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Al­fonso’s mother, Queen Maria Christina, had wanted Al­fonso to marry some­one from her own Hab­s­burg fam­ily and con­sid­ered Ena’s back­ground rather lowly as her fa­ther’s mother had had no royal ti­tle. Con­cerns were also raised about the princess po­ten­tially car­ry­ing haemophilia, while her Protes­tant faith didn’t go down well with many in Catholic Spain ei­ther.

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