Prince Alfonso, Cousin of Spain’s King, Died In Ski Accident
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) _ Prince Alfonso de Bourbon of Spain, a cousin of King Juan Carlos, was killed Monday in a ski accident on the men’s downhill course as it was being prepared for the World Alpine Ski Championships, officials said.
Alfonso de Bourbon, 52, Duke of Cadiz and Anjou, was not in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. He served as his country as ambassador to Sweden from 1970 to 1973 and as a lieutenant in the Spanish air force.
World Alpine officials initially gave out few details of his death, which occurred about 4 p.m. Monday at the finish line of the downhill course at Beaver Creek Resort.
All official functions scheduled Monday night were cancelled by World Alpine officials, who also ordered flags flown at half staff.
Alfonso de Bourbon was a member of the Council of the International Ski Federation and former president of the Spanish Ski Federation.
His father was the elder brother of the father of King Juan Carlos, and they both were sons of King Alfonso XIII, who abdicated the Spanish throne in 1931.
Alfonso formerly was married to Carmen Franco, granddaughter of the late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, but they were divorced several years ago.
Right-wing monarchists in France wanted the prince to be named king of France if the throne were ever restored. The Bourbons ruled France fom the 16th century until the French Revolution in 1789.