Thursday, February 5, 2015

Infanta Beatriz chats with dad via telephone

February 5, 1935

Infanta Beatriz, who is on her honeymoon in the United States with her husband, Alessandro, Prince Torlonia, spoke with her father, former King Alfonso XIII of Spain, now living in Rome, by a "transatlantic radio telephone from the National Broadcasting Company studios in Rockefeller Center," reports the New York Times.

The 4,000 mile connection took place at 4:45 p.m. (9:45 p.m. in Rome).  King Alfonso told his daughter that the weather in Rome "was hot."

Accompany Infanta Beatriz was her husband, Don Alessandro, her mother-in-law, and several American friends.  They were given a tour of the radio studios by John de Jara Almonte, an executive with the company, who speaks Spanish.  Infanta Beatriz, however, is fluent, in English.

They were able to watch comedian Ed Wynn rehearse a new skit.

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