In her fascinating book DANCING FOR DIAGHILEV, the great Ballets Russes star Lydia Sokolova tells the charming story of how the Company's ballerinas would line up onstage before curtain-rise whenever Spain's Queen Ena was in the audience to get a glimpse of the monarch thru the peephole.
Princess Victoria Eugenie (Ena, as she was called) was a grand-daughter of England's Queen Victoria; Ena's mother was Princess Beatrice, the youngest of Victoria and Albert's nine children.
Ena married King Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1906. Following the wedding ceremony, as the royal company were driven through throngs of spectators, a bomb was thrown into their carriage from a balcony above the street. The royal pair escaped injury, but the incident cast an ominous pall over their future.
Ena passed on the attribute of haemophilia to her sons. King Alfonso took up a series of affairs. In 1931, the King and Queen went into exile following the establishment of the Second Spanish Republic. Alfonso died in 1941, and Queen Ena died at Lausanne in 1969. Their remains were eventually returned to Spain and were buried at The Escorial. The present King of Spain, Felipe VI, is the great-grandson of Aloinso and Ena.
Queen Ena was famed for her fabulous jewels, some of which remain in the collection of the Spanish royal family. In 2012, Sotheby's sold at auction Queen Ena's diamond and pink conch shell bracelet by Cartier for the extraordinary price of $3.4 million: