Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Count of Paris' daughter baptised

October 15, 1934

The infant daughter of the Count and Countess of Paris was baptized this morning in an "elaborate service at the Manoir d'Anjou" in Belgium, reports the Associated Press.

The princess was named Helene Astrid Leopoldine.  Her godparents are King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of the Belgians.   Members of the French nobility were present for the ceremony, including a delegation of French Legitimists, as the Count of Paris the pretender to the French throne.

The baptism required "elaborate police precautions."   Prince and Princess Pierre of Orleans-Braganza, parents of the Countess of Paris, stood on the right side of the altar, the Count and Countess of Paris; Princes Pierre and Jean, brothers of the Countess of Paris; her two sisters, the Princesses Marie Francoise and Therese and the Prince and Princess Murat.

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