Alfonso, Prince of Asturias (1907–1938)

Alfonso
Prince of Asturias; Count of Covadonga
Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg.jpg
Alfonso aged 15
Born May 10, 1907
Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died September 6, 1938 (aged 31)
Gerland Hospital, Miami, Florida, United States
Burial El Escorial
Spouse Edelmira Sampedro y Robato
(m. 1933; div. 1937)

Marta Esther Rocafort-Altuzarra
(m. 1937; div. 1938)
Full name
Alfonso Pío Cristino Eduardo Francisco Guillermo Carlos Enrique Eugenio Fernando Antonio Venancio
House Bourbon
Father Alfonso XIII of Spain
Mother Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
Religion Roman Catholicism

Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, RE (Alfonso Pío Cristino Eduardo Francisco Guillermo Carlos Enrique Eugenio Fernando Antonio Venancio de Borbón y Battenberg; 10 May 1907 – 6 September 1938), was heir apparent to the throne of Spain from birth until he renounced his rights in 1933. He was the eldest son of Alfonso XIII and his wife Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. He died at the age of 31 as a result from a car accident. Though appearing to have sustained minor injuries, his haemophilia led to fatal internal bleeding.

Early life

Alfonso was the eldest child of the then-reigning King Alfonso XIII and his wife, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. He inherited the genetic disorder haemophilia from his maternal line, as did a number of his matrilineal relatives. He and his youngest brother Gonzalo were kept in specially-tailored jackets to prevent injury from accidents.

Alfonso aged 11 wearing the Scout uniform of the Explorers of Spain.

Alfonso's father faced increasing political problems that led Spain to become a Republic in 1931 when the monarch was deposed. The family moved into exile.

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