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ENA (EE-nuh)

1. Bambi’s aunt
2. Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg - queen consort of King Alfonso XIII of Spain
Common clue: Doe in “Bambi”; Alfonso's queen; Aunt in “Bambi”; Spanish queen; Bambi's aunt; Former queen of Spain; “Bambi” character
Crossword puzzle frequency: 4 times a year
Frequency in English language: 46178 / 86800
Original 1942 Bambi Trailer

Don’t be afraid, Bambi,” his mother said. “This is little Faline, and this is your Aunt Ena. Can’t you say hello to them?”

Hello, Bambi,” said the two deer. But Bambi did not say a word.

You have been wanting to meet other deer,” his mother reminded him. “Well, Aunt Ena and Faline are deer just like us. Now, can’t you speak to them?”

Hello,” whispered Bambi in a small, small voice.

Come and play, Bambi,” said Faline. She leaned forward and licked his face.

[Source: Disney Storyland Treasury]


Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (Victoria Eugenie Julia Ena; 24 October 1887 – 15 April 1969) was queen consort of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. She is the first cousin of George V and Maud of Wales. The current King of Spain, Juan Carlos, is her grandson.

Victoria Eugenie was born on 24 October 1887 at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland in the United Kingdom. Her father was Prince Henry of Battenberg, the fourth child and third son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine by his morganatic wife Countess Julia von Hauke, and her mother was Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

As Prince Henry was the product of a morganatic marriage, he took his style of Prince of Battenberg from his mother, who had been created Princess of Battenberg. As such Henry's daughter would have been born Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. She was named for her two grandmothers and for her godmother, Empress Eugénie, the Spanish-born widow of the former Emperor of the French Napoleon III, who lived in exile in the UK. The last of her given names was chosen because of her birth in Scotland (her younger brother Maurice would receive "Donald" as the last of his given names for the same reason) and due to her lineage: Princess Beatrice had written 'Eua' on the birth document (a Gaelic form of 'Eve'), but this was misread by Dr. Cameron Lees, who presided at her christening, as 'Ena'. To her family, and the British general public, she was ever afterwards known as Ena.

Victoria Eugenie grew up in Queen Victoria's household, as the British monarch had reluctantly allowed Beatrice to marry on the condition that she remain her mother's full time companion and personal secretary. She therefore spent her childhood at Windsor Castle, Balmoral, and Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Her father died while on active military service after contracting fever in Africa in 1896. After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the Battenbergs moved to London and took up residence in Kensington Palace. During a summer in Osborne, Victoria Eugenie met Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia, a cousin to Nicholas II. The Grand Duke felt attracted to the beautiful British princess and when they met again in Nice in 1905, he proposed marriage to her. She was about to accept but declined at the last moment.

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