Wedding Princess Beatrice of Saxen-Coburg-Gotha | Princess of Edinburgh
Wedding | Beatrice of Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
She fell in love with her first-cousin the Grand-Duke Michael, "Misha",
brother of the Czar. Her love was requited but being a weak character,
he obeyed his mother who did not want the match. Afterward, Baby Bee
was severely depressed and went to Egypt with Beatrice, Ena and Prince
Leopold of Battenberg.
In 1906, she went to the wedding of the King and Ena in Madrid and
there she met her future husband, Infante Don Alfonso (Ali)
de Orleans. He fell in love with her at first sight and vowed to marry
no other. In September 1907 Bee was invited to Spain and there she found
out everything was favorable towards her prospective match.
Queen Ena, King Alfonso XIII, Infanta Maria Teresa and even Queen Maria
Cristina were all supportive of the match. Bee arrived in Spain on the
22nd September and by the 7th October the newspaper La Época
announced the engagement, but Bee was undecided because of the difference
in their religions. Ali visited the Pope who refused them permission
as long as the King of Spain did not give his permission. At the same
time the Spanish government decided against the marriage and, despite
the extreme anger of the Duchess, Queen Maria Cristina and others denied
they had ever pressed Bee into it.
Infanta Eulalia (Ali´s mother) who had been against her son marrying
Bee decided to give her support and in 1909 the sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
decided to arrange the wedding of the two in a series of ceremonies.
At 11:30 am on 15 Jul 1909, the civil wedding was conducted at Schloss
Rosenau by the registrar of the ducal house in the presence of the reigning
duke, Grand Duchess Marie, the grand duchesss ladies and the upper
seneschal of Nürleben.
Then, at 3:30 pm, the Roman Catholic wedding took place in the Catholic
church in Coburg followed at 4:30 by the Protestant blessing which was
given by court chaplain Keßler in the presence of the ducal family.
The Princess Beatrice daughter of the Duchess and Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
and Edinburgh refused to convert to Catholicism upon her marriage. King
Alfonso was compelled to take away his cousin's army commission and
After 22 months of exile at homes in Coburg and Switzerland, the couple
returned to Spain in 1912.Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg (1884-1966),
fourth and youngest daughter of Prince Alfred of Edinburgh and his wife,
Maria Alexandrovna Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg married Alfonso,
5th Duke of Galliera (1886-1935)
It´s nothing kown about the diamond tiara she wore above, may
be a wedding gift of her groom.
Sources: Ana de Sagrera, Coburger Zeitung 16 Jul 1909
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