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You are right Menarue, King Alfonso XIII was very ugly and quite a womanizer. He fathered many illegitimate children. Some Spaniards call the following picture "the beauty and the beast":
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Not a good quality picture, but we can still enjoy the Queen's sweet face:
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[quote=Camilo2002;897546]You are right Menarue, King Alfonso XIII was very ugly and quite a womanizer. He fathered many illegitimate children. Some Spaniards call the following picture "the beauty and the beast":

Totally true! I´ve already heard that.
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Here we see a picture of the wedding of Ena's first cousin, King George V (by then prince of Wales), to Mary of Teck. Ena is the blonde baby girl closest to George and Mary. In the future, Queen Mary would be one of Queen Ena's best friends and confidants.
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Fashionable and quite a royal lady
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Besides being a full time mom, Queen Ena devoted a lot of effort and used all her influence to organize, enhance and promote the Spanish Red Cross. Ena's objective was to create a Red Cross Office in every town of Spain in order to provide health care to the poor all over the Country. By that time doctors were very scarce in Spain and Ena wanted a solution to that situation.
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Even nowadays she is considered "the mother of the Spanish Red Cross". Rich and noble families were proud of being involved in the movement created by the Queen; donations and support were raised as a result.
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Queen Ena and her daughters. From left to right: Infanta Beatrix, Queen Ena and Infanta Maria Christina:
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Another close up of her royal beauty
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Like the United Kingdom, Spain was a constitutional monarchy; the Borbons had it all to stay as monarchs. However, King Alfonso XIII was not only a disolute man (with many mistresses and illegitimate children) but also a very bad polititian. On 1923 Captain-General Primo de Rivera overthrew the parliamentary government and declared himself as dictator. The King (big, horrendous mistake!!!) publicly declared his support to the dictator and to give the "de facto" government legitimacy named the dictator as his prime minister.

As a result, the Country became heavily divided and violent; democrats all over the Country felt arguably betrayed by the King. The division continued to grow and the monarchy was abolished soon after the Second Republic was proclaimed on 1931. The King's mistakes eventually led to the Spanish Civil War (July 1936 - April 1939) which caused the death of approximately 500,000 Spaniards.

After the monarchy was overthrown, Queen Ena and King Alfonso decided to separate. The royal family lived first in France and then in Italy. It was in Rome where Infanta Beatrix married Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi (they had 2 sons and 2 daughters) and Infanta Maria Christina married Enrico Marrone-Cinzano, Count Marone (they had 4 daughters). The Infantas' children married into Italian and Spanish nobility and had numerous descendants. Also in Rome, Infante Juan married Spanish born Princess Maria Mercedes Borbon-two Siciles and Orleans (parents of King Juan Carlos I) and Infante Jaime married noblewoman Emanuella of Dampierre-Ruspoli (daughter of French Nobleman Roger de Dampierre, 2nd Duke of San Lorenzo and Viscount of Dampierre and Italian Princess Donna Vittoria Ruspoli).

After leaving Italy, Queen Ena lived partly in the UK and partly in Switzerland. At the outbreak of World War II, the Queen settled in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her grandchildren Alfonso and Gonzalo of Borbon (sons of Infante Jaime) where living and studying very close to her. The princes were very often guests of their beloved grandmother. There was a great and everlasting mutual adoration between the princes and their grandmother.

Front of Queen Ena's Villa in Lausanne "La Vielle Fontaine":
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Queen Ena died on April 16, 1969 (aged 81); her remains rest at the Royal Monastery of Saint Lorenzo of Escorial, built by King Philip II (reigned from 1556 to 1598):

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Particularly in this room, named "The Royal Vault", next to King Alfonso XIII. Only Kings and Queens who were mothers of a King have the right to be interred in this place. Other monarchs also interred at The Royal Vault are Emperor Charles V and Kings Philip II, Philip III, Philip IV, Charles II, Louis I, Charles III, Charles IV, Ferdinand VII, Isabella II, and Alfonso XII.

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But none of her children became King, so she couldn't be buried there...
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But none of her children became King, so she couldn't be buried there...
Good point, the initial rule was interpreted by the actual King in the sense that "...Queens who produced a King"...

Queen Ena is interred there as grandmother of actual King Juan Carlos I. It is also planned that, in the future, Juan Carlos's parents will be buried in the Vault as he considers that, as parents of a King, they have the right to be there.
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A young princess Ena was the constant companion of her dear grandmother, Queen Victoria, until the latter passed away:

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Princess Ena spent most of her childhood in Osbourne House:

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During the coronation of King Edward VII the world became aware on how beautiful princess Ena had become. Here with her mother, Princess Breatrix, right before the coronation ceremony:

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Queen Ena with her Godmother, Spanish born, French Empress Eugenie Bonaparte


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Queen Ena and her daughters enjoyed a very close relationship

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