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wymanda 06-09-2004 11:59 PM

A grandaughter of Queen Victoria, Ena was born at Balmoral and was christened Victoria Eugenie. Ena was one of her names and was given to honour her Scots birth. She converted to catholicism when she married King Alfonso. Unfortunatley a carrier of Haemophilia, Ena passed it to two of her four sons.

http://www.jssgallery.org/Other_Artists/Ph...ia_of_Spain.htm

wymanda 06-10-2004 08:27 AM

http://www.geocities.com/jesusib/Eugenia.html

Lots more information

nouwrein 06-13-2004 11:46 PM

Where are her tiaras now?

wymanda 06-14-2004 04:52 AM

Aquamarine Tiara

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel3...uamarinew.msnw

Bandeau

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel3/spenabandeauw.msnw

Diamond Arches

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel3/spenaarchesw.msnw

Diamond Tiara

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel/spena1w.msnw

Flower Tiara

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel3/spenaflowerw.msnw

Pearl Tiara

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel/spenapearlw.msnw

Second Diamond Tiara

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel/spena2w.msnw

Turquoise Tiara

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel3...urquoisew.msnw

Ansorena

http://groups.msn.com/RoyaltyDanjel/spansorenaw.msnw

nouwrein 06-14-2004 05:14 AM

Wymanda, thanks very much for posting those links :flower:
But it says there that "Exact provenance and current whereabouts unknown.."
I'm not familiar with Spanish history, I was just wondering what happened to those jewels. Were they sold? or stolen during the revolution? Or Ena took it back to Britain?

xicamaluca 06-14-2004 08:18 AM

Queen Ena sold alot of jewels when she was in the exile :( From those tiaras, i only see two that are used by Queen Sofia, the Ansorena and the Pearl Tiara (that she wore in the danish royal wedding in May, after a long time :))

And i belive that Queen Ena never returned to Britain, i know that she lived in Switzerland ;)

tiaraprin 06-20-2004 12:25 AM

Queen Ena did live her exile in Switzerland. She was allowed back to Spain in 1968 to attend the christening of Felipe. She died in 1969 in Switzerland.

tiaraprin 06-20-2004 12:28 AM

That aquamarine tiara is something else!!!

tiaraprin 06-20-2004 12:39 AM

When Ena married King Alfonso XIII in July 1906, anarchists attempted to assasinate the royal couple with a bomb wrapped in a bouquet of flowers. The royal couple escaped harm but 28 people were killed and Ena's wedding dress was splattered with blood. She has been quoted as saying "I saw a man without legs".

Queen Mary of England wrote of the incident to her favorite aunt, Grand Duchess Augusta, who replied how horrible it was and that the anarchists had even tried to bomb the church where all the royals were during the wedding.

The one calm lady at this event was Her Imperial and Royal Highness Grand Duchess Marie, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who kept telling everyone that in Russia they were accustomed to these things. How you get accustomed to that, I will never understand!

Conde Valleverde 08-17-2004 11:27 PM

Queen Ena (or Victoria Eugenia, as we call her in Spain) became more popular in Spain than her husband, King Alfonso XIII. Everybody loved her. Just a two or three days before the overthrown of monarchy in 1931, she was arriving at Madrid station after a trip in England. She was cheered by hundreds of people. It was as though they were saying to her "we have nothing against you". When she came back in Spain in 1968, Franco didn´t organize any massive demonstration to greet the Queen at Madrid airport. He just wanted a quiet "private" visit. Nevertheless, thousands gathered at the airport to cheer the Queen. I remember her blue eyes in quiet tears that day.

wymanda 08-18-2004 01:07 AM

Queen Ena arriving in London for the Wedding of Princess Alexandra of Kent

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/32...EAB56379082910

Conde Valleverde 08-18-2004 07:23 AM

Wymanda, I wonder if you have seen that enormous portrait of Queen Victoria Eugenia by Alvarez de Sotomayor. She looks wonderful with a long royal gown and a little crown. I believe that portrait was painted in 1920s and is kept at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

wymanda 08-19-2004 12:48 AM

This is the only painting I have seen a copy of, do you have a picture of the one you mention?

http://www.jssgallery.org/Other_Arti...fspain1920.jpg

Bubbette 08-19-2004 10:40 AM

WOwo, thanks for posting those links!

Jackswife 08-19-2004 10:57 AM

Ena had a lot of tragedy in her life, to be sure. I can see a resemblance in some of those early photographs, to Infanta Pilar today, particularly around the mouth and eyes. It's good to see that Ena hasn't been forgotten among the people of Spain, and by others as well.

Conde Valleverde 08-19-2004 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Jackswife
Ena had a lot of tragedy in her life, to be sure. I can see a resemblance in some of those early photographs, to Infanta Pilar today, particularly around the mouth and eyes. It's good to see that Ena hasn't been forgotten among the people of Spain, and by others as well.

Ena will never be forgotten by us in Spain. She endured with elegance an unfaithful husband (she never complained nor cried in public; what a lesson for other royals who were not born in a royal residence like her and later on tried unsuccessfully to lear the job). She endured with elegance the illness of three of her sons. She endured with elegance her exile. Besides those moral assets, Victoria Eugenia was physically elegant, beautiful, clever and with a sense of humour.

wymanda 08-19-2004 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Conde Valleverde
She endured with elegance an unfaithful husband (she never complained nor cried in public; what a lesson for other royals who were not born in a royal residence like her and later on tried unsuccessfully to lear the job). She endured with elegance the illness of three of her sons. She endured with elegance her exile. Besides those moral assets, Victoria Eugenia was physically elegant, beautiful, clever and with a sense of humour.

And these women who marry princes today think they are hard done by? They need to take Ena as an example and get on with the job!

Ennyllorac 08-19-2004 08:38 PM

She certainly was a remarkable woman. I was watching a DVD my mother brought for me from Spain about the royal wedding and it had a section on the history of the Bourbons. They should a clip of her at the christening of Prince Felipe and even in her old age she was a beautiful woman.

Conde Valleverde 08-19-2004 09:21 PM

The last public political words that Queen Ena said were at the Christening of Prince Felipe, attended also by the then Prince Juan Carlos, don Juan (his father) and Franco. Queen Ena approached Franco, who at the time hadn´t nominate yet his successor, and told him: "General, I´m addressing to you as your Queen. Maybe this is the last time we see each other in this life. You have in front of you three eligible royal princes; choose one as the next King of Spain now. This is a petition by your Queen." Franco appointed Prince Juan Carlos as the next King of Spain the following year.

Conde Valleverde 08-19-2004 09:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wymanda
And these women who marry princes today think they are hard done by? They need to take Ena as an example and get on with the job!

During those sad years of her marriage, Queen Victoria Eugenia had two confidents: Queen Mary of Britain, another extraordinary woman and Queen, with whom she exchanged numerous letters, and Duchess of Lécera, who apparently was in love with Queen Ena (Queen Ena never corresponded).


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