Thursday, July 16, 2009

A son for Peter and Alexandra

Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection  Baptism photo in October 1945

July 17, 1945

Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia gave birth to a son tonight, according to a communique sent to the media by King Peter's office. The Queen and the infant prince are both "doing well." The baby weighed 8.5 lbs.

A government commission "had already been appointed to certify the birth of a child and to proclaim it to the nation," although Yugoslavia has yet to vote to readmit the royal family, according to the New York Times
On June 8, the Yugoslav Legation had officially denied a report that Queen Alexandra had given birth to a son at their home in Sunningdale "last night." The news was published by the Daily Sketch, but Britain's Press Association reported that "the birth of Queen Alexandra's baby is not expected in the immediate future."
The new Crown Prince was born in London in Room 212 at the Claridge's Hotel. The room was temporarily deemed to be Yugoslav territory by the British government in order for the baby to be born on Yugoslav soil.
The name of the new prince has not been announced.

(The more recent photos were taken by me.)

British Embassy 1991

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