Queen Victoria Eugénie of Spain
Victoria Eugénie with Princess Grace of Monaco (right)
Throughout the later part of her life, Victoria Eugénie spent most of her time with her family and enjoyed being a grandmother. She also became busy on the social scene of society and in particular became very close to Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Hollywood film star Grace Kelly (1929-1982), who in 1956 married Prince Ranier III of Monaco (1923-2005). In 1958 Victoria Eugénie became a god-mother to Prince Ranier’s heir - Prince Albert, who later succeeded his father as Prince Albert II (b.1958). Victoria Eugénie was also god-mother to Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón (1928-2014), who later married King Baudouin of the Belgians (1930-1993).
Victoria Eugénie with her grandson -
Infante Juan Carlos,
later King Juan Carlos I of Spain
The Royal Site of
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid
In February 1968, Victoria Eugénie returned to Spain for the first time since leaving to go into exile in 1931. She stayed at the Palacio de Liria with another of her god-daughters - Doña María Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes (1926-2014) for the baptism of her great-grandson Infante Felipe, later King Felipe VI of Spain (b.1968). Large crowds turned out at the Palace of Zarzuela, Madrid to see Victoria Eugénie and members of the Royal Family for this event - but little did many know that this would be one of her last public appearances.
Victoria Eugénie holding her great-grandson -
the baby Infante Felipe, later King Felipe VI of Spain at his baptism
Victoria Eugénie returned to her home in Lausanne after her brief visit to Spain but soon her health began to deteriorate. Victoria Eugénie died on 15th April 1969 aged 81yrs, at home and was initially buried at the nearby cemetery of the Church of Sacré Coeur, Lausanne, Switzerland. However, on 25th April 1985 her remains were returned to Spain and re-interred next to the remains of her late husband King Alfonso XIII of Spain, within the Royal Vault at the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain.