Death of ex-Queen Isabella II of Spain

After spending almost half her life in exile, the former Queen of Spain died on 9th April, 1904.

Queen Isabella II of Spain, 1861.

Queen of Spain from the age of three, Isabella II abdicated after thirty-six years of more or less ceaseless turmoil, and spent almost half her life in exile in France, though she characteristically never learned to speak French properly. Her accession as a baby in 1833 in succession to her father, the autocratic Ferdinand VII, precipitated seven years of civil war with the Carlists – the staunchly Catholic, traditionalist supporters of her uncle, Don Carlos.

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