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Book presentation
Thursday, 25 February 19:00
* Private and exclusive events for members of the Círculo del Liceo


The Círculo del Liceo hosted the presentation of the book "Alfonso and Ena: the wedding of the century - Genesis and apotheosis of a great failed love" by Ricardo Mateos Sáinz de Medrano, author, translator, columnist and lecturer specialized in history and the biography of the royal houses and power elites in Europe.

On May 31, 1906, the Spanish monarchy pushed the boat out to celebrate the wedding of King Alfonso XIII with Princess Victoria Eugenia de Battenberg, known to all as Ena. The two of them had fallen in love the first time they met at the English court and nothing could stand in the way of their crush. Sadly, the most lavish wedding in 20th century Spain, designed to re-launch the country's image to the world, had a tragic outcome when the anarchist Mateo Morral dropped his bomb on the royal entourage, in an ominous omen of what would end up happening with the love of Alfonso and Ena.

Ricardo Mateos Sáinz de Medrano (Madrid, 1961) has a degree in Geography and History, in Psychology and in Translation and Interpretation. he is an expert in the genealogy, history and biography of royal houses and power elites in Europe. He collaborates with the media inside and outside Spain, and is a knight of the Constantinian Order of Saint George of the royal house of the Two Sicilies and of the Constantinian Order of Saint George of the ducal house of Parma. He is the author of numerous books on monarchical themes.
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