03 Alfonso XIII by Heirs to the Throne Project Podcasts published on 2017-03-04T12:34:43Z ‘The altar boy king?’ Alfonso XIII was king of Spain from the moment of his birth in 1886 because his father had died during his mother’s pregnancy and the Spanish political establishment decided to postpone the succession to see if the new-born would be a male. Alfonso’s mother, the Queen Regent Maria Christina of Habsburg, took a strong interest in her only son’s education. In addition to military training, religious education took up a good part of Alfonso XIII’s daily schedule. From time to time this proximity of the Catholic Church to the court became a topic of public debate. Never more so than in the affair surrounding Alfonso’s teacher Padre Montaña after he had published an anti-liberal article in the Catholic newspaper El Siglo Futuro. This is the story of the affair surrounding the article and the dismissal of Montaña and its consequences for Alfonso XIII’s image and perceived links to the Catholic Church.