Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg, príncipe de Asturias

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Prince Alfonso Pío Cristino Eduardo Francisco Guillermo Carlos Enrique Eugenio Fernando Antonio Venancio de Borbón y Battenberg

Spanish: Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg
Birthplace: Palacio Real de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Death: September 06, 1938 (31)
Gerland Hospital, Miami, Miami-Dade, FL, United States (fatal bleeding (due to hemophilia) after a car accident)
Place of Burial: Escorial, Community of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Immediate Family:

Son of Alfonso XIII de España and Victoria Eugenie, Queen of Spain
Ex-husband of Private; Private; Edelmira, Countess of Covadonga and Martha Ester Caballero (Rocafort-Altazarra)
Ex-partner of María Mercedes Flores de Apodaca
Father of Alphonse de Bourbon-Apodaca
Brother of Jaime de Borbón y Battenberg, duque de Segovia; Beatriz de Borbón y Battenberg Infanta de España; Fernando of Bourbon, Prince of Spain; Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain; Conde de Barcelona Juan Carlos Teresa Silverio Alfonso De Borbón y Battemberg and 1 other
Half brother of Roger Marie Vincent Philippe Lévêque de Vilmorin; Juana Alfonsa Milán y Quiñones de León; Ana María Teresa Ruíz y Moragas and Leandro Alfonso Luis de Borbón y Ruíz Moragas

Occupation: Prince of Asturias 1907-1931, Count of Covadonga 1933-1938, Infante of Spain, Prince of Asturias
Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg, príncipe de Asturias,_Prince_of_Asturias_(1907-1938)

Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, RE, 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.

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'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.

There had been plans of young Alfonso's deposition from succession, but ultimately he himself renounced his rights to the then-defunct throne to marry a commoner, Edelmira Sampedro y Robato, in Ouchy on 21 June 1933, after which Alfonso took the courtesy title Count of Covadonga. This was required by the regulations for the succession set by the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles III. The couple divorced 8 May 1937, with Edelmira keeping the title Countess of Covadonga.

Alfonso married Marta Esther Rocafort-Altuzarra in Havana on 3 July 1937. They divorced on 8 January 1938. He had no children by either of his wives.

A car accident led to Alfonso's early death in 1938, at the age of 31. He crashed into a telephone booth and appeared to have minor injuries but his haemophilia led to fatal internal bleeding. He was initially entombed at Woodlawn Park Cemetery and Mausoleum (now Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum) in Miami but in 1985 he was re-entombed in the Pantheon of the Princes in El Escorial. His first wife, who had been allowed to retain the title Countess of Covadonga, was asked by the royal family to attend but declined and was not present when he was re-entombed.

Alfonso was the 1,120th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Spain and Knight with Collar of the Order of Charles III both in 1907.

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Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg, príncipe de Asturias's Timeline

May 10, 1907
Palacio Real de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
May 18, 1907
Royal Chapel, San Ildefonso
October 22, 1932