Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Alfonso grows a beard

August 18, 1909

A dispatch from San Sebastian and published by the New York Times states that King Alfonso XIII of Spain has cut his hair and grown a beard.
The King had traveled from Madrid to San Sebastian to see his wife, Queen Ena, and their children. His appearance "caused a mild shock among members of his court who had remained in San Sebastian when the King went to Madrid."
It appears that Alfonso had grown side whiskers "like those worn by his father King Alfonso XII," and also had his hair cut short.

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