Princess Ena’s wedding ends in bloodshed

This silk and gilt cone of rice confetti, with the initials ‘VE’ adorning the side, belonged to a bridesmaid of Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (known as Princess Ena) when she married King Alfonso XIII of Spain on 31 May 1906 in Madrid.

The confetti is still inside, as tragedy struck the wedding procession when Anarchist Mateu Morral threw a bomb at the royal carriage from a balcony and a guard riding alongside the new bride and groom was killed.

Princess Ena was Queen Victoria’s granddaughter and daughter to Princess Beatrice who resided at Kensington Palace, where Ena herself lived for a short while before her wedding.

The confetti cone is now part of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, cared for by us at Kensington Palace.

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