Queen Ena of Spain:'The Bride's State Entry into the Church'
Illustration showing Princess Ena of Battenberg (1887-1969) entering the Church of San Geronimo in Madrid, under a canopy accompanied by her mother Princess Beatrice and future mother-in-law, Queen Maria Christina of Spain, on the occasion of her marriage to King Alfonso XIII of Spain. Following the wedding ceremony, the couple narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by Mateo Moral who threw a bomb, concealed in a bouquet, at the Royal carriage. The couple's marriage was not a success. Ena passed on haemophilia to two of her sons and she and Alfonso eventually separated in 1931 when they were exiled in the wake of the Second Spanish republic. Ena is the grandmother of the present King Juan Carlos of Spain. Date: 9th June 1906
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Prince George and war ambulance
Prince George, later Duke of Kent (1902-1942), fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace with Mr Hansell, his tutor (second right) and representatives of The Children's Story of the War and of the Belgian Field Hospital, 26 January 1916. 'The Children's Story' was a weekly magazine which sought to explain the campaigns of the war to British children and to find war projects in which they could become involved. Readers were invited to subscribe to a new motor ambulance for the Belgian Field Hospital, and Queen Mary gave permission for her fourteen-year-old son to give his name to the appeal and to be listed as a subcriber. The official handover, shown here, was his first public engagement: readers were told he 'spent a full half-hour in examining the motor ambulance and the hand ambulance which accompanied it, and was highly pleased with all that he saw.'
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Distribution of seed potatoes in Ireland
This scene shows Mr. T. F. Brady, Her Majesty's Inspector of Irish Fisheries distributing 32 tons of seed potatoes Clare Island, west of Ireland. This relief was brought by steamer with extreme difficulty in a terrific storm to relieve the distress caused by extreme hunger. He is standing on the potato sacks distributing them to the Irish peasantry and accompanied by the relieving officer and the local priest. It was desperately difficult for the hungry and famished to abstain from eating these seed potatoes. These miserable conditions were brought on by the potato famine in the mid 19th century.
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