Tuesday, August 19, 2008
King Edward rejects Spanish marriage
August 19, 1905:
It was reported today in Madrid that King Edward VII will not allow his niece, Princess Patricia of Connaught, to marry King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The announcement came from Alfonso's private chaplain, Dr. Macho, who told the media that King Edward appointed two physicians to Alfonso's entourage during the Spanish king's recent visit to England. The two doctors reported back to the British king that Alfonso "shows signs of insanity and is suffering from tuberculosis."
After receiving this report, King Edward "broke off the negotiations for the marriage," according to an article in the Chicago Daily Tribune.
King Alfonso XIII succeeded to the throne at birth as his father died from consumption several months earlier.