SPAIN: Melancholy King

So many Spanish kings of the present Bourbon line have suffered from melancholia that last week Grandees of the Spanish Court evinced some uneasiness as King Alfonso XIII continued sunk in brooding, introspective grief for his late mother, Queen Maria Christina, who died just one month ago.

Guardedly whispered was a bit of palace gossip that the youngest of the Royal Infantas, Princess Maria Christina—17 and high strung—almost fainted when her father, the King, invoked an old Spanish custom and bade her assist him to prepare for burial the corpse of Queen Maria...

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