels." Supposedly Elizabeth demanded a large dowry of exquisite jewelry before she would consummate her marriage. Word was sent to the New World and 8 chests of jewels were supposed to arrive with the inbound treasure fleet that left Havana in July 1715. (again, there is documentation that chests of gifts for the new Queen were aboard this fleet) However, the entire fleet was wrecked along the east coast of Florida.
Philip and Elizabeth's first child was born in Jan of 1716 which means the conception took place around April 1715. This date was before the fleet was even scheduled to depart! Why would she consummate the marriage without receiving the dowry first?
Any information on this story or where to further research it would be appreciated!