Monday, June 22, 2009
It's a girl!
June 22, 1909
At 6:25 a.m., today, the Queen of Spain gave birth to a daughter. The newest member of the Spanish royal family will be named Beatriz, after her maternal grandmother, Princess Beatrice, according to the New York Times.
When the queen's accouchement became imminent last night, government officials, including the Premier, "were hastily summoned" to the Palace at La Granja, Dowager Queen Maria Cristina and Princess Beatrice were at Victoria Eugenia's bedside when she delivered her third child.
A fifteen gun salute heralded the birth of the infanta, and there was "the rejoicing thereafter was general."
A half hour after the birth, a very happy and beaming King Alfonso, accompanied by the Mistress of Robes, presented his new daughter to officials who were waiting in an ante-chamber. The infant, "nestled in the basket which was richly adorned with exquisite lace," was said to have blonde hair. She was described as healthy, but smaller than her two brothers, Alfonso, and Jaime, when they were born. Alfonso, 2, is heir to the throne. Jaime will celebrate his first birthday tomorrow.