4 IN 2017, Spanish King Felipe VI, inset, presented the Queen with copies of love letters between Queen Victoria's granddaughter Princess Victoria Eugenie and King Alfonso XIII of Spain
during his three day trip to the UK.
* In 1912, King Alfonso XIII of Spain
became the first member of royalty to compete in an automobile race.
Among those who caught it but recovered were the British prime minister David Lloyd George, the US president Woodrow Wilson, the German kaiser, and King Alfonso XIII of Spain
-- whose country gave its name to the disease for no better reason than that the French, unable to learn about the scale of the infection in their own country because of wartime censorship, thought wrongly that it had started on the far side of the Pyrenees.
Established in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII of Spain
, the award recognizes 'the civic virtue of officers in the service of the Nation, as well as extraordinary service by Spanish and foreign citizens for the benefit of Spain.'
Over the years it has hosted heads of state displaced from their homelands, including Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, who was driven out by Italian fascist forces, King George II of Greece, who fled the Nazis and set up a government in exile from the hotel in the 1940s, and King Alfonso XIII of Spain
The Order of Civil Merit was established in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII of Spain
. "It's really a great honour for me to receive this award accorded by Juan Carlos and the Spanish government," Al Mmari said.