Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg

Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg

Hometown UK
Died Apr 15, 1969
Death Place Lausanne

Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg was queen consort of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom; 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 the Hellenes.… Read More

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1887 Birth Victoria Eugenie was born on 24 October 1887 at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland in the United Kingdom. … Read More
1893 5 Years Old …  She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York (future George V and Queen Mary) on 6 July 1893. … Read More


1901 13 Years Old After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the Battenbergs moved to London and took up residence in Kensington Palace. During a summer in Osborne, Victoria Eugenie met Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia, a cousin to Nicholas II. The Grand Duke felt attracted to the beautiful British princess and when they met again in Nice in 1905, he proposed marriage to her. … Read More
After a year of rumours about which princess the King of Spain would marry, Maria Christina of Austria finally acceded to her son's selection in January 1906 and wrote a letter to Princess Beatrice, Victoria Eugenie's mother, telling her about the love Alfonso felt for her daughter and seeking unofficial contact with King Edward VII. … Read More


1909 21 Years Old …  For instance, in 1909, Madrid's stately neoclassical bridge crossing the Manzanares River was named after her as the "Puente de la Reina Victoria".
1912 24 Years Old In 1912, the monumental opera house and theater "Teatro Victoria Eugenie" in San Sebastián, Spain was named after her.


1920 32 Years Old In 1920, she launched the Spanish Navy Cruiser Reina Victoria Eugenie which was named after her. … Read More
1923 35 Years Old In 1923, Pope Pius XI conferred upon her the Golden Rose which was the first time this honor had been awarded on a British-born princess since 1555 when Pope Julius III conferred one upon Queen Mary I of England. … Read More


1942 54 Years Old …  In 1942 she was obliged to leave Italy having become persona non grata to the Italian government - according to Harold Tittmann, a U.S. representative at the Vatican at the time, for her "ill-disguised leanings to the Allied cause."


1968 80 Years Old Ena returned briefly to Spain in February 1968, to stand as godmother at the baptism of her great-grandson, Infante Don Felipe, the son of Infante Don Juan Carlos de Borbón y Borbón Dos-Sicilias (later King Juan Carlos I of Spain) and Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark (later Queen Sofia).
1969 82 Years Old Ena died in Lausanne on 15 April 1969, aged 81, exactly 38 years after she had left Spain for exile. … Read More
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