Infanta Eulalia of Spain

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Infanta Eulalia of Spain
Infanta of Spain; Duchess of Galliera
Eulalia of Bourbon, Infanta of Spain.jpg
Spouse Infante Antonio, Duke of Galliera
Issue Alfonso de Orleans y Borbón
Luis Fernando de Orleans y Borbón
Full name
María Eulalia Francisca de Asís Margarita Roberta Isabel Francisca de Paula Cristina María de la Piedad
House House of Bourbon (by birth)
House of Orléans-Galliera (by marriage)
Father Francis, Duke of Cádiz
Mother Isabella II of Spain
Born (1864-02-12)12 February 1864
Madrid, Spain
Died 8 March 1958(1958-03-08) (aged 94)
Irun, Spain
Burial El Escorial

Infanta Eulalia of Spain, Duchess of Galliera (12 February 1864 – 8 March 1958) was a Spanish infanta (daughter of the King of Spain) known for her controversial books.

Early life[edit]

Eulalia was born in the Royal Palace of Madrid, the youngest child of Queen Isabella II of Spain and of her husband, Francis of Spain. She was baptised on 14 February 1864 with the names María Eulalia Francisca de Asís Margarita Roberta Isabel Francisca de Paula Cristina María de la Piedad. Her godfather was Duke Robert I of Parma, while her godmother was his sister Princess Margherita of Parma.[1]

In 1868 Eulalia and her family were forced to leave Spain by the revolution. They lived in Paris where Eulalia was educated. She received her first communion in Rome from Pope Pius IX.

In 1874 Eulalia's brother King Alfonso XII was restored to the throne in place of their mother Queen Isabella II. Three years later Eulalia returned to Spain. She lived at first in El Escorial with her mother, but later moved to the Alcázar of Seville and then to Madrid.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 6 March 1886, at Madrid, Eulalia married her first cousin, Infante Antonio de Orleans y Borbón, son of Antoine, Duke of Montpensier and of his wife, Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain.[2] The officiant was Cardinal Zeferino González y Díaz Tuñón, Archbishop of Seville. The wedding had been delayed several months on account of the death of Eulalia's brother King Alfonso XII. Eulalia and Antonio spent their honeymoon at the Palacio Real de Aranjuez.

Eulalia and Antonio had two sons:

After the birth of her younger son, Eulalia lived apart from her husband. She maintained residences in Spain and Paris, but often visited England.

Visit to the United States[edit]

In May 1893 Eulalia visited the United States; her controversial visit to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago was particularly well-documented. She travelled first to Havana, Cuba,[3] before making her way to Washington, D.C., where she was received by President Grover Cleveland at the White House.[4] She then proceeded to New York City.[5] Eulalia was later admitted a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as a descendant of King Charles III of Spain.


Arms of Eulalia as Infanta of Spain.

Eulalia was the author of several works which were controversial within royal circles, although she never ceased to have frequent contact with her relatives both in Spain and elsewhere.

In 1912, under the pseudonym comtesse de Avila, Eulalia wrote Au fil de la vie (Paris: Société française d'Imprimerie et de Librarie, 1911), translated into English as The Thread of Life (New York: Duffield, 1912).[6] The book expressed Eulalia's thoughts about education, the independence of women, the equality of classes, socialism, religion, marriage, prejudices, and traditions. Her nephew King Alfonso XIII telegraphed her and demanded that she suspend the book's publication until he had seen it and received his permission to publish it. Eulalia refused to comply.

In May 1915 Eulalia wrote an article about the German Emperor William II for The Strand Magazine. The following month she published Court Life from Within (London: Cassell, 1915; reprinted New York: Dodd, Mead, 1915).

In August 1925 Eulalia wrote Courts and Countries After The War (London: Hutchinson, 1925; reprinted New York: Dodd, Mead, 1925). In this work she commented upon the world political situation, and particularly her belief that there could never be peace between France and Germany. She also made a celebrated observation about Benito Mussolini's Italy that, crossing the Italian frontier, one hears "Il treno arriva all'orario" [the train is arriving on time], reflecting a boast often cited in connection with the fascist regime at the time.[7]

In 1935 Eulalia published her memoirs in French, Mémoires de S.A.R. l'infante Eulalie, 1868-1931 (Paris: Plon, 1935). In July 1936 they were published in English as Memoirs of a Spanish Princess, H.R.H. the Infanta Eulalia (London: Hutchinson, 1936; reprinted New York: W.W. Norton, 1937).[8]


On 9 February 1958, Eulalia had a heart attack at her home in Irun.[9] She died there on 8 March[10] and is buried in the Pantheon of the Princes in El Escorial.




  1. ^ "Foreign Intelligence, Spain", The Times ( 19 February 1864): 5.
  2. ^ The Times ( 8 March 1886): 5.
  3. ^ "Court Circular", The Times ( 10 May 1893): 5.
  4. ^ The Times ( 22 May 1893): 7.
  5. ^ "Court Circular", The Times ( 30 May 1832): 9.
  6. ^ "King Alfonso and His Aunt", The Times ( 4 December 1912): 9; "Princess Eulalia's Book", The Times ( 6 December 1912): 5; "The Infanta Eulalia", The Times ( 8 December 1912): 5.
  7. ^ See also Oxford Dictionary of 20th Century Quotations (1998).
  8. ^ Review in The Times ( 28 August 1936): 6.
  9. ^ "Infanta Eulalia Gravely Ill", The Times ( 11 February 1958): 7.
  10. ^ "Infanta Eulalia", The Times ( 10 March 1958): 12.


  • García Luapre, Pilar. Eulalia de Borbón, Infanta de España: lo que no dijo en sus memorias. Madrid: Compañía Literaria, 1995. ISBN 84-8213-021-8.
Infanta Eulalia of Spain
Born: 12 February 1864 Died: 8 March 1958
Italian royalty
Preceded by
Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain
Duchess of Galliera
4 February 1890 – 24 December 1930
Succeeded by
Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha