February 15, 1909
In an exclusive dispatch, the Los Angeles is reporting today that King Alfonso XIII of Spain is helping his hunting buddy, King Manoel of Portugal, wood Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, youngest daughter of the Duke of Edinburgh.
According to the report, Alfonso, for "personal and political reasons," favors the match, which will mean a lot to to the English, Spanish and Portuguese governments, should the marriage take place.
A marriage between King Manoel and Princess Beatrice, a niece of King Edward VII, would be enthusiastically approved by the Portuguese royal family, and is already "hailed with delight by the royal press."
Although no official information has been received, the Portuguese press "regards the match" as a done deal, and is "printing praises of the young King's decision."
King Alfonso left Villa Vicosa on Sunday for a special train to Madrid. His wife, Queen Ena, is a first cousin of Princess Beatrice.