Ena and Bee: Queen Victoria’s Spanish Granddaughters

Author(s): Ana de Sagrera 

ISBN: 9781781558546
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The lives and mutually supportive friendship of Queen Ena of Spain and her cousin Infanta Beatrice during a turbulent era.

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  • A close look at the intimate life of the Spanish royal family before, during and after the Civil War

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  • A revealing study of the relationship between Ena and King Alfonso XIII, which resulted in Bee being exiled to Switzerland

  • A dual biography of Queen Ena of Spain and her cousin, Infanta Beatrice (‘Bee’), by the late Ana de Sagrera with additional material from Doña Beatriz, granddaughter of the Infanta

    Princess Eugenia (Ena) of Battenberg and Princess Beatrice (Bee) of Saxe Coburg, granddaughters of Queen Victoria of England, married into the Spanish royal family.

    In 1906, Ena became the consort of King Alfonso XIII, who had been sovereign since his birth in 1886. Three years later, Bee married his cousin, Infante Don Alfonso. Ena’s marriage proved unhappy with the ill-health of her haemophiliac sons and her husband’s infidelities.

    The King abdicated in 1931 and they led separate lives in exile until he died in 1941. Bee and her husband Ali were more popular, although personal differences between them and the King resulted in their temporary exile for the first years of their marriage.

    They later returned to Spain, staying there for the rest of their lives. Bee died in 1966 and Ena three years later. This dual biography, written by Anna de Sagrera with additional material from Doña Beatriz, Bee’s granddaughter, looks in depth at the friendship of the mutually supportive cousins against the often-turbulent background of 20th century Spanish politics.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781558546
    FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
    BINDING Hardback
    PAGES 368 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 26 May 2022
    ILLUSTRATIONS 46 black-and-white and colour photographs



    Ana de Sagrera was born in 1918. A Spanish biographer and historian, she also published lives of Primo de Rivera; Eugenie, Empress of the French; and Queen Mercedes of Spain. She died in 2018.