Monday, June 23, 2014

New royal baby named Jaime

June 23, 1908

Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain gave birth to a son last night, who was born "before he was expected," and, as a result, many of the witnesses, including the Bishop of Segovia,, were unable to arrive at La Granja in time, reports the New York Times.

King Alfonso XIII presented his infant son formally to the courtiers who were waiting in the throne room at 2:15 a.m.  The baby "lay in a dainty basket filled with lace," and was presented to Premier Maura and other officials and dignitaries of the palace.   Prince and Princess Metternich, guests of the king, were also present.

As the ceremony took place, a "salute of twenty-one guns" was fired outside the palace.    The king "drafted" a telegram to the "chiefs of state" announcing the birth of his second son, and then retired at 2:45 a.m.

The official registration of the birth took place in the throne room at 1:30 this afternoon, where it was announced that the new baby would be called Jaime.

A nurse has been "summoned by telegraph from Santander," but for now, Queen Victoria Eugenia is "nourishing the infant."

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