: Did King Felipe VI of Spain, while Prince of
: the Asturias, even contemplate ANY royal
: princess as his would-be bride? Did he
: simply shut off all such possibilities? Did
: none ever attract his interest or intention?
: I've heard that Princess Tatiana of
: Liechtenstein was once mooted as a
: possibility, but evidently there was far
: more interest at her end, than at his. As
: such, she gave up on trying to attract his
: attention, and married a well-born (if not
: royal) gentleman.
: What I'm wondering is whether Princess
: Sophie of Bavaria, Duchess in Bavaria, ever
: tried to nab the Spanish heir for herself.
: After all, her mother has been characterized
: as an ambitious royal matchmaker. I wonder
: if she ever tried to push forward any of her
: daughters, as a potential bride for the
: future king of Spain. Certainly a kingdom
: is preferable to a mere principality ...
: Does anybody know if any such meeting or
: introduction was made? It's just
: speculation on my part; but it's entirely
: conceivable that her eldest WAS thought of
: as a match for the Spanish heir. However,
: if such a thing had happened, it would have
: left Tatiana in the hole. Perhaps the
: princely family of Liechtenstein got
: apprehensive about this, and said "no,
: Felipe is for our princess; you can have our
: heir, Alois, instead!"
: I've also wondered if Prince Albert II of
: Monaco, while heir to the throne, was
: considered a potential husband for any of
: the daughters of Prince Max of Bavaria, Duke
: in Bavaria ...
: I know that Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg,
: youngest son of Grand Duke Jean, was still
: available on the marriage market, as of 1993
: (the year Alois and Sophie got married).
: Certainly his parents would have been
: thrilled to welcome the likes of Sophie as a
: daughter-in-law. But then, from the
: standpoint of her parents, it may not have
: been the best match, since he was not heir
: to the throne (not having any real chance of
: inheriting the grand duchy).
: It's truly unfortunate that in that
: generation the royal heirs, on the whole,
: were not very serious in pursuing princess
: brides. In their defense, a number of their
: own parents' marriages were not strictly
: *equal*. Of the ten reigning monarchies of
: Europe, between 1980 and 2000 only the
: sovereign couples of the UK, Spain, and
: Luxembourg involved *equally* born spouses.
Is is just possible that they prefer the younger generation to marry outside the "royal" connection to avoid the dreaded hemophilia?
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