Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Royal Baby Eases Etiquette Woes

In 1906, King Alfonso of Spain married Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (Victoria Eugenie Julia Ena) She was a granddaughter of Great Britain's Queen Victoria and the first cousin of King George V of the United Kingdom, Queen Maud of Norway, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, Queen Marie of Romania, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, Queen Louise of Sweden, and Queen Sophia of Greece. Felipe VI of Spain is her great-grandson. 

Queen Eugenie is Homesick 

August 28.—Unable to endure her homesickness longer, Victoria Eugenie, the young Queen of Spain, has just cabled to her mother Princess Henry of Battenberg, that she will pay her a visit as soon as the formalities of the Spanish court will allow. The Queen has been very depressed lately, according to friends of her mother, who say the daily letters from Madrid show how severely she feels the restraint imposed by Castilian etiquette. If it were not for her baby, it is said, she would be inconsolable. 

According to the rules of the court, the Queen must be attended everywhere she goes by her Ladies in Waiting. This annoys her exceedingly, and accounts for her recent interest in golf. This exercise. and brisk walks, invariably give her a little time to herself, as the true Spanish lady is too indolent to exert herself. King Alfonso has expressed every sympathy for his Royal wife, and just as soon as their engagements will permit, he will come to England with her. Besides paying a visit to the Princess on the Isle of Wight, they probably will be the guests of the Duke and Duchess of Portland at Walbeck Abbey. – London, 1907

Etiquette Enthusiast, Maura J Graber, is the Site Editor for the Etiquipedia© Etiquette Encyclopedia 

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