Whether or not the newly widowed Queen Elizabeth was *forced* to undergo a pregnancy test, it nonetheless had to be confirmed that she was not expecting. In this, she was no different from Dowager Queen Maria Cristina of Spain, who may or may not have announced her pregnancy before the death of her husband, King Alfonso XII. No doubt the Spaniards were prepared to proclaim her elder daughter, Infanta Maria de las Mercedes, as queen regnant -- but had to first make sure that the young new widow was not pregnant. It could be that it was around that time that the mother announced her pregnancy (she would have been three months expecting, and had the first signs of *showing*).
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