Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Alfonso cheered by British crowds
The New York Times reports today that King Alfonso XIII, who recently was forced to leave Spain, received a "tumultuous welcome" from cheering crowds in London largely at the same time that the British government was officially recognizing the new Spanish Republic.
Alfonso was "all but swept off his feet by the demonstration." When he arrived at Claridge's Hotel, he was greeted in the lobby by another exiled monarch, the former King Manoel of Portugal. The two men chatted for a few minutes before Alfonso went to his room.
The other members of the Spanish royal family have left Paris and will reside in Fontainebleau, where twenty hotels rooms have been reserved for the royal party and their staff. It is believed that the "air of the pine forest" will be good for Alfonso's eldest son, the Prince of the Asturias is too weak to walk and had to be carried by servants to the car for the drive to Fontainebleau.
King Alfonso XIII will rejoin his family in France.