Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg with family
Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg (1884-1966), fourth and youngest daughter of Prince Alfred of Edinburgh and his wife, Maria Alexandrovna (later Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg), shown here with her husband, Alfonso, 5th Duke of Galliera (1886-1935) and her three sons, from left, Alonso (1912-1936), Ataulfo (1913-1974) and Alvaro, 6th Duke of Galliera (1910-1997). Known as 'Baby Bea' in the family, she married King Alfonso XIII's cousin but refused to convert to Catholicism. Alfonso was compelled to take away his cousin's army commission and titles. After spending time at homes in Coburg and Switzerland, the couple returned to Spain in 1912 where Beatrice aggravated tensions between Alfonso and his wife Queen Ena (Beatrice's cousin), openly flirting with the king and allegedly procuring mistresses for him. Eventually, she was ordered to leave Spain once more, although she did return, bravely remaining behind in 1931 after the proclamation of the Spanish Second Republic, to look after the King's elderly aunt.
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Caricature of Prince Leopold in Parliament
Caricature of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884), youngest son of Queen Victoria -- The Royal Hat-Trick. A comment on a parliamentary debate about granting more money to Prince Leopold (and to his bride) on the event of their marriage. The Prince was not present in person, but some MPs, including the radical Liberal MP John Bright (right), showed disrespect by not removing their hats while a royal person was the subject of debate. There was some opposition to granting the Prince more money, but the vote was easily carried in his favour.
© Terry Parker / Mary Evans Picture Library
Deborah Mitford at Cheltenham National Hunt Meeting
Deborah Mitford (1920-2014), later Duchess of Devonshire, pictured at the age of sixteen (nearly seventeen) in 1937 at Cheltenham races with Mr Dixon. Debo was the youngest of the infamous six Mitford sisters, daughters of Lord and Lady Redesdale. Date: 1937
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